NYLA Intellectual Freedom Committee

Charge

The Intellectual Freedom Committee of NYLA recommends policy to and interprets policy for NYLA, responds to threats to Intellectual Freedom involving libraries in New York State and supports other organizations that promote Intellectual Freedom in New York State and the nation.  Specifically, the Intellectual Freedom Committee shall:

•    Be informed of all current Intellectual Freedom issues and legislation occurring in New York State and keep abreast of issues and legislation occurring outside New York State.
•    Respond to and attempt correction of all infringements and violations by any individual, group or library, of the principles of intellectual Freedom as set forth by the American Library Association in the Library Bill of Rights.
•    Act in concert with the Legislative Committee of NYLA to analyze and, as needed, act upon legislation that might have an impact on Intellectual Freedom.
•    Upon request consult with any librarian whose employment or position is threatened in an incident involving Intellectual Freedom and if necessary refer the matter to the President of NYLA.
•    Upon request assist other organizations in responding to infringements and violations of the principles of Intellectual Freedom.
•    Maintain a clearinghouse of information concerning Intellectual Freedom for the use of the Committee and members of NYLA.

Composition

The chair is appointed by the NYLA President-Elect for a one year term, with start and end dates coinciding with the Annual Conference.  The NYLA President-Elect also appoints two at-large members who serve for a three-year term, with start and end dates coinciding with the Annual Conference.  Each Section may appoint a representative to serve on the committee for a renewable one-year term, with start and end dates coinciding with the Annual Conference.

 

Intellectual Freedom Manual