Intellectual Freedom Committee

Works to resist all attempts to censor library materials or to restrict public access to information. Keeps abreast of statewide and national issues and challenges. Gathers and disseminates information to the membership. Serves as a clearinghouse and source of information for libraries seeking assistance. Promotes intellectual freedom by actively contacting library and school officials where materials or procedures have been challenged, offering the assistance of the ILA membership. Raises awareness and provides continuing education activities. Selects the Intellectual Freedom Award winner. Provides leadership and assistance in access and privacy for electronic information.


Dr. Nicole Cooke, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Named Recipient of the Intellectual Freedom Award
July 16, 2019
The 2019 Illinois Library Association Intellectual Freedom Award is awarded to Dr. Nicole Cooke, Associate Professor and MS/LIS Program Director University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. The award, presented by the ILA Intellectual Freedom Committee, …

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Since 1990, the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom has maintained a database on challenged materials. You can report challenges to materials in your library's collection by following the link below. 

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Committee Composition

Committee membership is not more than ten personal members from diverse types of library settings. Members serve a two-year, staggered term. Chair is appointed by the vice president/president-elect of ILA for one year.

  1. Paul Mills Paul Mills, Chair Fountaindale Public Library District

    Chair Term ends 06/30/2020

  2. Rose M. Barnes Rose M. Barnes, Member Adult and Teen Services Librarian at Oak Park Public Library

    Member Term ends 06/30/2020

  3. Joan Bauer Joan Bauer, Member Illinois Heartland Library System

    Member Term ends 06/30/2021

  4. Antony Deter Antony Deter, Member Dixon Public Library District

    Member Term ends 06/30/2021

  5. Jenn Hunt Jenn Hunt, Member Lincolnwood Public Library District

    Member Term ends 06/30/2021

  6. Daniel Matthews Daniel Matthews, Member Digital Services Librarian at Moraine Valley Community College

    Member Term ends 06/30/2020

  7. Tracy Ruppman Tracy Ruppman, Member Reference/Instruction Librarian & Liaison for the School of Education at Loyola University of Chicago

    Member Term ends 06/30/2020

  8. Leigh Anne Wilson Leigh Anne Wilson, Member Librarian at Carol Stream Public Library

    Member Term ends 06/30/2021

  9. Jose Miguel Ruiz Jose Miguel Ruiz, Board liaison Supervising Librarian Robert Crown Branch at Evanston Public Library

    Board liaison Term ends 06/30/2020

  10. Cyndi Robinson Cyndi Robinson, Staff liaison Deputy Director at Illinois Library Association

    Staff liaison Term ends 06/30/2025

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