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.


Committee Spotlight from the ILA Alert
December 10, 2020
The members of the Intellectual Freedom committee are dedicated to defending the rights of their community’s ability to access accurate information and to prevent censorship of library materials. We are available to assist and support…
Committee Spotlight from the ILA Alert
February 20, 2020
Intellectual Freedom is a concept near and dear to our hearts.  Our Association’s Intellectual Freedom Committee works to resist all attempts at censorship and serves as a ready brigade to assist you and your library with any cha…
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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Report Challenges to Library Materials

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. Leigh Anne Wilson Leigh Anne Wilson, Chair Librarian at Carol Stream Public Library

    Chair Term ends 06/30/2021
    Member Term ends 06/30/2021

  2. Suzanne Arist Suzanne Arist, Member Wilmette Public Library District

    Member Term ends 06/30/2022

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

    Member Term ends 06/30/2021

  4. Jennifer Hunt Jennifer Hunt, Member Deputy Director at Schaumburg Township District Library

    Member Term ends 06/30/2021

  5. Julia Nephew Julia Nephew, Member Librarian at Addison Public Library

    Member Term ends 06/30/2022

  6. Barb Posinger Barb Posinger, Member Sandwich Public Library District

    Member Term ends 06/30/2022

  7. Edward G Remus Edward G Remus, Member Social Sciences Librarian at Northeastern Illinois University

    Member Term ends 06/30/2022

  8. Timothy P. Jarzemsky Timothy P. Jarzemsky, Board liaison Library Director at Bloomingdale Public Library

    Board liaison Term ends 06/30/2021

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

    Staff liaison Term ends 06/30/2025

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