Intellectual Freedom Committee

News

Deborah Caldwell-Stone, Director of the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom, Named Recipient of the 2021 Intellectual Freedom Award
July 1, 2021
The 2021 Illinois Library Association Intellectual Freedom Award is awarded to Deborah Caldwell-Stone, director of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom and the Executive Director of the Freedom to Read Foundation. …
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…

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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 Charge

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.

The Intellectual Freedom Committee chair(s) serve(s) ex officio on ILA's Public Policy Committee.


Committee Composition

Composed of up to ten members,  serving two-year, staggered terms.


Committee Reports


  1. Matthew Matkowski Matthew Matkowski, Co-chair Associate Head of Public Services at Palos Heights Public Library

    Co-chair Term ends 06/30/2023
    Member Term ends 06/30/2023

  2. Jeremy Andrykowski Jeremy Andrykowski, Member Director of Operations at Oak Park Public Library

    Member Term ends 06/30/2023

  3. Kathy L Dejnowski Kathy L Dejnowski, Member Thornton Public Library

    Member Term ends 06/30/2024

  4. Stephanie Favela Stephanie Favela, Member O'Fallon Public Library

    Member Term ends 06/30/2024

  5. Elizabeth Lynch Elizabeth Lynch, Member Head of Teen Services at Addison Public Library

    Member Term ends 06/30/2024

  6. Betsy Mahoney Betsy Mahoney, Member Branch Manager at Six Mile Regional Library District

    Member Term ends 06/30/2023

  7. Catherine Purcell Catherine Purcell, Member Library Associate at Champaign Public Library

    Member Term ends 06/30/2023

  8. Sarah Rice Sarah Rice, Member Research and Knowledge Services Manager at Forefront

    Member Term ends 06/30/2024

  9. Heidi Smith Heidi Smith, Member Executive Director at Highland Park Public Library

    Member Term ends 06/30/2024

  10. Cassandra Thompson Cassandra Thompson, Member SHARE Director at Illinois Heartland Library System - Edwardsville

    Member Term ends 06/30/2023

  11. Michelle Oh Michelle Oh, Board liaison Education Librarian at Northeastern Illinois University

    Board liaison Term ends 06/30/2023

  12. Kristin Pekoll Kristin Pekoll, Staff liaison Conference and Continuing Education Manager at Illinois Library Association

    Staff liaison Term ends 06/30/2025


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