Committee Spotlight from the ILA Alert

Intellectual Freedom Committee

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 organizations whose materials are challenged or have access to information restricted. In addition to being prepared to defend, the committee also takes a proactive approach to educate and inform library workers on issues of interest to members of Library land. The committee also selects the winner of the ILA Intellectual Freedom award to an individual who has demonstrated exemplary work towards securing the rights of citizens to read, learn, and grow.

This year, the Intellectual Freedom Committee will be creating a series of free webinars to ILA members. The first webinar will be held on January 6th, 2021 as part of the ILA’s Noon Network and will be featuring the legendary Chicago historian Timuel Black. Mr. Black, who turns 102 this month, has overcome a century’s worth of challenges and is ready to drop some knowledge on our members!

In addition, the committee has reached out to the ALA’s Freedom to Read Foundation for joint sponsorship for upcoming webinars and the ILA’s annual conference this summer.
If you are dedicated to the principles of intellectual freedom and would like to join us, contact Cyndi Robinson to be considered for membership.


This spotlight was written by the Intellectual Freedom Committee Chair Leigh Anne Wilson. Leigh Anne is the Preschool Outreach Librarian at Carol Stream Public Library.

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