OIF and Intellectual Freedom in Atlanta

Committee on Professional Ethics (COPE), Intellectual Freedom Committee, Intellectual Freedom Round Table, Midwinter Meeting/Annual Conference, Office for Intellectual Freedom

ALA's Midwinter Meeting 2017 in Atlanta

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ALA’s 2017 Midwinter Meeting is in Atlanta, Georgia, and the Office for Intellectual Freedom will be there staffing the different committee meetings and programs.

Committee meetings and programs are open to any attendee, and are often a good way to learn about the business of ALA and its intellectual freedom initiatives. You can find all of these sessions and others about intellectual freedom in the conference scheduler and at the bottom of this post in a downloadable PDF. You might also enjoy the 2017 ALA Midwinter Preview provided by American Libraries.


Private Security and Civic Engagement: Tips from the Kansas City Public Library
Saturday, Jan. 21, at 3 – 4 p.m.
During a lecture titled “Truman and Israel” at the Kansas City (Mo.) Public Library last spring, Director of Public Programming Steve Woolfolk was arrested and injured by off-duty police when he intervened with the arrest of an audience member, who was asking the speaker a question. The incident made headlines in September as both patron and director still faced charges. Woolfolk and Crosby Kemper III, executive director of the library, will discuss private security entanglements and a library’s role in fostering difficult conversations.

Attendees will leave the session with an understanding of the complexities of civic engagement and tips on how to prepare for heated public programs.

Committee/Round Table Meetings

Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC)
I: Saturday, Jan. 21 at 8 – 10 a.m.
II: Saturday, Jan. 21 at 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
III: Sunday, Jan. 22 at 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
IV: Sunday, Jan. 22 at 3 – 4:30 p.m.
V: Monday, Jan. 23 at 1 – 4 p.m.

IFC Privacy Subcommittee
Sunday, Jan. 22 at 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT)
II: Monday, Jan. 23 at 8:30 – 10 a.m.

Committee on Professional Ethics (COPE or Ethics)
I: Saturday, Jan. 21 at 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
II: Monday, Jan. 23 at 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Committee on Legislation & Intellectual Freedom Committee Joint Meeting (COL/IFC)
Sunday, Jan. 22 at 8:30 – 9:15 a.m.

Freedom to Read Foundation
Friday, Jan. 20 at 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.


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