May, 2023: This month the Intellectual Freedom Round Table is highlighting the experiences of IFRT member Sarah Colbert.
April, 2023: This month the Intellectual Freedom Round Table is highlighting the experiences of IFRT member Rachel Wells.
Four members of the 2023 ALA Emerging Leaders cohort are now at work on a research project for the Intellectual Freedom Round Table. The project team, made up of Maya Bergamasco, Paul McMonigle, Sarah Colbert and Rach Wells, recently sent a survey to the library associations of all 50 states. The goal is to use the information they gather to create a resource for librarians facing materials challenges.
March, 2023: This month the Intellectual Freedom Round Table is highlighting the experiences of IFRT member Lydia King.
This month the Intellectual Freedom Round Table is highlighting the work and experiences of IFRT Member IFRT Member Spotlight Kristin Pekoll.
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Nominations for the Immroth Award recognizing personal courage in the defense of intellectual freedom are due December 1, for the Oboler Award honoring a book are due December 1, and for the Hodges Award celebrating an organization dedicated to intellectual freedom are due January 1.
This month the Intellectual Freedom Round Table is highlighting the work and concerns of IFRT Member Nadia Orozco-Sahi.
Sam Jack is the adult services librarian at Newton Public Library in Newton, Kansas – near Wichita. Sam received a BA in English from Harvard and an MFA in poetry from the University of Montana, then spent several years working as a journalist before earning an MLS from Emporia State University. He is three years into his career as a librarian. He serves as a member of the Intellectual Freedom Round Table’s Publications and Communications Committee, and was part of the 2022 class of ALA Emerging Leaders. Outside of the library world, Sam enjoys writing poetry and singing opera and classical choral music.
Dorcas Hand is a retired school librarian who faced a few materials challenges during her career, but none that reached the level of current events. She currently holds a seat on the board of the Freedom to Read Foundation and serves as the Retired Members Round Table liaison to the ALA Committee on Library Advocacy (COLA). Dorcas co-chairs the COLA Ecosystem Initiative Subcommittee and is the ALA Chapter Councilor for Texas.