The ALA Annual Conference offers numerous opportunities to explore and celebrate intellectual freedom. This post highlights fourteen intellectual freedom-themed conference sessions, including live panel discussions and on-demand sessions, the Intellectual Freedom Awards Celebration, and business meetings. As you plan your #ALAAC21 calendar, consider adding these sessions to your schedule!
This month we would like to highlight IFRT Member Katie Chamberlain.
The LeRoy C. Merritt Humanitarian Fund has made a huge difference for many people who have found themselves in difficult employment and defense of intellectual freedom situations. Read about Karla Shafer’s story.
This month we would like to highlight IFRT Member Julie Hornick.
Government interference in classroom curricula. Financial pressures and conflicts of interests. The death of tenure. Trigger warnings, cancel culture, censorship, and the chilling effect. With all the pressures threatening open inquiry and free expression on campus, you might wonder: “Does academic freedom have a future?” Join the IFRT Reads community to explore this question with Oboler Award-winning author and academic freedom scholar, Henry Reichman, and his 2019 book, The Future of Academic Freedom.
This month we would like to highlight IFRT Member Molly Dettmann.
IFRT invites all current members to attend its First All Member Gathering of IFRT on Friday, April 30, 2021, from 3-4pm CST. This virtual gathering will feature an overview of IFRT’s current and vital work that supports the rights of library users to read, seek information, and speak freely as guaranteed by the First Amendment.
This month we would like to highlight IFRT Member Michael Blackwell.
As libraries undertake important DEI and social justice work, questions arise about complicity, censorship, privacy, and the chilling effect. Frosty Windows, Frosty Mirrors will feature expert panelists discussing their current thinking and practice on these important and challenging issues. After the panel, attendees will have the opportunity to share their perspectives with panelists in break-out room listening sessions. Seats are filling up fast – register today!
In 2021, there will also be three items reflecting proposed changes to the IFRT bylaws. These changes must be approved by the membership by a majority of votes cast in order for the amendments to be adopted.