Kristin Joy Anderson is an academic librarian in the Western Chicago Suburbs. She grew up in West Central Illinois where there was nothing to do except read and chase down the outside kitties. She has a MS in Mass Communications and an MLIS. Her favorite books are American Gods and Ready Player One. In her spare time she reviews for Library Journal and School Library Journal, and still enjoys chasing kitties. She is super into graphic novels and super hero movies, and can’t wait for the next books for Game of Thrones because she hopes they redeem the last season. Read about other members of the IFRT Executive Committee.
1. What made you want to be a part of the IFRT?
While attending library school, we did a unit on intellectual freedom and it lit the already smoldering fire I had for intellectual freedom. So, when I got the chance to join round tables with my first ALA membership, IFRT was my first choice.
2. What is your favorite part about being involved in IFRT?
I love being involved with a group of like-minded individuals who are as passionate about intellectual freedom as I am. We have a fantastic group of people and I look forward to all of our meetings. We are also a very diverse group, and I feel it helps all of us grow as individuals and professionally.
3. Have you joined any IFRT programs recently? What was your favorite?
Yes, I recently attended the IFRT virtual Happy Hour that was being run by our current President Wanda Mae Huffaker. It was really fun hanging out with everyone and getting to know some of the people who belong to the IFRT gang.
4. If you could meet your favorite banned book character, who would you meet and why?
I would probably want to meet Lyra Belacqua from His Dark Materials. It’s such a masterfully told story, and she has such a great character arch. Plus, it would be fun to travel across the multiverse and find out what my daemon looks like.
The Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) provides a forum for the discussion of activities, programs and problems in intellectual freedom of libraries and librarians; serves as a channel of communications on intellectual freedom matters; promotes a greater opportunity for involvement among the members of the ALA in defense of intellectual freedom; promotes a greater feeling of responsibility in the implementation of ALA policies on intellectual freedom.