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Discussion Get Involved with IFRT - Call for Committee Volunteers

by Charles Kratz on Sun, May 14, 2017 at 03:51 pm

Get Involved with IFRT 

Get Involved with IFRT 

As Chair-Elect of IFRT, I am working on appointments for the 2017-2018 program year and invite you to express your interest in serving on an IFRT committee. Appointments will be made for all IFRT committees. Members can also express their willingness to run for the Executive Board in the 2018 election. Please complete the Committee Volunteer Form if you are interested in serving on a committee and/or serving on the Executive Board.

Click here and complete the Committee Volunteer Form...

Please apply by June 12, 2017.

Bylaws and Organization Committee - This committee works on the Bylaws of IFRT.

John Phillip Immroth Award Committee - This committee serves as the award jury to select and honor notable contributions to intellectual freedom and demonstrations of personal courage in defense of freedom of expression.  

Coalition Building Committee - Charged with administering the Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter Relations Award, this committee recognizes that effective coalition building in units provides the necessary framework to defend censorship at the ground level.

Membership Committee - The mission of the Membership Committee is to develop and undertake effective ways to attract new members to IFRT, as well as to retain current members. The Membership Committee works with IFRT's Board and other IFRT committees to communicate the value of belonging to IFRT.

Merritt Support Committee - The LeRoy C. Merritt Humanitarian Fund provides financial support to librarians who are denied employment rights because of their defense of intellectual freedom and privacy, or as a result of discrimination. As a member of this committee, you will join in this important work by raising awareness of the Merritt fund.

Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award Committee - The Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award, which consists of $500 and a certificate, is presented biannually (next in 2018) for the best published work in the area of intellectual freedom. Members of the Oboler Award Committee review the books and journal articles submitted for consideration and determine which piece of writing to honor. They are experts in the field; reading the submissions enhances their expertise on the subject of intellectual freedom enormously. Committee members are in excellent positions to appreciate the dynamic landscape of intellectual freedom and its implications for both the library community and the wider community.

This coming year 2017-2018 we will looking to create a subgroup to do important fundraising for the Oboler Award.

Program Committee - This committee will plan the 2018 IFRT annual conference program on privacy issues and libraries.  The annual conference will be in New Orleans.

Publications Committee - The publications committee promotes the activities of the IFRT. This includes creating and maintaining a web site of information and producing reports on the activities of the IFRT.

For more information, please contact me at charles.kratz@scranton.edu or at 570-941-4008

Thank you.

Charles Kratz

 

IFRT Vice Chair/Chair-elect

Dean of the Library

Weinberg Memorial Library

The University of Scranton

Scranton, PA 18510

570-941-4008

570-941-7817

charles.kratz@scranton.edu

 

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Discussion IFRT Committee Updates

by Kristin Pekoll-IL (staff) on Wed, Mar 22, 2017 at 10:05 am

Bylaws Committee - The Bylaws Committee reminds you to complete your IFRT ballot by Wednesday, April 5. The ballot includes bylaws revisions that bring IFRT in line with current ALA practices and schedules. The committee asks that you vote to accept all revisions. - Cyndi Robinson, chair.

Bylaws Committee - The Bylaws Committee reminds you to complete your IFRT ballot by Wednesday, April 5. The ballot includes bylaws revisions that bring IFRT in line with current ALA practices and schedules. The committee asks that you vote to accept all revisions. - Cyndi Robinson, chair.

Coalition Building Committee - The Coalition Committee is looking forward to the IFRT Awards Reception on June 24, when we recognize the Oregon Library Association for their dedication to Intellectual Freedom. It's an opportunity to remind ourselves that we do work with very devoted people, who deserve appreciation. Maybe even ourselves. The Gerald Hodges Award is a wonderful way to acknowledge that. - Wanda Mae Huffaker, chair.

Executive Board - The Executive Board has approved a new membership benefit, free intellectual freedom webinars for all IFRT members. They've been working with the treasurer on a FY 2018 budget proposal to be voted on at annual conference. There is a new logo for use on social media and the IFRT website as well as on monthly newsletters. Chair, Cyndi Robinson is also drafting a handbook or timeline to outline the work of the roundtable in order to sustain continuity during leadership changes. - written on behalf of Cyndi Robinson, chair.

Immroth Award Committee - The Immroth Award Committee read through multiple nominations and voted to give the award to Robert P. Doyle. Bob was notified and we wrote a press release for ALA to distribute to all members. We will be working on plans for the upcoming award reception at ALA conference in June. - written on behalf of Michael Furlong, chair.

Membership Committee - The Membership Committee met by conference call on February 17.  The main order of business was getting plans ready to send communications to new, renewing, and non-renewing members of IFRT.  These emailed letters will outline benefits of membership and ways to get engaged in the work of IFRT, as well as determine why lapsed members have chosen not to renew.  This membership communication procedure is intended to be one that will be continued into the future, regardless of committee member turnover.  Another topic of discussion was updating the IFRT membership flyers. - Steve Norman, chair. 

Merritt Fund Committee

Nominating Committee

Oboler Award Committee

Program Committee - The Program Committee is working with panelists to keep them updated on program information and researching to develop panel questions that invokes the highest quality conversation on the topic of  "Intellectual Freedom and Open Access: Working toward a common goal?" In addition to research regarding panelists, we are researching to put together a poster on the same topic to accompany the session. We have submitted the poster idea for the 2017 ALA Annual Conference Poster Session and plan on displaying it at the uncommons to continue dialogue as well as having it available to look at during the program. - Ian Ross Hughes, chair. 

Publication Committee - The Publication Committee met via conference call on March 15th  to assign tasks for the IFRT report and discuss how we can support the newsletter.  We also began designing a social media policy for board approval and decided to digitize and put older IFRT reports on the website along with the newsletters.  This year's IFRT report will be published online in early June 2017. - Eric Johnson, chair.

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Discussion IFRT Call for Participation

by Cynthia M. Robinson on Thu, Mar 19, 2015 at 11:16 am

As Chair of the IFRT Membership Committee, I invite you to indicate your interest in serving on an IFRT Committee, including the Executive Committee. The volunteer form can be found on the IFRT website, along with a full list of committees and their responsibilities.   
 
Please let me know if you have any questions. I look forward to working with you. 
 

As Chair of the IFRT Membership Committee, I invite you to indicate your interest in serving on an IFRT Committee, including the Executive Committee. The volunteer form can be found on the IFRT website, along with a full list of committees and their responsibilities.   
 
Please let me know if you have any questions. I look forward to working with you. 
 

Cyndi
 

Cynthia M. Robinson
Illinois Library Association
33 W. Grand Ave., Ste. 401
Chicago, IL 60654-6799
robinson@ila.org
Phone: 312-644-1896
Fax: 312-644-1899
http://www.ila.org

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Discussion 2017 Agenda and Reports

by Kristin Pekoll-IL (staff) on Tue, Jan 10, 2017 at 09:05 am

Virtual Business Meeting -  Tuesday, January 10, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Central) via Adobe Connect. 

All IFRT members are invited to attend via the link below:

http://ala.adobeconnect.com/ifrt/ 
No password required

IFRT's Business Meeting II will be held Monday, January 23, 8:30 - 10:00 a.m., Georgia World Congress Center, A407.

 

Event IFRT 40th Anniversary Celebration (Tickets available until 6/24)

by Julia Warga on Tue, Jun 18, 2013 at 10:42 am

IFRT 40th Anniversary Celebration

IFRT 40th Anniversary Celebration
http://www.ala.org/ifrt/ifrt-40th-anniversary-celebration 

iday, June 28, 2013 — 7:30pm to 10:00pm
Chicago Cultural Center Preston Bradley Hall
78 E. Washington St. at Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL

Refreshments, including signature cocktails, will be served.
We are pleased to also now be able to offer library-focused tours of this historic building, the former site of the central branch of the Chicago Public Library!

Tickets are only available for purchase until next Monday, 6/24.
Tickets will NOT be available on-site.
For more information on ticket purchasing, go to http://www.ala.org/ifrt/ifrt-40th-anniversary-celebration 

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Event IFRT 40th Anniversary Celebration

by Julia Warga on Mon, Mar 25, 2013 at 03:29 pm

You are invited to join the Intellectual Freedom Round Table at a celebration of 40 years of supporting freedom of access to information and freedom of speech!

You are invited to join the Intellectual Freedom Round Table at a celebration of 40 years of supporting freedom of access to information and freedom of speech!

Friday, June 28, 2013, 7:30-10:00 p.m.
Chicago Cultural Center Preston Bradley Hall
78 E. Washington St. at Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL

Refreshments, including signature cocktails, will be served.

In conjunction with the 2013 ALA Annual Conference

 

Tickets

via ALA's Annual Conference registration system (note: you do not have to register for the Annual Conference to attend). 

Tickets are $30 for IFRT members*, $40 for non-members, and $20 for students.

*If you are not a member, consider joining IFRT for only $15 

 

Sponsorship Opportunities

IFRT is looking for sponsors to help make this event truly memorable!

Sponsorship levels are $100 (Defender), $250 (Advocate), and $500 (Champion) and include tickets, recognition in the program, and other benefits. Sponsorship donations above the price of the tickets are tax deductible.  To become a sponsor of the IFRT 40th anniversary celebration, contact Shumeca Pickett at spickett@ala.org or (312) 280-4220.

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Discussion Librarians and Archivists to Palestine

by Amy Greer (non-member) on Tue, Apr 9, 2013 at 03:46 pm

Can we get to $10,000 by the end of April? Donate today and share with others to send an amazing group of librarians and archivists to Palestine! Learn more about our contingent and donate here: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/librarians-and-archivists-to-palestine

Discussion ACRL members: Friday deadline to volunteer for committees

by Rudy Leon (non-member) on Fri, Feb 15, 2013 at 12:23 pm


  


  

Members of the Association of College & Research Libraries have until this Friday, February 15 to volunteer for ACRL committees.  The Office for Intellectual Freedom and the ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee particularly encourage those who are interested to volunteer for the Ethics Committee and the Intellectual Freedom Committee.  

 To put your name forward as a potential appointee for these committees, fill out the online form on the ACRL site.

 

ACRL is in the process of re-evaluating the charges of the two committees, including the possibility of combining them (this was one of the recommendations of the ACRL Task Force on Structure of Core Organization Values which was charged to suggest how ACRL might best accomplish its aims in this area).  If you wish to formally express your interest in serving ACRL on issues of intellectual freedom and ethics, volunteering for BOTH the IFC and Ethics committees on the current volunteer forms is recommended at this time.

For more information, please refer to Volunteer & Appointment Process and Member Service on ACRL Committees.

 

 

ACRL – www.ala.org/acrl

 

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Event Meeting II (IFRT)

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Wed, Jan 9, 2013 at 12:13 pm

Intellectual Freedom Round Table II meeting

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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.

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