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IFC, IFRT, FTRF Liaison Report to the Board of the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies
The Freedom to Read Foundation Board will meet on Friday January 7, 2016 in Boston. I will attend. In addition to other business, such as updates on legal cases, the Developing Issues Committee will report on the following issues:
Religion in libraries
Services to diverse populations
Intellectual freedom/free speech
Privacy and national security
As a committee member I am preparing the report on services to diverse populations and have been actively participating in email committee work.
Intellectual Freedom Committee Midwinter 2016 preview
Among topics to be discussed in Boston will be IFC's annual conference program which will probably focus on trigger warnings and/or the developing sense among young students that they have a right to not study certain topics; new Banned Books Week posters; Workbook on Selection Policy; National Surveillance Resolution; Visual and Performing Arts project; User Generated Content; IFLA Right to Be Forgotten; E-rate; Religion in Public Libraries; Creative Content Q&A and ASCLA’s Resolution Concerning Accessibility of ALA Conferences and Meetings for People with Disabilities. IFC meeting are on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.
I participated on one telephone meeting on December 16.
The Intellectual Freedom Roundtable Midwinter 2016 preview
IFRT will meet on Saturday and Monday. In addition to other topics the program at annual on Trigger Warnings and Academic Freedom will be discussed.
Eldon Ray James
Liaison with Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF), Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC) and Intellectual Freedom Roundtable (IFRT)
The Conference Programming Committee has not met since our last virtual meeting in June 2015. I was available at the ASCLA Board meeting in San Francisco to discuss the committee's decisions.
Since my appointment as chair in September 2015 I have shared email conversations with several new members. In late December each member of the committee will receive notice of the meeting at Midwinter during the ASCLA All-Committees meeting session.
I attend the online training session for committee chairs on Dec. 14.
After Midwinter each committee member will be provided information on virtual meetings and provided copies of the forms required to submit program/institute proposals for Midwinter and Annual in 2017 as soon as the ASCLA staff provide those forms.
I have notified the ASCLA Interest Groups of which I am member that the time to start preparing program/institute proposals is now and will encourage other committee members to do the same. Once proposal forms are available I will do listserv "blast" seeking programs ideas.
Eldon Ray James