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Get Involved with IFRT - Call for Committee Volunteers

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