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Agenda and Attachments for the January 17, 2010 Meeting in Boston

American Library Association

ACRL Intellectual Freedom Committee

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ALA Midwinter Conference

Boston, MA

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Boston Marriott Copley, Grand Ballroom E 

 

Agenda

  1. Introduction of committee members and guests
  2. Appointment of a recorder and a timekeeper
  3. Approval of minutes from 2009 Annual Conference meeting and today’s agenda [Exhibit 1 in the ACRL IFC Documents Folder in ALA Connects]
  4. Discussion of our outreach/education projects
    1. ACRL IFT Blog
      1. The purpose of ACRL’s Intellectual Freedom Committee Blog is to promote discussion of intellectual freedom issues among academic librarians. Initially, we intended to have a parallel blog for higher education students that would also promote such discussion.
      2. Our record shows that we have not been successful in prompting the members of this committee to post regularly. This is not a matter of blame nor should any members feel guilty.
      3. While not contributing regularly, some of us do enjoy writing for the blog occasionally and might even wish to do so after leaving the IFC.
      4. Should we explore some way of opening the blog to a wider range of academic librarians?
    2. The intellectual freedom posters and flyers [Exhibits 2a and 2b in the ACRL IFC Documents Folder in ALA Connects]
      1. The purpose of the flyer and poster entitled “What would the Founders say about intellectual freedom and academic libraries?” was to prompt awareness and discussion of intellectual freedom issues.
      2. The flyers and posters were offered at the 2009 ACRL Conference and at the 2009 Annual Conference, but few were taken.
      3. Are there related project that we could pursue to promote awareness and discussion of IF among our colleagues?
      4. Two years ago, we were developing a post card giveaway as a similar promotion of IF to higher education students. How do we judge the viability of that project in light of the poster project?
  5. Brainstorm ideas for a 2011 program at Annual Conference
    1. Our committee’s main focus has been on promoting awareness and concern about IF among our colleagues and suggesting to our colleagues ways in which they can do the same with higher education students. What sorts of programs would address these goals?
    2. In our program last July “Academic and Intellectual Freedom Climate on Campus” a number of challenges to IF were identified [Exhibit 3 in the ACRL IFC Documents Folder in ALA Connects]. What sorts of programs would address these challenges?
    3. What other ACRL units might we approach to co-sponsor programs?
    4. The deadline for submissions is May 1, 2010. If we cannot come to a decision at this meeting, we should schedule a virtual meeting of a subcommittee to work on this over the next three months. We should be able to facilitate such a meeting through a phone conference call or some other means.
  6. Planning a (preconference) workshop on working on intellectual freedom issues with students
    1. Paul Beavers was to have led an online discussion of this on intfreedom@ala.org, but failed to do so. Another committee member will need to take the lead on this if we are to submit a proposal in a timely fashion. Again, we should schedule a virtual meeting of a subcommittee to work on this over the next three months. We should be able to facilitate such a meeting through a phone conference call or some other means.
    2. The consensus was that we should aim for a half-day (4 hour workshop). Do we still believe that should be the focus?
    3. The discussion at previous meetings suggest that the workshop will in some form focus on the IFC’s concern with promoting awareness and discussion of intellectual freedom issue among students (primarily  undergraduates?).
  7. Collecting academic library intellectual freedom best practices
    1. Paul Beavers was to have drafted a message to the ACRL State Chapter heads to solicit their input on what aspects of promoting intellectual freedom we should address. Paul will draft such a letter by Monday, February 1, 2010.
    2. A subcommittee should be formed to oversee this process. Once again we should probably scheduled a couple of virtual meetings of this subcommittee between now and annual to oversee this process.
    3. How shall we proceed in collecting these practices?
    4. How do we envision the final document?
  8. Defining the SMART Goals for the Committee [Exhibits 4a and 4b in the ACRL IFC Documents Folder in ALA Connects]
    1. The SMART Goals drafted for the Fall 2009 should be revised with an eye toward our SMART Goals for Fall 2010.
    2. A subcommittee to work on these goals should be formed. Once again we should probably scheduled a couple of virtual meetings of this subcommittee between now and annual to oversee this process.
  9. Updates from the Freedom to Read Foundation and ALA IFC meetings [Exhibits 5a and 5b in the ACRL IFC Documents Folder in ALA Connects]
  10. Other business