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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.

The IFRT Members Community group is the central hub for discussion, library and events. It is visible to all ALA members but only IFRT members can participate in the conversation.

  • 1.  EDI Assembly + IFRT

    Posted Sep 23, 2021 12:34 PM

    IFRT Chair, Rhonda Evans, is still looking for an IFRT member to serve as a liaison to the EDI Assembly.



    • Share updates to the IFRT executive board during meetings or on Connect
    • Represent the IFRT in discussions and share IFRT events and publications
    • Present other organizations with issues and documents upon which the IFRT executive board may wish to act
    • Speak up for intellectual freedom in proceedings when appropriate


    Jennifer Shimada, chair of the ODLOS Advisory Committee and convener of the EDI Assembly encourages you to join the EDI Assembly.


    What's the EDI Assembly? 

    At the 2020 Midwinter Meeting, the ALA Executive Board charged the ODLOS Advisory Committee with creating an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Assembly.  The purpose of this EDI Assembly is to provide a forum for all groups within ALA and ALA-affiliated organizations working on initiatives related to equity, diversity, and inclusion to discuss their activities, identify opportunities for collaboration and coordination, and explore new initiatives related to the association's strategic direction for equity, diversity, and inclusion.  The ALA EDI Assembly convened for the first time in August 2020, and met four times in the first year.  

    Who's invited?

    All groups within ALA and ALA-affiliated organizations working on initiatives related to equity, diversity, and inclusion are invited to send representatives. Individuals interested in equity, diversity, and inclusion are also welcomed to attend and participate. Volunteers will serve two-year terms on the assembly, with flexibility as needed.

    How do I sign up?  

    You can sign up for the EDI Assembly through the ALA Volunteer Form: www.ala.org/aboutala/committees/volunteer/frm_vol

    Choose ALA from the drop-down menu. You will have the option to choose from different committees; select EDI Assembly.


    Please contact Rhonda, Jennifer, or myself if you have any questions. kpekoll@ala.org




    Kristin Pekoll, CAE

    Assistant Director

    Office for Intellectual Freedom



    225 N Michigan Ave, Suite 1300, Chicago, IL 60601



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