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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.  Farewell to Ellie Diaz

    Posted Jul 09, 2021 11:15 AM

    It is with no small measure of sadness that we announce that Ellie Diaz, OIF's Program Officer extraordinaire, will be leaving ALA full-time employment to begin new adventures.  Her last day as a full-time employee will be July 14.

     Five years ago Ellie left her internship at the Public Programs Office to become the staff liaison to the Intellectual Freedom Committee, coordinator of ALA's Banned Book Week, and social media maven who soon took over as the managing editor of the Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy.  A stellar writer, journalist, organizer, copy-editor, and lover of Chipotle, she's been an integral member of the OIF team whose talents, dedication, and ideas have contributed to the success of the office and the member groups she supports so well.  

    Ellie is a wonderful colleague, a dear friend, and a passionate supporter of ALA's members and mission.  We take some small measure of comfort that she will be working on a few small projects for Banned Books Week 2021, but we will miss her and Alice, her faithful chihuahua.  We celebrate her achievements here at ALA and look forward to hearing about her future successes.

     Ellie, all our best wishes go with you as you start your new adventure.

    Deborah Caldwell-Stone
    American Library Association

  • 2.  RE: Farewell to Ellie Diaz

    Posted Jul 09, 2021 11:28 AM
    Ellie fixed more of my mistakes than I ever knew I made .   I have  considered her a friend.  This leaves a hole in my heart.

    Wanda Huffaker
    Salt Lake County Library

  • 3.  RE: Farewell to Ellie Diaz

    Posted Jul 09, 2021 01:47 PM
    No! No! No! I cannot go on without Ellie, OK I can but it will not be easy. She saved me more times than I care to estimate and put me on the path to numerous solutions. Always a smile and a friendly word to start Zoom meetings. She is priceless and will not be easily replaced. Good luck to her!
    Ray James

  • 4.  RE: Farewell to Ellie Diaz

    Posted Jul 12, 2021 08:11 AM

    Ellie – happy new adventures!  You are amazing, talented, and an outstanding Intellectual Freedom advocate.  I will miss you and thank you for all of your help and friendship these past few years. 



    Sara Dallas

    Director – Southern Adirondack Library System

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    Saratoga Springs, NY 12866


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    518-584-7300 ext 205




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