[kids-lib] OLA Intellectual Freedom Committee is seeking new members

Katie Anderson katie.anderson at state.or.us
Fri Jul 14 11:45:11 PDT 2017

Posted on behalf of OLA's Intellectual Freedom Committee.

The Oregon Library Association Intellectual Freedom Committee<http://www.olaweb.org/if-home> currently has two open positions and is seeking new members.

We are looking for individuals who are passionate about intellectual freedom and excited about sharing information and support with libraries and library staff in Oregon. We are hoping to increase the diversity of our committee in terms of geographic area, cultural background, and type of library (especially public and school libraries).

To apply, please send a letter of interest (no longer than 1 page) to Ross Betzer, the current chair of the committee at ifc.chair at olaweb.org<mailto:ifc.chair at olaweb.org>. Please include information about: the areas of intellectual freedom that interest you, your availability to participate in committee work, and the work and life experience which you would bring to the committee. The deadline for applying is Friday, July 28, 2017.

The Intellectual Freedom Committee is a 9-member standing OLA committee with the charge of supporting the library community's commitment to the freedom to read, open access to information, and other intellectual freedom issues throughout the state. Ongoing projects of the committee include:

  *   supporting Banned Books Week;
  *   sponsoring sessions at the OLA conference on IF issues;
  *   supporting libraries that receive a challenge to their materials;
  *   providing information on IF issues through listserv communication, social media, web tool kits, and other resources;
  *   providing a searchable database of news reports related to intellectual freedom issues in Oregon;
  *   honoring Intellectual Freedom Champions;
  *   working with the Legislative Committee and the OLA Board on topical issues that arise, such as net neutrality.
The IFC meets approximately six times a year, plus a short meeting at the OLA annual conference. Most committee members participate remotely, either via GoToMeeting or conference call.

What's in it for you? Among other things, you will receive: the satisfaction of helping colleagues around the state, an opportunity to meet and work with smart librarians outside of your own library, and the chance to contribute to the preservation of intellectual freedom.

If you have any questions about the committee, please feel free to contact me with them!


Ross Betzer
Chair - Oregon Library Association Intellectual Freedom Committee<http://www.olaweb.org/if-home>
Local Resource/Catalog Librarian - Multnomah County Library
ifc.chair at olaweb.org<mailto:ifc.chair at olaweb.org>
503.988.5728 (Sun, Mon, Wed) / 503.988.5466 (Tue, Thu)

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