Intellectual Freedom Committee  

Workshop Offered for Staff Development & Training Days

Do you have a Staff Development Day coming up, and you don't know what to offer for programming?  Are you looking for a reasonable-cost training option for your library staff?  Does your front-line staff need training in the basic principles of intellectual freedom, and an opportunity to discuss censorship and access issues?  Would you like to have Massachusetts Librarians come and speak with your staff about the importance of their role in safeguarding the freedom to read? If so, then the Massachusetts Library Association's Intellectual Freedom Committee (MLA-IFC) has an answer for you! 

MLA-IFC offers a half-day workshop based on the ALA program "Defending Access with Confidence: A Practical Workshop on Intellectual Freedom."  Members of MLA-IFC will come to your Library and present this interactive workshop which can be tailored to the needs your staff.  The cost for the workshop is $300 plus mileage for up to two members of the committee.  For this low cost, the MLA-IFC will provide a fast-paced training workshop with handouts guaranteed to make your staff think more deeply about their role in protecting patrons' freedom to read.  Topics covered include an overview of freedom of speech & libraries, a review of common library policies & procedures regarding intellectual freedom and censorship and how to respond to intellectual freedom challenges in your library. 

For more information or to book a workshop date please contact Krista McLeod at 978-686-4080 x10 or


Committee Mission:

The mission of Massachusetts Library Association's (MLA's) Intellectual Freedom Committee (MLA-IFC) is to inform and educate librarians and the general public about the nature and importance of intellectual freedom.  The MLA-IFC encourages libraries and library staff to adhere to the principles of intellectual freedom, including unimpeded access to information, freedom of expression and the privacy rights of library users.  The Committee also advocates for public policy that is consistent with the highest standards of good library practice and which supports freedom of thought and access to information for all people.

MLA-IFC develops, proposes and implements a process for MLA participation in national events and days such as Freedom of Information Day and Banned Books week, represents MLA on issues of intellectual freedom and provides assistance and/or information to librarians who have issues or questions about intellectual freedom situations.  The committee selects and prepares information dealing with intellectual freedom issues for addition to the MLA web site, develops programming for annual conference and develops an award for presentation to an individual who has protected intellectual freedom.

Committee Co-Chairs:

Diane Annunziato
Parker Memorial Library
28 Arlington Street
Dracut, MA 01827
Phone: 978-454-5474
Jacqueline Rafferty
Paul Pratt Memorial Library
35 Ripley Road
Cohasset, MA 02025
Phone: 781-383-1348

Committee Members:

 Jenny Arch  Robbins Library
 Jessica Atherton  Newburyport Public Library
 Anna Call  Boxford Town Library
 Kathleen Kenny
 Kathy Lussier
 Alison Macrina
 Framingham and Waltham Public Libraries
 Massachusetts Library Network Cooperative
 Watertown Public Library                                                                                                                  
 Elizabeth Marcus  Brockton Public Library
 Krista McLeod  Nevins Memorial Library
 Zachary Newell
 Diane Rodriguez
 Dave Slater
 Salem State University
 Marlborough Public Library
 Old Colony Library Network
 Priya Subramanian  Worcester Public Library

Meeting Schedule:

Visit the MLA calendar of events for the next Intellectual Freedom Committee meeting. All are welcome, please join us!

Helpful Resources:

Banned Books Week
Challenges to library materials
Massachusetts Library Association's Internet Filtering Statement
MLA Resolution on USA Patriot Act reauthorization
Massachusetts Library Confidentiality Law
Privacy rights of minors and Massachusetts state law
USA Patriot Act
The Day We Fight Back

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