Intellectual Freedom/Social Responsibility Committee 

Workshop Offered for Staff Development and 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/Social Responsibility Committee (MLA- IF/SRC) has an answer for you!

MLA-IFC/SRC offers a half-day workshop based on the ALA program "Defending Access with Confidence: A Practical Workshop on Intellectual Freedom." Members of MLA- IF/SRC 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-IF/SRC 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 and libraries, a review of common library policies and 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

Intellectual Freedom / Social Responsibility Committee Mission Statement

The mission of the MLA Intellectual Freedom/Social Responsibility Committee (MLA-IF/SRC) is to inform and educate librarians and the general public about the nature and importance of intellectual freedom.  The MLA- IF/SRC 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 support freedom of thought and access to information for all people.

MLA-IF/SRC 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 periodically presents an award to an outstanding individual or group who has protected intellectual freedom.

The Committee will also draw attention to human rights issues and social inequity, as social responsibility is a core value of librarianship. The MLA-IF/SRC will help establish progressive priorities within MLA and the state of Massachusetts, conduct programs to educate and inform our library colleagues and the public about social issues, and promote diversity in all aspects of librarianship and library service in the Commonwealth.

Meeting Schedule: The MLA-IF/SCR meets the fourth Tuesday of each month from 10 am until 12 pm. Currently, the Committee meets in the Massachusetts Library System office in Marlborough. Participants may also attend meetings via conference call. Email for conference call access information.

Committee Co-Chairs:

Diane Annunziato
Parker Memorial Library
28 Arlington Street
Dracut, MA 01827
Phone: 978-454-5474
 Susan Pizzolato         
Mattapoisett Free Public Library
7 Barstow Street
Mattapoisett, MA 02739
Phone: 508-758-4171
Jacqueline Rafferty
Paul Pratt Memorial Library
35 Ripley Road
Cohasset, MA 02025
Phone: 781-383-1348

Committee Members:

 Jenny Arch Robbins Library

 Michael Barker
Phillips Academy, Andover
Callan Bignoli
Public Library of Brookline                       
Susan Caulfiled
Michelle Eberle
 Andrea Fiorillo
Newton Free Library
 Mass. Library System
Reading Public Library                                                                                                          
Hansie Grignon
Mass. Library System
 Nanci Milone Hill
Parker Memorial Library
Patience Jackson
Krista McLeod

Mass. Board of Library Comm. (Ret’d.)
Nevins Memorial Library

Tim Silva
Leominster Public Library

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

American Library Association, Office of Intellectual Freedom

American Library Association, Office of Intellectual Freedom

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