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About the Intellectual Freedom Committee

Duties, Goals and Responsibilities of the Intellectual Freedom Committee

      • To aid development of OLA's position on intellectual freedom, interpret it to the public, and act in support of this position.
      • To inform membership of pending legislation, present recommendations, and tender OLA's support of such legislation.
      • To promote development by libraries of  policies related to intellectual freedom, including selection, privacy and electronic transmission.
      • To determine facts in cases of public controversy over censorship, develop a statement of OLA's position, and present OLA's position to all interested parties.
      • To develop liaison with other statewide organizations interested in intellectual freedom.
      • To respond to the OLA President's charge. 
Committee Members

      • Ross Betzer, Chair  (Multnomah County Library) 
      • Kirsten Brodbeck-Kenney  (Driftwood Public Library)
      • Miranda Doyle, OASL IF Chair (Lake Oswego Schools)
      • Sheryl Eldridge (Newport Public Library)
      • Shun-Sho Fong (Crook County Library)
      • Krista Reynolds  (Concordia University)
      • Roberta Richards  (Portland Community College)
      • Steve Silver (Northwest Christian University)
      • Perry Stokes (Baker County Library District)
      • Greta Bergquist, ex officio (Oregon State Library)
      • Candace Morgan, ex officio (Emporia State University)
      • Ted Smith, ex officio (OLA Legislative Committee co-chair)

Contact information for the committee, including listserv and social media, is available on the Contact IFC webpage.


  • Friday, September 8, 2017, 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
  • Friday, November 17, 2017, 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
  • Friday, January 12, 2018, 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
  • Friday, March 9, 2018, 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
  • (In-person meeting at 2018 OLA annual conference, Friday, April 20, 2018, 7:15 to 8:15 AM)
  • Friday, June 8, 2018, 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Meetings are held online and via phone using GoToMeeting. Contact ifc.chair@olaweb.org if you are interested in attending one of the committee meetings.