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Intellectual Freedom Committee

Promoting intellectual freedom.

The Texas Library Association holds that the freedom to read is a corollary of the constitutional guarantee of freedom of the press. Freedom of choice in selecting materials is a necessary safeguard to the freedom to read and shall be protected against extra-legal, irresponsible attempts by self-appointed censors to abridge it. The Association believes that citizens shall have the right of free inquiry and the equally important right of forming their own opinions and that it is of the utmost importance to the continued existence of democracy that freedom of the press in all forms of public communication be defended and preserved.

The purpose of the Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC) is to increase attention to this issue and encourage social responsibility. The committee educates members of the association on these issues and supports efforts to combat censorship in all forms.

While TLA cannot provide legal counsel or direct funding to defend challenged materials, it does, through this committee, offer the expertise of its committee member to defend established intellectual freedom principles.

To meet its charge to “respond on behalf of libraries and librarians in Texas who are challenged in protecting the access to materials,” the committee needs to know about such incidents. Any library employee, Friend or trustee who knows of a complaint or challenge is encouraged to contact the chair of the TLA IFC and report such incidents to the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom.  You may also report these incidents anonymously.

You can also contact the TLA office (512-328-1518) for the current IFC chair’s contact information. You may also email TLA Executive Director, Dana Braccia. If neither option works for you, please send a letter to: Chair, TLA/IFC, 3355 Bee Cave Rd., Suite 401, Austin, TX 78746-6763.

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