FTRF works in partnership with a number of organizations on our various cases and other initiatives.
ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom: Established December 1, 1967, the Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) is charged with implementing ALA policies concerning the concept of intellectual freedom as embodied in the Library Bill of Rights, the Association’s basic policy on free access to libraries and library materials. The goal of the office is to educate librarians and the general public about the nature and importance of intellectual freedom in libraries.
FTRF is a separate corporation from the American Library Association, working in close liaison with the ALA. The secretariat is located in the Office for Intellectual Freedom at ALA Headquarters.The LeRoy C. Merritt Humanitarian Fund
: The Merritt Fund was established in 1970 as a special trust in memory of Dr. LeRoy C. Merritt. It is devoted to the support, maintenance, medical care, and welfare of librarians who, in the Trustees’ opinion, are:
- Denied employment rights or discriminated against on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, race, color, creed, religion, age, disability, or place of national origin; or
- Denied employment rights because of defense of intellectual freedom; that is, threatened with loss of employment or discharged because of their stand for the cause of intellectual freedom, including promotion of freedom of the press, freedom of speech, the freedom of librarians to select items for their collections from all the world’s written and recorded information, and defense of privacy rights.
The Merritt Fund is a separate organization that is also headquartered in the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom.
The Media Coalition: The Media Coalition is an association that defends the First Amendment right to produce and sell books, magazines, recordings, videotapes and video games; and defends the American public's First Amendment right to have access to the broadest possible range of opinion and entertainment. FTRF is a member of The Media Coalition, and participates in much of the litigation discussed on its site. Founded in 1973, the Media Coalition represents most of the booksellers, publishers, librarians, periodical distributors, recording and video game manufacturers, and recording and video retailers in the United States.
Free Expression Network: The Free Expression Network (FEN) is an alliance of organizations dedicated to protecting the First Amendment right of free expression and the values it represents, and to opposing governmental efforts to suppress constitutionally-protected speech. FEN members provide a wide range of expertise, resources and services to policy-makers, the media, scholars, and the public at large. Members meet on a quarterly basis to share information and strategies. We also create public programs and events on current free expression issues. FEN is coordinated by the National Coalition Against Censorship.