At the Freedom to Read Foundation’s Midwinter Meeting in January, the Board of Trustees approved a strategic plan to help us map out our strategies for the coming years. We have reprinted the bulk of the plan on pages 4–5 of this issue of Freedom to Read Foundation News.
The entire plan, including background and details of our "SWOT” analysis, can be found at www.ftrf.org.
The strategic plan addresses five critical action areas: awareness, litigation, education, engagement, and capacity building. Specific objectives include strategies to increase FTRF’s membership both within and beyond the library world; to develop a more proactive legal strategy that will see FTRF taking the lead as the plaintiff in critical lawsuits intended to protect and preserve First Amendment rights; to expand FTRF’s educational mission; and to identify and mentor the next generation of intellectual freedom leaders. We have already begun the process of implementing the plan, with work underway toward a new and improved website, better membership materials, and educational programs for attorneys, librarians, and library students.
My thanks to ALA Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels (who serves on the FTRF Board in an ex-officio capacity), Executive Director Barbara Jones, and the rest of the Board from the past two years for their hard work in producing what I feel is a vital road map for this truly irreplaceable organization.