FREEDOM TO READ FOUNDATION
Statements of Qualification and Concern from Nominees
for the Board of Trustees, 2013–2015
Candidates for the Board of Trustees are
required to submit a statement of no more than 150 words, indicating the
candidate’s concern for intellectual freedom and his or her qualifications for
office. The following statements are in alphabetical order.
Adams, Online Instructor, Mansfield University, School Library and Information
Technologies Department, Mansfield, PA
As a retired school librarian who experienced
censorship attempts, one of my concerns is minors’ First Amendment right to
receive information online. In many schools, misinterpretation of CIPA has
resulted in restrictive filtering that threatens students’ access to
constitutionally protected speech, amounting to online censorship. Despite
recent legal victories in school-related filtering lawsuits,
ACLU of Rhode Island filtering report demonstrates schools continue to infringe
on students’ rights online. FTRF must continue its legal and educational
advocacy in this area.
My dedication to intellectual freedom is demonstrated
by service: Trustee of the Freedom to Read Foundation (2011–2013); ALA Privacy
Subcommittee (2012–2014); ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee (2006–2010);
chaired AASL’s IFC (2007–2009, 2010–2012); guest editor for AASL’s Knowledge Quest themed issue:
Intellectual Freedom Online (2010); and School
Library Monthly columnist (2006–) writing "Intellectual Freedom Matters @
your library”; author of Protecting
Intellectual Freedom & Privacy in Your School Library (2013).
Archer, Reference and Peace Studies Librarian, Hesburgh Libraries, University
of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
have been a vigorous defender of First Amendment liberties all my adult life,
first as a Baptist pastor defending freedom of and from religion and then as a
librarian committed to the defense of intellectual freedom. My experience
includes chairing ALA’s Intellectual Freedom Committee and Intellectual Freedom
Round Table, chairing the Indiana Library Federation Intellectual Freedom
Committee, and serving as a member (ex officio) of the Board of the Freedom to
Read Foundation. I am currently chair of ALA’s IFC Privacy Subcommittee,
co-chair of the Peace and Justice Studies Association, and Moderator of the
Church of the Brethren’s Northern Indiana District. In addition, I have
written or spoken in defense of freedom of expression and belief on hundreds of
occasions. It would be an honor and a privilege to continue fighting the
good fight as an elected member of the FTRF Board.
Chrastka, Executive Director, EveryLibrary, Chicago, IL
I was an FTRF member
before I became a library trustee orjoined ALA. FTRF’s work defending
the First Amendment in libraries and ensuring access to books, games, media,
and the web is central to our democracy. Its work supports my library, my
children’s schooling, and our civil society. The next few years will see
dramatic challenges to privacy and access.
We have significant work to do across new formats and in emerging
fields, but in many ways it will be the same old challenges that need to be
fought. Again. I want to contribute to FTRF’s thoughtful engagement with the
issues and encourage us to public action—as libraries—in defense of our
liberties. It would be an honor to serve and extend FTRF’s legacy in the courts
and in the commons.
Robert P. Doyle, Executive Director, Illinois Library
Association, Chicago, IL
I am honored to stand for reelection to the Freedom to Read
Foundation Board. My relevant experience and qualifications include longtime
leadership, interest, and activism in intellectual freedom issues, such as
mobilizing successful opposition to Illinois legislation on mandatory filters (defeated seventeen times in the Illinois General
Assembly) and working to defeat numerous
challenges to privacy. Serving on the ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom
staff early in my career helped shape and inform my belief that First Amendment
freedoms are at the heart of our profession, a principle I continue to
champion. As the editor of Banned Books since 1982, I remain current on
issues across the country. I continue to author and contribute to publications
and frequently speak and assist in organizing programs and events. New challenges
face the profession and the public, and an effective Freedom to Read Foundation
is an important strategy in preserving our First Amendment rights.
Christopher Finan, President, American Booksellers
Foundation for Free Expression, New York, NY
have been working closely with librarians for over 30 years. I began working with Judith F. Krug and the
Freedom to Read Foundation in 1982 when I became coordinator of the Media
Coalition. I have been president of the
American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE) since 1998. ABFFE is a sponsor of Banned Books Week, and
I am currently chair of the committee that was created two years ago by ALA and
the other sponsors of BBW to coordinate planning for the event. I have served three terms on the FTRF Board,
and I had the honor of receiving its Roll of Honor Award in 2011. I am a strong believer in the importance of
working collaboratively with all groups that have an interest in defending free
speech. I hope it will be possible for
me to return to the FTRF Board for another term.
Garcia-Febo, President, Information New Wave, New York, NY
am currently serving the Freedom to Read Foundation as a liaison from REFORMA, the
National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and
the Spanish Speaking. I have served two terms as a liaison and seek election to
the FTRF Board to expand my work with colleagues towards ensuring the legal
defense of First Amendment rights and that these protect everyone in our
society. I am proud of FTRF’s achievements protecting our freedom to
read. I bring my commitment, intellect and leadership to continue strengthening
FTRF, expanding membership and addressing the intersection of legal matters,
access to information and intellectual freedom for all.
dedication to Intellectual Freedom is demonstrated by service: Chair, IFRT
(2010–2011); Chair, IFRT Merritt Fund Committee (2012–2013); REFORMA Liaison to
FTRF (2010–Present); Director at Large, IFRT (2008–2010); Member, ALA IFC (2008–2010);
Member, Secretary, IFLA FAIFE (2007–2012); Expert Resource Person, FAIFE (2012–Present).
Martin Garnar, Reference
Services Librarian and Professor of Library Science, Regis University, Denver, CO
still in library school, I joined the state intellectual freedom committee and
I’ve never looked back. I’ve devoted the bulk of my professional
activities to promoting and protecting the core principles of the library
profession. I’ve served as a member and chair of the ALA Intellectual
Freedom Committee and have been appointed for my 3rd consecutive
year as chair of the ALA Committee on Professional Ethics. Both of these
opportunities have given me a solid grounding in the legal and ethical issues
surrounding intellectual freedom. In addition to my main work as
head of reference and instruction at Regis University in Denver, I also teach
professional ethics at the University of Denver’s LIS program because I believe
in giving back to the profession. As a member of the FTRF Board, I will
provide guidance and leadership to ensure that FTRF continues to be a stalwart
supporter of intellectual freedom.
Pamela R. Klipsch, Director, Jefferson County
Library, High Ridge, MO
Throughout my career, I’ve
been involved on the local, state and national level, speaking and writing
about IF issues, and how to respond in a positive and proactive manner. I’ve
been a member of FTRF for thirty years, and regularly attend meetings of the
FTRF Board, on which I was honored to serve before. I’m committed to open and
equitable access, respect for diversity, and privacy for all library
users. In Missouri, we have witnessed
escalating challenges to these principles in public and school libraries in recent
years, and I’ve helped craft appropriate responses. I know from experience that
we cannot wait until a challenge occurs to promote understanding and build community
alliances. I will work to uphold the credibility of FTRF as the legal and
advocacy voice for the free speech and privacy rights of every person, and to
ensure that intellectual freedom continues to be the defining characteristic of
Krug, President, CrossRoads Marketing Solutions, Evanston, IL
As current Treasurer of the FTRF Board, I have helped integrate activity
unique to my financial and marketing experience. These steps have resulted in Foundation
growth and innovation without disturbing its character. I continue to believe in proactive
development and I am:
direct marketing and Internet consultant, allowing me the privilege of
assisting FTRF in the achievement of outstanding membership renewal rates for
most of its existence.
in budgeting and financial planning for entrepreneurs, non-profits and multimillion-dollar
enterprises and have been able to assist in FTRF investment evaluations.
qualified to evaluate creative and media appeals based on audience segmentation.
in integrating the business and marketing knowledge necessary for the new
to both the history and future of the Foundation’s mission and passionate about
the need and ability to support its operations and guard its reputation.
Jim Neal, Vice
President for Information Services and University
Librarian, Columbia University, New York, NY
have been an active member of the Foundation for the past decade, and have
remained a vocal and energetic advocate for intellectual freedom in libraries
and universities. I launched and coordinated the organizational membership program
which brought new revenues to the work of the Foundation. I encouraged
Board focus on emerging issues and that is now a routine part of the deliberations.
I served the Foundation as Treasurer to assure our financial strength. I
had the privilege to provide the closing remarks at the FTRF 40th anniversary
gala in Chicago, and to celebrate the remarkable leadership of Judith
Krug. Censorship and violations of privacy must be fought with vigor, and
the FTRF must continue to provide strong inspiration, direction, education, and
strategic legal action. "Freedom to” and "freedom from” have never been more at
risk. I could make no more important professional and civic contribution
than service to the work of the FTRF.
Kent Oliver, Library Director, Nashville
Public Library, Nashville, TN
is an honor to be re-nominated to the Freedom to Read Foundation Board. I continue to view the Foundation as an
essential organization in preserving the rights guaranteed to us in the First
Amendment. As a practicing library
director I realize that FTRF remains indispensable in addressing First
Amendment concerns relating to librarians, booksellers, publishers and attorneys.
Ethical and legal concerns have practical implications in our professions. I will actively monitor progress by the
Foundation in completing its strategic planning goals. As a previous ALA Executive Board member,
past Chair of ALA’s Intellectual Freedom Committee and past FTRF President I
have experience working through the Foundation’s business. This knowledge is invaluable
in assessing the essence of our challenges in the days ahead and collaborating
with the other Board members and organizations.
The Board’s work is critical and will only be more so in the future.
Eva Poole, Chief of Staff, District of Columbia Public
Library, Washington, DC
am honored to be nominated to serve on the FTRF Board. As a career librarian, I
served as President of the Texas Library Association,chair of ALA’s COL,
ALA Councilor-at-Large and am the current PLA President. I understand the
issues confronting FTRF are also the front line issues facing public libraries
today. As a library user and advocate, I
have spent a lifetime fighting for open access to information. My advocacy for
open access began as a child of the South during the 1960s, when visiting my
public library was seen as an act of defiance of the racial codes of the time.
As a public library director, providing unfettered Internet access, despite
threats from indignant county officials, reinforced my belief that censorship
is a threat to our First Amendment rights.
It is for these reasons that I seek to serve on the FTRF Board.