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2013 Election Statements of Interest
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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.

Helen 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, the 2013 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).

Doug Archer, Reference and Peace Studies Librarian, Hesburgh Libraries, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN

I 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.

John 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

I 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.

Loida Garcia-Febo, President, Information New Wave, New York, NY

I 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.

My 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

While 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 libraries.

Herbert 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:

· A professional 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.

· Experienced in budgeting and financial plan­ning for entrepreneurs, non-profits and multi­million-dollar enterprises and have been able to assist in FTRF investment evaluations.

· Uniquely qualified to evaluate creative and media appeals based on audience segmentation.

· Interested in integrating the business and marketing knowledge necessary for the new non-profit world.

· Sympathetic 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

I 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

It 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

I 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.

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