Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC)

Intellectual Freedom
5th Edition (1996)


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 Texas Library Association subscribes in full to the principles set forth in the LIBRARY BILL OF RIGHTS of the American Library Association, Freedom to Read Statement, and interpretative statements adopted thereto.  MORE



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Purpose: To increase attention to intellectual freedom and social responsibility as an action-oriented association

Goal: To promote intellectual freedom  


  1. Publicize the role of the Intellectual Freedom Committee to TLA members and to others outside the Association.

  2. Educate members of the organization and support effort to combat censorship in all forms.

  3. Provide a link to the current ALA Intellectual Freedom Award and other pertinent materials for use by Texas librarians. Materials should be reviewed annually.

  4. Educate the public, elected officials, and leaders about issues related to intellectual freedom.

  5. Administer a cash Intellectual Freedom Award in years when funding is available.


The Texas Library Association cannot provide legal counsel or direct funding to defend challenged materials but will, through its Intellectual Freedom Committee, offer the skills, experience, and energy of its membership 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 Intellectual Freedom Committee of the Texas Library Association needs to know about such incidents. Any library employee, Friend or trustee who knows of a problem is encouraged to contact the chair of the TLA/IFC.

The Texas Library Association headquarters office in Austin (800-580-2852) can provide the telephone number of its current TLA/IFC chair. Completing a "Texas Incident Report Form" and mailing it to: Chair, TLA/IFC, 3355 Bee Cave Rd., Suite 401, Austin, TX 78746-6763 is another way to communicate with the committee chair.

The TLA/IFC chair, chosen for proven leadership and expertise on intellectual freedom issues, will advise you how to cope with the reported situation. The chair may, if appropriate, refer you to a TLA/IFC member with special experience or training by type of library (i.e., school, public, academic, special). Every effort will be made to respond to reported incidents with guidance that is timely, practical and effective. TLA/IFC will never usurp the local librarian's prerogative to resolve their own problem as the local context deems suitable or necessary.

Since May 1985, TLA/IFC has offered to acquire copies of printed reviews of "problem" material in libraries. This service primarily benefits librarians working in small or isolated areas of Texas where extensive collections of reviewing journals may not be available. Additional printed reviews may be especially useful to support selection decisions.

If necessary, TLA/IFC will report serious incidents to the Office for Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association.

Created on Apr 4, 2010 | Last updated August 18, 2017