NCLA Intellectual Freedom Committee
Past Committee-Sponsored Events
"Freedom to Read" Essay and Art Contest
Web Sites of Interest
|Who We Are:
||The Intellectual Freedom Committee of NCLA has been in operation for over thirty years. The Committee deals with issues such as censorship, media banning, privacy, confidentiality, and socio-economic factors that impact access to information and the right of the public to know.
|What We Do:
Our activities include:
* Sponsoring programs and seminars at library conferences and colleges
* Overseeing the annual "Freedom to Read" Essay & Art Contest, which is open to all students ages 7 through 18 who attend school in Nassau County
* Discussing relevant issues relating to intellectual freedom as they impact libraries, librarians and the general public.
* Holding monthly membership meetings
We encourage you to join our Committee and help expand the range of our programs and activities.
The next meeting of the Intellectual Freedom Committee of NCLA will be held on Wednesday, October 9 at the Merrick Library from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
We'll get together in the 2nd floor Conference Room.
Please join us. We'll be honing details regarding our upcoming
"Freedom to Read Get-Together" on Saturday, October 19 and
discussing plans for additional programs this coming year.
Past Commitee-Sponsored Events
Program: Celebrating "Choose Privacy Week"
Date: Thursday, May 5, 2011
Time: 1:25 -- 2:25 PM
Location: 2011 Long Island Library Conference, Crest Hollow Country Club, Hampton Gardens
May 1 - 7, 2011 marks the second annual "Choose Privacy Week" sponsored by ALA. A video produced for this occasion will be shown, follwed by a speaker who will focus on the ways libraries can promote privacy within their organizations and promote awareness of privacy concerns. Question and answer period will conclude the program.
Speaker: Samantha Fredrickson, Esq., Director, Nassau County Chapter, NY Civil Liberties Union
Sponsors: The Intellectual Freedom Committees of NCLA and SCLA
Arranger: Jeffrey Feinsilver, 2011 Chairperson, Intellectual Freedom Committee of NCLA
Program: Award Reception for the 7th Annual "Freedom To Read" Essay & Art Contest
Date: Thursday, April 28, 2011
Time: 7:30 - 8:30 PM
Location: Barnes & Noble, Country Glen Center, Carle Place (second level)
The Winners and Honorable Mention recipients received certificates of achievement and read from their essays and displayed their artwork. Barnes & Noble gift cards were also given to the Winners in each age group. Light refreshments were served at the conclusion of the program.
Program: Copyright: A Short Course For Librarians (0.2 CEU Credits)
Date: Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Time: 9:30 - 12:00 PM
Location: Nassau Library System - Andrew Geddes Meeting Room
Cost: Free to members of NCLA, SCLA and affiliated groups; $10 to others
Learn the basics of copyright law and what limits apply to libraries. How are the boundaries changing due to advancing technology?
Presenter: Joseph J. Carroll, Esq. Of counsel, Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, also Trustee of the Baldwin Public Lbrary and the Nassau Library System
Program: "Sixth Annual Essay Contest"
Date: February 8, 2010 - April 5, 2010
What is Your Favorite Book or Poem?
Program: "Fifth Annual Essay Contest"
Date: February 23, 2009 - April 6, 2009
What Does the Freedom to Read Mean to You?
Program: "Fourth Annual Essay Contest"
Date: Begins March 3, 2008
Computers are everywhere and important to the functioning of libraries today. The Contest this year gives you the opportunity to answer the following question:
How has the Computer Impacted Your Freedom to Read?
Program: Reception for Winners of Freedom to Read Essay Contest
Date: Thursday, May 1, 2008
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Country Glen Center, 91 Old Country Rd., Carle Place
The Intellectual Freedom Committee of NCLA invites you to attend our reception and hear the contest winners read their essays. Light refreshments will be available.
Program: "POETRY OVER POLITICS: VOICES OF OUR LONG ISLAND POET LAUREATES"
Date: Thursday, May 8, 2008
Time: 2:25 - 3:30 PM
Location: 2008 Long Island Library Conference, Crest Hollow Country Club, Emerald Room II
How are Poet Laureates selected in Nassau and Suffolk Counties? What political pressures and other factors play a role outside of literary merit? Following a discussion of the above issues, our current Poet Laureates will read from their poetry and suggests ways of promoting poetry and local poets within your libraries and communities.
Speakers: Dr. David Axelrod, Poet Laureate, Suffolk County
Paula Camacho, Poet, Farmingdale Poetry Group
Frank McKenna, Director, Island Trees Public Library
Maxwell Wheat, Poet Laureate, Nassau County
Sponsors: Intellectual Freedom Committee/NCLA
Intellectual Freedom Committee/SCLA
Long Island Coalition Against Censorship
Arrangers: Jeffrey Feinsilver, Chairperson, Intellectual Freedom Committee/NCLA
and Frank McKenna
Websites of Interest
ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom
Banned & Challenged Books
First Amendment Advocates
First Amendment Resources
NYLA IFRT (Intellectual Freedom Committee Roundtable)
NYLA Intellectual Freedom Committee
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