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NCLA Intellectual Freedom Committee

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"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.

Upcoming Events

Intellectual Freedom Commitee
Nassau County Library Association

Tenth Annual

January 13 - April 1, 2014

People use libraries for many reasons.  Among them has always included the accessibility to books. Given how much books are treasured, ensuring this accessibility in libraries is of great importance.

The Contest this year gives you the opportunity to answer the following question:

What Super-Hero from a Story or Movie
Would You Like to Be?

Click here for the full details/registration form (PDF)


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.

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
Privacy Revolution


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