Intellectual Freedom Committee

Intellectual freedom is a fundamental value for libraries. As the voice of the Canadian library community, CLFA-FCAB affirms that libraries have a responsibility to support, defend, and promote intellectual freedom. On February 1, 2017, the members of CFLA-FCAB endorsed the Statement on Intellectual Freedom and Libraries. It reads in part:

Libraries have a core responsibility to safeguard and facilitate access to constitutionally protected expressions of knowledge, imagination, ideas, and opinion, including those which some individuals and groups consider unconventional, unpopular or unacceptable…

Libraries provide, defend and promote equitable access to the widest possible variety of expressive content and resist calls for censorship and the adoption of systems that deny or restrict access to resources.

As part of our commitment to intellectual freedom, CFLA-FCAB supports the Intellectual Freedom Challenges Survey (formerly known as the Annual Challenges Survey) of Canadian libraries. The survey creates a national snapshot of the nature and outcome of challenges to intellectual freedom in publicly-funded Canadian libraries. By documenting and reporting these incidents, Canadian libraries demonstrate their commitment to public accountability and institutional transparency.

You can complete the survey and view the past survey results below.

Enter reports 

View past results

2022 Report 

 

Intellectual Freedom Defence Funding
 
The Ontario Library Association (OLA) received the Intellectual Freedom fund upon dissolution of the Canadian Library
Association (CLA). This fund provides up to $5,000 in financial assistance to public libraries serving populations under 29,999, or libraries that would encounter undue financial hardship when defending intellectual freedom.
 
About

Mandate

Intellectual Freedom Committee Terms of Reference

 

Members

  • Wendy Wright, Committee Chair, Smithers Public Library
  • Richard Ellis, Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Martin Bonnard, ABPQ
  • Kelly Lauzon, Airdrie Public Library
  • Dina Stevens, Federation of Ontario Public Libraries
  • Robert Thomas, University of Regina
  • Michael Dudley, University of Winnipeg
  • Michael Nyby, W Ross Macdonald School for the Blind
  • Sharon Day, Edmonton Public Library
  • Marc Saunders, Port Moody Public Library

Ex-officio

  • Jessica Knoch (Liaison to CFLA-FCAB)
  • Michael Rogowski (CFLA-FCAB Staff Member)