Don't Gamble with a Core Value: New Intellectual Freedom Issues and the Role of Florida Librarians

During this 90 minute session, members of the IFC committee will provide an overview of the the ALA Bill of Rights, discuss professional ethics and values related to intellectual freedom, share best practices regarding confidentiality and handling law enforcement inquiries as well as present information about current challenges and other efforts to restrict access in schools and libraries.Attendees will learn about the activities of the IFC Committee and what librarians can do to protect the rights of patrons.



Leadership and Professional Development


Bryan Cooper, Associate Librarian and Associate Dean, FIU, Florida International University

Dr. Cooper holds an M.A. from the University of Miami, an MLIS from the University of South Florida, and a Ph.D. in Interdepartmental (American) Studies from the University of Miami. Before coming to FIU, he was Professor and Director of the University Library at St. Thomas University. His experience includes technology-related grant project development and administration, and he currently serves on the Intellectual Freedom Committee of the Florida Library Association, and on the Association of College & Research Libraries/University Libraries Section Membership Committee. Previously, he has taught American History and Culture to legalized immigrants, and Honors U.S. History.

 Karen Mahnk, Lake Park Public Library

Karen Mahnk has lived in Florida for over forty years. She earned a Master’s degree in Library Science from Florida State University. Her career includes serving as Law Librarian for several prominent Miami law firms; she also served as a researcher for the Dade County Public Defender’s office before relocating to Palm Beach County. She served the Town of Lake Park’s library beginning in 2003 and has been the Library Director since 2010.


Michael T. Sullivan, Pablo Creek Region, Jacksonville Public Library, Region Manager

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