Editor's note: We’ve been reviewing the Oregon Intellectual Freedom Clearinghouse’s excellent, annual reports of challenged books for years without pausing to think about the governmental agency and individuals responsible for putting them together. This year we’re correcting that oversight with the help of state librarian Buzzy Nielsen, who kindly took the time to answer our questions about what the OIFC is, what is does, and why its work is vital to maintaining everyone’s right to intellectual freedom.
What is the main role of the Oregon Intellectual Freedom Clearinghouse (OIFC)?
collects information about intellectual freedom issues in Oregon’s public, school, and academic libraries. The goal of the Clearinghouse is to document attempts to limit someone’s free exploration or expression of ideas...