Intellectual Freedom Committee

"Intellectual Freedom accords to all library users the right to seek and receive information on all subjects from all points of view without restriction and without having the subject of one's interest examined or scrutinized by others."

- ALA Intellectual Freedom Manual, 8th edition 


Resources For SCASL Members Only:

State of the State Censorship Data



The 2023 Intellectual Freedom Award recipient is:

Jamie Gregory

Christ Church Episcopal School - Greenville, SC

Jamie Gregory

Purpose: The Intellectual Freedom Committee shall promote a greater awareness among SCASL members of intellectual freedom and issues related to the free access to library materials.

Chairperson: The chairperson is appointed by the SCASL President.

Composition: The committee is made up of a committee chair and members selected by the committee chair.

2022-23 Committee Members:

Jill Tyner (Chair) - [email protected]

Dwane Valera
Anna Ballinger
Katie Jones


  • Promotes greater awareness among SCASL members of intellectual freedom and censorship of library media centers.
  • Recommends to the association and the Executive Board such steps as may be necessary to safeguard the rights of library users, libraries, and librarians.
  • When assistance is formally requested, serves as support and source of information for media specialists and/or districts dealing with intellectual freedom issues.
  • Works with other state organizations to promote intellectual freedom.
  • Works cooperatively with the South Carolina Library Association in awarding the SCASL/SCLA Intellectual Freedom Award.  Awards a recipient through SCASL every other year in rotation with the South Carolina Library Association (SCLA).

If you are facing a book or materials challenge, please fill out the challenge form linked below and email [email protected] for access to our SCASL Challenge Toolkit (SCASL members can find the link to the toolkit on the homepage right-side navigation bar.)

SC School Challenge Reporting Form


Intellectual Freedom Award:

This award recognizes those who advocate for the First Amendment Rights of students, teachers, and citizens of South Carolina. The South Carolina Association of School Librarians supports and upholds the U.S. Constitution, the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights, and the freedom to read. The Intellectual Freedom Award is our celebration of this advocacy. 


Intellectual Freedom Award Recipients
1983 Pat Scales 1985 Melinda Hare 1987 Eva Roussos
1989 Judy Fitzgerald 1999 John Monk 2001 Ida Thompson and Betty Garrison
2003 Pat Scales 2005 J. Rhett Jackson 2007 Michael Giller
2011 Emily Woody 2013 Anne C. Lemieux 2015 Marcia S. Beja
2017 Faun “Tookie” Harrop  2019 Dr. Sherry Eppelsheimer  2021 Heidi Benton








IF Award Nomination “Application”

Do you know a school librarian, teacher, administrator, community member, or another individual that has been instrumental in raising awareness of students First Amendment rights?  Do you know someone who has boldly opposed censorship in their school library media center, public library, or community?  Do you know an individual who promotes intellectual freedom in their learning community?

If so, recognize this individual by nominating her/him for the SC Intellectual Freedom Award.

To nominate an individual, please include the following information:

  • Your name, title, school, email and phone number.
  • Nominee’s name, title, school, email and phone number.
  • Why does this nominee qualify for the award?  (be sure to include details of related programs, services and advocacy) 

The winner of this award receives the general adulation of her/his peers as well as a cash prize!

The next SCASL awarding of the IF Award will be given in March 2023.

Nominations for the 2021 Intellectual Freedom Award must be submitted by December 1, 2022.  

Send nominations to the Intellectual Freedom Committee Chair:  Jill Tyner, [email protected]


 Intellectual Freedom Resources: