MLA Statement In Support of Intellectual Freedom

Missouri Library Association supports the Kansas City Public Library in its efforts to protect intellectual freedom.

Kansas City Public Library’s Director of Public Programming and Marketing, Steve Woolfolk, was arrested on May 9, 2016, while trying to protect the free speech of a public program attendee. During the time since the incident, unsuccessful efforts have been made to drop the charges.
The Missouri Library Association advocates the philosophy and principles of intellectual freedom and the First Amendment. Libraries are spaces where patrons are invited to be involved and to collaborate on diverse topics. Freedom of speech is an important component of intellectual freedom.

The Missouri Library Association endorses the American Library Association President Julie Todaro’s official statement that “commends the Kansas City Public Library for its commitment to fostering public deliberation and the exchange of a wide spectrum of ideas by offering meeting rooms and other spaces for lectures, educational programs, and organizational meetings.

The Missouri Library Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization operating to promote library service, the profession of librarianship, and cooperation among all types of libraries and organizations concerned with library service in the State of Missouri.

–Jodie Borgerding, President, Missouri Library Association