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News February 2, 2023

CFE Welcomes Peter Bailey to its Working Group on Intellectual Freedom

Peter Bailey, CEO of the St. Albert Public Library has joined the Centre for Free Expression’s Working Group on Intellectual Freedom.

“We welcome Peter to the groups that guides the Centre for Free Expressions work in defending and promoting intellectual freedom,” said James L. Turk, Director of the Centre.  

From 2016 to 2018, Peter was a founding executive board member, vice-chair and chair of the Canadian Federation of Library Associations (CFLA/FCAB). During his tenure, CFLA adopted its Statement on Intellectual Freedom and Libraries and established its Intellectual Freedom Committee.

Peter was a founding board director and continues to serve on the board of the Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA), which provides access to materials to print-disabled individuals through public libraries across Canada.  He has also served as president of the Library Association of

The other members of the CFE Working Group on Intellectual Freedom are: Karya Borrás, Manager, Pointe-Claire Public Library; Kay Cahill, Director of Collections and IT, Vancouver Public Library; Carla Graebner, Librarian for Data Services and Government Information, Simon Fraser University Library; Todd Kyle, CEO, Brampton Public Library;  Tammy Le, President of the British Columbia Teacher Librarians Association; Pilar Martinez, CEO, Edmonton Public Library;   Lisa Radha Vohra, Director, Collections and Membership Services, Toronto Public Library; Erin Patterson, Head, Research Services, Acadia University Library;  Toni Samek, Professor and past Chair, School of Library and Information Studies University of Alberta;  Sabrina Saunders, CEO Blue Mountain Public Library and President of the Ontario Library Association; Alvin M. Schrader, Professor Emeritus, School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alberta; and Marcellus Turner, CEO and Chief Librarian, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

The Centre for Free Expression at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University) is a hub for public education, research and advocacy on free expression and the public’s right to know. Its work is undertaken in collaboration with academic and community-based organizations across Canada and internationally.