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News January 19, 2023

Tammy Le Joins the CFE Working Group on Intellectual Freedom

Tammy Le, president of the British Columbia Teacher Librarians’ Association, is joining the Centre for Free Expression’s Working Group on Intellectual Freedom.

Tammy is a Teacher-Librarian at École Salish Secondary in Surrey, B.C., and is past president of the Surrey Chapter of the BCTLA

“Tammy brings the voice and experience of teacher-librarians to the CFE’s Working Group on Intellectual Freedom,” said James L. Turk, Director of the Centre. “That voice and experience is more important than ever, given the growing attempts to censor important books and other curriculum-related resources in school libraries and learning commons across Canada.”

Tammy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry, with a minor in French literature, from the University of British Columbia; a Bachelor of Education and a Diploma in Library Sciences also from UBC.

Turk also expressed his appreciation to Richard Beaudry, a teacher-librarian, who recently stepped down from the CFE’s Working Group and from his position as chair of the Canadian Federation of Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Committee.

The other members of the CFE Working Group on Intellectual Freedom are: 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;  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, 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.