November 18, 2003

New IF Award in California

On November 14, 2003, the CLA Executive Committee approved the Zoia Horn Intellectual Freedom Award, a new state-level award. (Zoia was contacted the next day, and expressed her great pleasure with this announcement. ) Read on for the full text of the award, plus information about the nomination process and schedule.

The Zoia Horn Intellectual Freedom Award

Sponsored by the Intellectual Freedom Committee

The California Library Association's Zoia Horn Intellectual Freedom Award honors Californian people, groups, and organizations that have made significant contributions to intellectual freedom in California. The contributions to intellectual freedom do not need to be limited in impact to California.

The Awards Subcommittee of the CLA Intellectual Freedom Committee selects nominees based on recent or important lifetime contributions to intellectual freedom. The Executive Committee of CLA is the final approving authority for the nomination.

The Zoia Horn Intellectual Freedom Award honors California librarian Zoia Horn, who in 1973 chose to serve time in jail rather than betray confidential patron information. Ms. Horn's experience sets an example of integrity over personal comfort, and has been a model discussed in library literature and shared with generations of library students everywhere. A key goal of the Zoia Horn Intellectual Freedom Award is to celebrate and honor other selfless examples of commitment to intellectual freedom that help preserve free speech in an open society.


This award may be awarded annually, but there is no requirement to make this award in years when no outstanding candidate is available. The Intellectual Freedom Committee makes its nomination by September 1, and the award is announced at the CLA annual conference.

Award Amount

This award has no monetary component. Award winners will receive a certificate and be honored at the annual conference.

Approved by CLA IFC: 11-10-2003
Approved by CLA Exec Committee: 11-14-2003

Posted by kgs at November 18, 2003 04:04 PM

Award winners will receive a certificate and be honored at the annual conference - no money?

Posted by: Cialis at March 12, 2004 08:46 AM

Congrats to Zoia - she certantly deserves it!

Posted by: Annie at April 1, 2004 09:41 AM
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