CLA’s Zoia Horn Intellectual Freedom Award honors Californian people, groups, and organizations that have made significant contributions to intellectual freedom. Awardees are selected based on recent or important lifetime contributions to intellectual freedom.The Zoia Horn Intellectual Freedom Award honors the memory of California librarian Zoia Horn (1918-2014), who in 1972 chose to serve time in jail rather than betray confidential 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.
A maximum of one award is given each year. The Zoia Horn Intellectual Freedom Award recipient is honored at the annual CLA conference. The award is coordinated by CLA’s Intellectual Freedom Committee.
Award nomination period closes Monday, March 27, 2017 at 5:00pm PDT.