The California Library Association presented Santa Clara County Library District county librarian Nancy Howe with the Zoia Horn Award at its annual Awards Gala Nov. 10 at the Hyatt Regency in Santa Clara.
The Zoia Horn Intellectual Freedom Award recognizes those who have made significant contributions to advance intellectual freedom and to preserve free speech in an open society.
In 2017, when the state government changed its grant qualifications requiring English as a Second Language participants to provide Social Security information, Howe declined the funding in support of patron privacy and protection. County officials stepped in to provide funding through 2020.
“Nancy Howe has been an extraordinary leader for the library district and the people it serves,” said Mike Wasserman, county supervisor and library Joint Powers Authority board chairman.