About the Paul Howard Award for Courage
A bi-annual award consisting of $1,000 and a 24k gold-framed citation of achievement honoring a librarian, library board, library group, or an individual who has exhibited unusual courage for the benefit of library programs or services.
Courage is defined by the donor, Paul Howard, as:
"the quality of mind which enables one to face adversity, difficulty,
or danger with resolution and fortitude . . . it is that characteristic
which enables librarians to seek the achievement of goals in spite of all opposing forces."
library assistant at Strozier Library at Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida
He is recognized for his actions on the night of Nov. 20, 2014 for saving the lives of library patrons during an active shooter situation. Despite being shot in the leg, and at great risk to himself, he managed to run from the front desk in the lobby, past the security barriers and inside the library proper to warn others. With the door locked, and patrons and staff taking cover, his actions inarguably helped save lives that terrible night.