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."

Courageous action may be, but is not limited to:

  • successful strategies to restore and build library funding;
  • personal struggles against professional ethics or to combat bias and prejudice, and;
  • battles on behalf of intellectual freedom.

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