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Zoia Horn in 2008 on the occasion of her 90th birthday

Zoia Horn (1918-    )

Zoia Horn was the head of the reference department at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA, when she was contacted by the FBI, in 1971, to help provide evidence involving Phillip Berrigan, a member of the Harrisburg Seven anti-war group. She refused and so was sent to jail. She was released 20 days later when the judge declared a mistrial. From there she went to work for the Modesto Public Library, where she coordinated Spanish lessons for staff so they could better serve their Hispanic community members.

She was also elected to the American Library Association (ALA) council in 1974 and was appointed to its Intellectual Freedom Committee, where she protested changes she felt weakened the ALA Library Bill of Rights. Horn also helped establish ALA’s Coalition on Government Information and has been an outspoken opponent against the USA PATRIOT Act. Recognizing her lifelong support of people’s intellectual rights, the California Library Association has named its intellectual freedom award in Horn’s honor.

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