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The Horner Fellowship and Horner Fellowship Committee

Chair: Sarah Kortemeier
Vice Chair: Vacant

About the Horner Fellowship

The Horner Fellowship is endowed through the generosity of the late Dr. Layton "Jack" Horner and his wife Marian. Under the auspices of the Arizona Library Association, this unique Fellowship was created in 1989 to foster cultural understanding and to facilitate informational exchanges between Arizona and Japanese librarians. In 1999 Arizona Library Association (AzLA) and Japan Library Association (JLA) entered into an informal reciprocal exchange agreement.

Layton Horner's life-long-interest in Japan and his respect and affinity for the Japanese people began while earning his Master's degree at Yale Divinity School (1938). There he met Saburo Matsuyama of Kyoto, Japan his roommate and lifelong friend. From 1947 to 1949 Mr. Horner was assigned to the combined civilian and U.S. Shizuoka Military Government Team as chief Civil Education and Information Officer. His task was to assist in reorganizing the education system. An interesting outcome of this sojourn was an English Study reader written by Dr. Horner and Professor Inamura entitled, "Jack and Betty". Later in life Dr. Jack Horner became a Professor of Japanese History and Culture and wrote two insightful books concerning Japanese and American culture, "The Japanese and the Americans" and "On Both Sides of the Pacific".

Throughout their lives Jack and Marian Horner visited Japan over twenty times, hosted Japanese friends, colleagues and students and promoted understanding and cultural exchanges between the two countries.

The Horners lived a simple life-style and took great pleasure in helping others. Long will they be remembered as benefactors of libraries, and librarians through the magnificent gift of the Horner Fellowship Exchange Endowment.

About the Committee

The purpose of the Horner Fellowship Committee is to oversee the administration of the Horner Fellowship, in cooperation with the AzLA President and Executive Board, and the International Relations Committee of Japan Library Association to facilitate reciprocal exchanges.

NEW! Fellowship Applications

To apply, please fill out the Horner Fellowship Application and send it to Sarah Kortemeier. Applications are due March 31st, 2019. If you have questions, please contact Sarah Kortemeier.

Horner Fellowship Exchanges

This Fellowship continues the Horner’s tradition. Through the dedication and hard work of many librarians on both sides of the pacific, what began as informal exchanges evolved into a formal relationship between Arizona Library Association and Japan Library Association. In September 2008, AzLA and JLA formalized a reciprocal exchange agreement.


Tributes to Dr. Layton "Jack" Horner PDF

A Tribute to Marian Horner PDF

Signing of Official AzLA/JLA Agreement PDF


Read past and current AzL/JLA Fellowship Reports

Horner Committee Documents 

Horner Fellowship Committee Bylaws


AzLA members are welcome to join the Horner Fellowship Committee Group.

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