Romantic Novelists' Association

Liz Gardner

Burton Library

The RNA Industry Awards

Library or Librarian of the Year 2020

The winner is Liz Gardner, Burton Library, Staffordshire Libraries, for being a proactive supporter of the RNA and the Romance genre, creating promotional material to support author events and sharing them with all libraries.
Burton-upon-Trent is a large market town in east Staffordshire with a culturally diverse mixed urban and rural community, pocketed by areas of socio-economic deprivation. Burton Library is the largest of the 43 static libraries in the county (27 of which are managed by community organisations) and 2 mobiles which make up Staffordshire Libraries. As well as providing a wide range of library and information services, the team works closely with local and regional partners to offer activities, learning and cultural events to meet community need. Burton Library houses the county Reading Group Service, sending book sets out monthly to over 200 groups across the county. In 2019 they won a CILIP Marketing Excellence Award for their community volunteer-led initiative, Burton Bedtime Stories. As part of Staffordshire Libraries’ countywide offer, library users can also access a vibrant e-library of books, audio books, graphic novels and magazines, e-resources for learning and leisure and a programme of virtual events through their social media pages.