RWA Cathie Linz Librarian of the Year

The RWA Cathie Linz Librarian of the Year is awarded to a librarian who demonstrates outstanding support of romance authors and the romance genre.

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2016 RWA Cathie Linz Librarian of the Year

Robin Bradford, Timberland Regional Library (WA)

 Robin Bradford

Robin Bradford started her career in book tyranny at the age of two, when she coerced her mom, dad, and sister into repeated readings of the relationship drama The House that Jack Built. Fast-forward a number of years later, and she is still addicted to books and dedicated to helping others discover the love of reading. Along the way, Bradford has hit almost all of the reading related degrees (BA & MA in English, MS in Library Science, and a JD) but has found a permanent home in building reader-focused, popular collections in public libraries. She has worked with romance authors to help get their titles into these collections, worked with librarians to push for equal treatment of romance, and worked with readers so that they can find their favorite authors on their library’s shelves.


Past Recipients of the RWA Cathie Linz Librarian of the Year Award

  • 2015: Lisa Schimmer, NoveList
  • 2014: Sean Gilmartin, The Anythink Library, Thornton, Colorado
  • 2013: Sarah Whitten, Bangor Public Library, Bangor, Maine
  • 2012: Mary Moore, Huntsville-Madison County Public Library, Huntsville, Alabama
  • 2011: Wendy Crutcher, OC Public Libraries, California
  • 2010: Jennifer Lohmann, Durham County Library, Durham, North Carolina
  • 2009: Deborah Schneider, King County Library System, King County, Washington
  • 2008: Susan Gibberman, Schaumburg Township District Library, Schaumburg, Illinois
  • 2007: Valerie Luna, Spotswood Public Library, Spotswood, New Jersey
  • 2006: Michele Drovdahl, Sammamish Library
  • 2005: Joanne Hamilton-Selway, Scottsdale Public Library, Scottsdale, Arizona
  • 2004: Lynne Welch, Herrick Memorial Library, Wellington, Ohio
  • 2003: Ann Smith, Gahanna, Ohio Public Library
  • 2002: John Charles, Scottsdale, Arizona, Library System
  • 2001: Shelley Mosley, Velma Teague Branch Library, Glendale, Arizona
  • 2000: Joyce Saricks, Downers Grove Public Library, Downers Grover, Illinois
  • 1999: Dr. Alison Scott, Popular Culture Library, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio
  • 1998: Beverly Earls, Memphis Shelby County Public Library, Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1997: Jeffrey Gegner, Hennepin County Library, Minnetonka, Minnesota
  • 1996: Kristin Ramsdell, California State University, Hayward
  • 1995: Mary K. Chelton, Milltown, New Jersey

Historical note: This award was established in 1995 to honor librarians who go above and beyond in their support of the romance genre, its authors, and readers. In 2015, the award was renamed the RWA Cathie Linz Librarian of the Year.