Fiona Williams. Photograph: Yorkmix

York’s head of libraries has been awarded a New Year’s Honour for services to libraries. Fiona Williams, the Chief Executive of Explore York Libraries and Archives, has dedicated her award to her staff who have worked to keep libraries running throughout the pandemic. Williams created Explore York in 2014; the first UK library to be mutually owned by its staff and the community. The award has been praised by City of York Council as “fantastic news” and “richly deserved”.

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