Craig Buthod, Director, Louisville Free Public Library (#601)
Craig Buthod, the director of the Louisville Free Public Library since 1998, was named Librarian of the Year 2010 by Library Journal. He talks about the challenges he's faced on the job, including the August 2009 flood that caused more than $7 million in damage to the main branch.
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Buthod, who came to Louisville Free Public Library from the Seattle Public Library, began his career in his home city of Tulsa, Okla. Besides being honored as Librarian of the Year, he was also the recipient of the 2010 Pyramid Award from the Center for Non-Profit Excellence as Louisville's top non-profit leader.
The main branch of the Louisville library was flooded in 2009 but reopened in 23 days. Before the flood, Buthod faced fiscal challenges when voters rejected a library tax in 2007. However, he remained committed to the library’s capital expansion plan, and a new library branch in Newburg opened in the summer of 2010.
He has also been honored for setting up the Student Power Plus Card program, which gives Louisville students access to library services, as well as access and discounts to bus service, after-school activities, and GED and SAT test preparation activities.