The criteria for
magazine's annual "
" selection are fairly intuitive. It's a title bestowed on that man who, in a given year, best exemplifies sexiness. The thinking behind
's "person of the year" is murkier, though
or an advocate of peaceful civil disobedience seems to help. But what does it take to become
's Librarian of the Year?
As dozens of people across the country already know, this month's
announces that the 2010 librarian of the year is Craig Buthod, director of the Louisville Free Public Library. Did Buthod revolutionize the Dewey Decimal System? Will school kids and scholars alike now file books according to the Buthod
Not exactly, but Buthod does seem like a worthy recipient of the honor, at least to this non-librarian. Despite the fact that the ungrateful citizenry of Louisville defeated a tax proposal that would have better supported the library system, Buthod opened a branch in a neighborhood that had never had one before—it was the first library built in the city since 1996. He also raised money privately to restore the main branch, which had been devastated by a flood. And he created the Student Power Plus Card, which gives kids access to the library as well as to fare reductions on the bus system.
Suggestions for further accomplishments: Resolving the porn-is-gross-in-public-spaces vs. censorship-is-wrong debate; reversing the decline of print publishing.