The Butler Award for Library Service was created by Ken and Elsie Butler in 1999. Ken was active in building library collections as the Assistant Library Director and was an advocate for library funding. He embraced new technology and helped shape the Library as the extension center evolved into a University campus in downtown. Ken was very proud of his faculty status as a full professor at Portland State Library and the award was created to recognize the excellence in library faculty service at PSU. His wife, Elsie “Rusty” Butler was a librarian in the Multnomah County library system and lived a life of dedicated service to her county and patrons. Both Ken and Rusty exemplified the excellence in librarianship we strive for everyday at the Portland State University Library as we support this great urban university.
The Butler Award was created through a Charitable Gift Annuity and continues through the Butler Endowment at the Portland State Foundation. The award is celebrated annually at commencement and winners are only considered if nominated by a member of the PSU community. There is a selection committee comprised of the Chair of the Faculty Senate Library Committee, a student ambassador, a local alumna and the Butler’s daughters, Gillian, Margaret and Catherine. Click to learn more about the Butler Award Winners.
Ken and Elsie’s daughters continue to support the legacy left by their parents through donations to the Butler Endowed Fund. We are grateful for their support and for the legacy left by their parents here at the PSU Library. Click to learn more about Ken and Elsie Butler.