Cynthia Butor (Library Science) Receives UK Multi-Year Fellowship & Daniel R. Reedy Award


Cynthia Butor will begin classes Fall 2016 in the School of Information Science’s Library Science graduate degree program.


The School of Information Science is proud to announce that Cynthia Butor, a new Library Science master’s student this Fall, has been awarded a Multi-Year Fellowship by the University of Kentucky (UK) Graduate School. In addition to the fellowship, Butor will receive the Daniel R. Reedy Quality Achievement Fellowship Award.

Butor received her BFA in Creative Writing with minors in classical languages and classical studies from the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana in 2009. She also earned a BA in English Literature and a minor in architecture at the same institution that year. Since achieving her baccalaureate degrees, Butor has pursued a variety of research and service projects.  Her independent research delves into the role Soviet women, the frontovichki played during the Second World War. She developed a lecture on this research in tandem with UK professors. Butor received the Artist Enrichment Grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women in 2013.

Butor served in the Peace Corps from 2012 to 2013 in Zolochiv, Ukraine where she taught three-hundred students at a local school. Butor developed a travelling lending library and hosted special events to increase literacy amongst school-aged children there. Here in Kentucky, Butor has worked as a grant-writer and foundation researcher for the Christian Appalachian Project through AmeriCorps VISTA, and she has served as the Book Van Coordinator for Lexington Public Library since October 2013.

Butor says, “I am so excited and honored to be selected for the Multi-Year Fellowship and Daniel R. Reedy Quality Achievement Award.  Receiving them will ensure that I can successfully complete a Master’s of Science in Library Science and further my career.  Currently, I work at the Lexington Public Library as the Book Van Coordinator, a job that I love.  However, there are so many things I can’t do without an MSLS – attend conferences, expand programs into needed communities, problem solve advisory questions – which means that I can’t serve the people of Lexington as well as I’d like.  In the future, I would like to expand upon and create new outreach programs, working primarily with low income, at-risk, minority, and mentally disabled individuals.  Above all, I believe in public libraries and how necessary they are to creating an informed, educated, and active community and want to make a career in improving them and the lives of the communities they serve.  These awards and the University of Kentucky will help make that happen.”

UK SIS is very proud of Ms. Butor for this outstanding achievement and her dedication to serving communities in need through library services. For more information on the Multi-Year Fellowship, Daniel R. Reedy Award and other graduate awards at UK, please visit the fellowship page at the UK Graduate School Website.