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Awards / Honors

Professor Rettig receives Libraries' Faculty Award for Excellence

April 29, 2010

CSU Libraries Assistant Professor Patricia J. Rettig has been selected as the recipient of the 2010 Colorado State University Libraries Faculty Award for Excellence. This award recognizes a member of the Libraries faculty for outstanding contributions to the Libraries, to the University, and/or to the library profession.

Assistant Professor Patricia J. Rettig, is head archivist for the CSU Libraries Water Resources Archive.

Reception May 3

All are invited to the award reception, which will be held 3-5 p.m. Monday, May 3, 2010, in the Morgan Library courtyard.

Professor Rettig, who has served as head archivist for the Water Resources Archive since 2005, has been recognized not only for her practice of librarianship, but also for her many scholarly and creative contributions to the profession.

Professor Rettig joined the University Libraries as a Project Cataloger in 2000 and became an Archivist in 2001. During her years of service with University Libraries Archives and Special Collections, she has built the Water Resources Archive from a small assortment of boxes to a premier collection of archival records documenting all aspects of water in the Rocky Mountain West.

Following her initial efforts to arrange and describe the existing archival collections, Professor Rettig created a display to showcase the Water Resources Archive and took it on the road to water conferences, ditch company meetings, and other gatherings, introducing Colorado’s water community to the Archive’s holdings.

New collections

Through careful cultivation of relationships with civil engineers, historians, water lawyers, and other key individuals in the water community, Professor Rettig has facilitated the donation of dozens of new collections to the Archive, most notably the highly significant Papers of Delph E. Carpenter and Family. She has worked tirelessly to make these unique materials available to a worldwide research community through online finding aids and digitized materials

In addition to her articles for peer-reviewed journals, Professor Rettig has contributed to the Colorado Water newsletter on an ongoing basis, skillfully educating members of the water community about the holdings and activities of the Water Resources Archive.

Preservation superstar

Finally, her thorough planning, visually pleasing and informative exhibit design, and successful execution of the annual Water Tables fundraising event have resulted in higher visibility for the Water Resources Archive, donation of new archival collections, and funding to assist in the preservation of these collections.

Professor Rettig deserves recognition for excellence in building and making accessible unique holdings of the CSU Libraries to water researchers throughout the world.

Contact: Jane Barber
Phone: (970) 491-5712