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university librarian , association executive

James R. Rettig, American university librarian, library association executive.


Rettig, James R. was born on November 11, 1950 in Chicago, Illinois, United States.


Bachelor cum laude, Marquette University, 1972. Master of Arts, Marquette University, 1974. Master of Library Science, University Wisconsin, Madison, 1975.


Assistant reference library Murray State University Library., Kentucky, 1976—1977, head reference library, 1977—1978. Reference library Roesch Library., University Dayton, Ohio, 1978—1983. Head reference library University Illinois, Chicago, 1983—1987.

Assistant dean university libraries for reference & information services Earl Gregg Swem Library., College William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, 1988—1998. University library Boatwright Memorial Library., University Richmond, since 1998. Member reference services advisory committee Online Computer Library.

Center (Online Computer Library Center), 1992—1995.


  • Other Work

    • Author: (columns) Current Reference Books, for Wilson Library. Bulletin, Rettig on Reference. Editor: (book) Distinguished Classics of Reference Publishing, 1992.


Member of American Library Association (chair public committee 1997-1999, chair organization committee 2000-2003, executive board 2003-2006, president elect 2007-2008, president since 2008, G.K. Hall award for Library. Literature 1993), Association College Research Libraries (chair news editorial board 1986-1988), Reference & User Services Association (past president, Mudge Citation 1988, Louis Shores-Oryx Press award 1995).


Married Monica Rettig. Children: Chris, Tony, Katie.

Monica Rettig

Chris Rettig

Tony Rettig

Katie Rettig