The Campbell Award is named after Marie and Martha Campbell, sisters who joined the Libraries staff in 1945 and have remained active volunteers since their retirement. The award is presented annually to a library staff member for outstanding contributions to the libraries and includes a $1000 prize.
Martha Campbell started in the Libraries as a part-time assistant in Government Publications. She remained in that department until her retirement in 1989, moving through the ranks up to Library Technician in 1975. Marie Campbell worked in the Education Library for 30 years. When that branch was incorporated into the main library in 1979, she moved to the Periodicals Room as a Library Technician until her retirement in 1990.
This year, the award was presented to Serials Cataloging Manager Laura Wright who has excelled throughout her long service to the Libraries. For more than 15 years she has served in various positions within the Libraries, always performing her job with to the utmost of her capabilities. She’s been an integral part of a number of projects here in the libraries, the most recent of which was the implementation of the Summon discovery tool. As with all of these projects, she always keeps in mind the basic philosophy of library services: that we are here to serve our users.
Not only is Laura a superstar within the University Libraries community, but she has collaborated with other CU System Libraries who have recognized her for her willingness share her extensive knowledge, particularly with providing access to electronic resources throughout the system. In addition to her Libraries duties, she has co-edited a number of books, published a full length book of poetry and has served as a firefighter.