For immediate release | February 13, 2012

First Step Award to Beth Kumar

CHICAGO—The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) is announcing that Beth Kumar, e-resources and serials librarian at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, is the recipient of the 2012 First Step Award-A Wiley Professional Development Grant presented by the ALCTS Continuing Resources Section. The award will be presented on Sunday, June 24, at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony during the 2012 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif.

Kumar was reference, research and government information sources assistant at the University of Illinois Library from August 2009-mid 2010 and began her current position in August 2010, providing daily management and troubleshooting of subscription databases and individual journals, both print and electronic. She was involved in the Education and Behavior Sciences Section of ACRL in the past. And now, as the sole librarian managing continuing resources in her library, Kumar expressed a strong desire to network with, and learn from, other librarians at ALA conference and become involved similarly in the ALCTS Continuing Resources Section.

Kumar graduated from University of Wisconsin, La Cross, with a bachelor’s in History. She earned her master’s in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois in 2006. In addition, she obtained a Certificate of Advanced Study in Library and Information Science at University of Illinois, 2006-2007, and earned a Master of Education in Educational Organization and Leadership in Higher Education, with a certificate in the Foundations of Teaching, University of Illinois, 2009-2010.

John Wiley & Sons sponsors this $1,500 grant, which offers librarians new to the serials field an opportunity to broaden their perspective by attending an ALA Annual Conference and by encouraging professional growth through participation in ALCTS Continuing Resources Section activities.

The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) is the national association for information providers who work in collections and technical services, such as acquisitions, cataloging, collection development, preservation and continuing resources in digital and print formats.

ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association.