2007 Christopher J. Hoy/ERT Scholarship recipient named

Kimberly Sanders

Program Officer, Education & Scholarships

ALA, Human Resource Development & Recruitment (HRDR)

800-545-2433 x4279

For Immediate Release

August 7, 2007

2007 Christopher J. Hoy/ERT Scholarship recipient named

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce Chelsea Couillard of Wisconsin Dells, Wis., as the 2007 recipient of the Christopher J. Hoy/ERT Scholarship.

The $5,000 scholarship was established by a donation from Hoy’s family and the ALA Exhibits Round Table. The scholarship is awarded to persons pursuing a master’s degree in library and information studies. Hoy was the director of ALA Conference Services for more than 20 years.

Couillard’s interest in libraries began at an early age. Her decision to pursue a career as a rare books librarian with an emphasis on the use of special collections in education was the result of a combination of several experiences.

She helped start a teen volunteer program, which she worked with for seven years. She also founded and acted as co-chair of a Teen Advisory Board which provides monthly programs for teenagers. During college, she spent three years in Collection Development, were she worked diligently to master the skills required for repairing books.

Couillard’s long-term goal is to work in special collection in a university or public library where she can share her passion for rare books as cultural artifacts with others.

“This has become my passion, I am fascinated by these treasures and intrigued by the ways in which I see them employed as educational tools,” said Coulliard.

Couillard will be attending the University of Wisconsin – Madison.