First Step Award to Erin Leach

Contact: Charles Wilt

Executive Director, ALCTS

(312) 280-5030

For Immediate Release,

February 19, 2008

First Step Award to Erin Leach

CHICAGO-The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) is pleased to announce that Erin Leach, catalog librarian at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., is the recipient of the 2008 First Step Award-A Wiley Professional Development Grant presented by the ALCTS Continuing Resources Section.

The award will be presented on Sunday, June 29, at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony during the 2008 American Library Association (ALA) meeting in Anaheim, Calif.

Leach began her current position in 2006, cataloging print and electronic resources. She has demonstrated her commitment to serials work and continued professional development by attending two intensive Serials Cataloging Cooperative Training Program (SCCTP) workshops and obtaining other training, as well as participating in the NASIG mentorship program. She readily shares new information with colleagues and uses it to inform practices in her daily work. Leach expressed a desire to build relationships in the national field and to find her place in the ALCTS Continuing Resources Section.

Leach graduated from Butler University with a bachelor's in English. She earned her master's in library science from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2005.

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.