Harold M. Leich

Harold M. Leich has been the Russian Area Specialist in the European Division of the Library of Congress, Washington DC, since April 1987, responsible for Russian collection development, reader services, and special projects. Starting in 1999 he has also provided collection development and reader services for Modern Greece. He had previously been the Slavic/East European Acquisitions Librarian (1976-1987) and a Slavic/East European Cataloger (1969-1975) at the University of Illinois Library, Urbana, Illinois.

Leich has an AB in Anthropology from Dartmouth College (1967); an MA in Linguistics from the University of Illinois/Urbana (1971); and an MS in Library and Information Science from Illinois (1972). He has published on the history of books and libraries in Russia and the former Soviet Union, and on the history of Russian and Slavic library collections at American libraries, particularly the Library of Congress. He is professionally active in the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (formerly AAASS), the Modern Greek Studies Association, and the Slavic & East European Section of the the Association of College and Research Libraries (American Library Association). Leich has made a number of acquisitions and other library-related trips to Russia and Central Europe (Poland, Ukraine, Finland, Germany, Greece).