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Emerita/us Faculty, UMD Libraries

Ruth Elizabeth Moore Alvarez

Curator, Literary Manuscripts (1993-2011)

Special Collections & University Archives

From 1993 to 2011, Beth (Ruth M.) Alvarez, Ph.D., served as Curator of Literary Manuscripts at the University of Maryland Libraries, College Park, MD. Among the collections for which she had curatorial responsibility during her tenure are the papers of Katherine Anne Porter and Djuna Barnes. Her published work includes Katherine Anne Porter, Un país familiar: Escritos sobre México [“My Familiar Country”: Katherine Anne Porter on Mexico], 1998 (compiled and wrote introduction and notes) and Uncollected Early Prose of Katherine Anne Porter, 1993 (edited with Thomas F. Walsh), and Katherine Anne Porter: An Annotated Bibliography, 1990 (with Kathryn Hilt). She has also published book reviews and critical articles on Porter that have appeared in scholarly journals and collections of essays. Other accomplishments include obtaining and administering grant funding to support work on the Porter, Barnes, and Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven papers and mentoring more than twenty junior professionals, graduate students, and undergraduates. Currently, she and Libraries’ colleagues are working on a digital edition of Katherine Anne Porter’s correspondence.


Lauren Brown

Curator, Archives & Manuscripts (1984-2011); Co-Manager, Special Collections & University Archives (2011-2016)

Special Collections & University Archives

Lauren Brown joined the professional librarian ranks at the UMD Libraries in 1984. He served the Libraries in various leadership positions within Special Collections & University Archives until his retirement in 2016. Mr. Brown holds an undergraduate degree in history from San Diego State University. He earned two advanced degrees: an M.A. in American history from the University of Washington and an M.L.S. from the University of California at Berkeley. Earlier in his career he worked in academic libraries at UC/San Diego, UC/Berkeley, and Rice University. On an adjunct professor basis, Mr. Brown also taught archives courses in what was the College of Information Studies (now UMD's iSchool). He has published articles and presented at conferences on Congressional collections, archival management issues, processing of archival collections, documenting local history, and labor history archives.

Betty Harris Day

Hornbake Reference; English and Women’s Studies Bibliographer; Manager in Electronic Resources (1980-2008)

Multiple Divisions

Betty Harris Day began her professional career as part of the Hornbake Reference team in 1980, coordinating the English 101 Library Instruction program. From 1984 until 1996 she served as Bibliographer for English and Women’s Studies. During this period, she completed her Ph.D. in English at UMD. She also served as chair of the English and American Literature Section of the ACRL and was the co-editor of the ACRL monograph Literature in English: A Guide for Librarians in the Digital Age, 2000. Day served as Manager of Electronic Services first in Public Services and then in Information Technology as her responsibilities expanded to managing consortial electronic resources for the USMAI and Maryland Digital Library. She has made presentations at conferences on consortial electronic resource management, electronic scholarly texts, electronic books, and journals.

Irma Dillon

Manager Library Information Management Systems (LIMS) 1994-1997

Manager of Management Information Systems 1997-2010

Acting Manager Staff Learning and Development 2008-2010


Multiple Divisions

Irma F. Dillon joined UM Libraries in 1994 as a staff member in what was formerly the Information Technology Division. As Manager Library Information Management Systems, she worked with the USM/LIMS Directors and Deans implementing the CARL Library Information System; and supervised systems librarian responsible for working with the USM libraries staff implementing the LIS system. She became Manager of Information Systems in the Planning and Administrative Services Division (PASD) and developed a culture of assessment within the Libraries. She developed the Libraries’ management information system, organized the collection of, reporting, and analysis of many statistics. Dillon formed the Library Assessment Review Committee (LARC) to review and analyze library related statistics, recommend areas of library activities needing additional assessment, and develop strategies for gathering needed data.  In addition, she served as survey coordinator for UM to the Association of Research Libraries and other organizations. Dillon directed the Libraries participation in the LibQual survey and the analysis of the results. She gave presentations and workshops on data collection and analysis at conferences. As Acting Manager Staff Learning and Development, she coordinated the assessment of the Library Learning Curriculum with the campus Center for Leadership and Organizational Change.


Bonnie Jo Dopp Hurley

Curator, Special Collections in Performing Arts (1996-2006); Interim Music Librarian (2004-2006)

Special Projects in Performing Arts Librarian (2006-2008)

Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library

As Curator for SCPA, Bonnie Jo Dopp managed four national conferences on arts education produced with funding from a SCPA endowment, co-produced one small and seven large exhibitions of materials from SCPA, managed moving SCPA collections from numerous scattered locations in Hornbake Library to only two rooms in MSPAL, created and edited SCPA's Web pages, served as managing editor of four volumes in SCPA's State-of-the-Arts series, the printed Inventory of the ICA Research Center Score Collection, the program booklet for SCPA's CD recording, For the Record: Highlights from the Recordings in the ABA Research Center, the School of Music's program booklets for one opera and international festival-conferences on Aaron Copland and Sergei Rachmaninoff. Dopp was elected to the University Senate and to the Senate Executive Committee and was an active member of the Music Library Association and the local chapter of the American Musicological Society. In retirement, she has continued to do music research and writing, producing chamber music program notes and reviews of classical music DVDs for publication.

Alice LaSota

Authorities Librarian (1989-1992); Music Cataloger (1992-2010)

Acting Head, Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library (2005)

Metadata Services Division

Alice LaSota retired from the University of Maryland Libraries in 2010 after a twenty-one year career as music cataloger and authorities librarian. Her emphasis was on the mentoring of graduate assistants and graduate students in the art of music cataloging. These students, after graduating, obtained music librarian positions in academic and public research libraries throughout the United States and abroad. As an authorities librarian, she presented a national workshop and several conference talks on creating music series authority records. She was Acting Head of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library in 2005 and continues, in retirement, to catalog special collections in MSPAL.


Carlen Ruschoff

Director of Technical Services, 2000-2006

Director of Information Technology and Technical Services, 2006-2011

Director of Technical Services & Strategic Initiatives, 2011-2016

Carlen Ruschoff’s tenure with the University of Maryland Libraries began in 2000. She served the University Libraries as Director of Technical Services from 2000-2016. During her tenure she also acted as Director of Library Information Technology from 2006-2011. From 2015-2016 she was the Libraries’ Equity Administrator. Prior to joining the University faculty, she held an appointment as a library faculty member at Georgetown University in Washington, D. C. Ms. Ruschoff has been an active leader in regional, national, and international organizations, elected President of the Association of Library Collections Technical Services (ALCTS) and elected Chair of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging Policy Committee, an international organization sponsored by the Library of Congress. In the area of standards, she was a member of a National Information Standards Organization committee which established the protocol for the Digital Object Identifier (DOI). She actively publishes in scholarly library journals and continues to serve on editorial boards of a number of library journals. In 2015 Ms. Ruschoff was presented with the Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is given to individuals who are recognized leaders in ALCTS and other professional associations; have made significant contributions to the professional literature; demonstrate exemplary research in areas of interest to ALCTS; and have been otherwise recognized for achievements throughout their career. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Classics and a Master of Arts in Library Science from the University of Minnesota.


Anne Turkos

University Archivist, 1985-2017

Special Collections & University Archives

Anne Turkos began her career in the University of Maryland Libraries as Assistant Curator of Archives and Manuscripts in January 1985 and was promoted to University Archivist in September 1993. During her tenure as University Archivist, Anne doubled the size of the holdings of the Archives, including major documentation of UMD athletics; increased the visibility of the University Archives program and awareness of the history of UMD through a wide variety of outreach efforts; and supervised and mentored over 100 graduate and undergraduate student assistants, interns, field study students, and volunteers. Anne also established the Terp for Life Fund to support the University Archives and led fundraising efforts to preserve historical Terrapin football and men’s basketball footage and to digitize The Diamondback. Currently she continues her work on special projects and fundraising initiatives for the University Archives and the entire UMD Libraries.