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Emerita & Emeritus Faculty

Emerita and Emeritus Faculty are faculty members who have retired from full-time employment with the University Libraries after meritorious service to the University in the areas of teaching, research, or service.

Svelta Baykoucheva headshotSvetla Baykoucheva

  • Chemistry and Life Sciences Librarian (2016 - 2021)
  • Head of the White Memorial Chemistry Library (2005 - 2016)

Svetla Baykoucheva (Baykousheva) was a Chemistry and Life Sciences Librarian at the University of Maryland, College Park. She holds a PhD in Microbiology, BS and MS degrees in Chemistry, and a Master’s in Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree. A postdoctoral fellowship from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) allowed her to specialize at the University of Paris VI (France) for one year. For more than 20 years, she performed interdisciplinary research in infectious microbiology and biochemistry, publishing more than 50 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals. She has also served as the Head of the White Memorial Chemistry Library at the University of Maryland, College Park and as manager of the Library and Information Center of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in Washington, D.C. In her role as editor of the Chemical Information Bulletin (published by the ACS Division of Chemical Information), she took numerous interviews from scholars, information experts, editors, and publishers. She has published two books, Managing Scientific Information and Research Data (2015) and Driving Science Information Discovery in the Digital Age (2022).

Johnnie Love headshotJohnnieque B. (Johnnie) Love

Libraries Human Resources; Collection Strategies and Services Division
  • Coordinator of Personnel Programs (2001-2005)
  • Interim Manager of Employment Development (2005-2012)
  • Gifts-in-Kind Librarian (2014-2015)
  • Special Projects Librarian (2015-2017)
  • Collection Strategist Librarian (2017-2019)

Johnnieque B. (Johnnie) Love is widely recognized as a leader in the field of diversity and inclusion in libraries. She brought that perspective to the University of Maryland in her positions in Libraries Human Resources. She led consideration of what diversity and inclusion are, and how the Libraries could create a more diverse workspace. In all her positions at the Libraries, she reached out to staff and faculty to encourage them in their careers. Johnnie transitioned to the Collection Strategies and Services Division, where she participated in several project-based efforts, including a multi-year evaluation of the Art Library’s collection. She participated in the creation of pop-up libraries that highlight the subject of art exhibits. She developed what became an on-going program of pop-up library collaboration between the Art Library and the Stamp and the University of Maryland galleries. Ms. Love has been active in professional organizations, including the African-American Section of the Association for College and Research Libraries (ACRL) of the American Library Association (ALA) and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). She has been a founding member of the ALA’s Spectrum Scholarship Program. Through her service, she mentored people to express the issues surrounding diversity and inclusion. Ms. Love has presented at local, regional, and national conferences, and has published book reviews, articles, book chapters, and co-authored a monograph recognized by the University of Maryland in its annual reception for faculty who have published books. For her accomplishments throughout her career, she has been the recipient of the UMD iSchool’s James Partridge Award for her advocacy for a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable library workplace.

Carleton Jackson headshotCarleton Jackson

Public Services Division Undergraduate Library, and Nonprint Media Services Library (renamed to Library Media Services)
  • Reference Librarian (1978-1984)
  • Coordinator for Library Instruction (1984-1988)
  • Reference/Acquisitions Librarian (1988-2000)
  • Librarian, Sights and Sounds, Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore, Maryland (concurrent with UMD positions) (1994-2004)
  • Media Resources Librarian (2006–2011)
  • Interim Head, Nonprint Media Services Library (2011-2012)
  • Head, Library Media Services (2012-2019)

Carleton Jackson joined the UMD Libraries in 1978 as a Reference Librarian in the Undergraduate Library. He retired in 2019, as a Librarian III, after 47 years of employment. Mr. Jackson played an important role in developing and improving the presence of film studies at UMD, which was absent for several years, and continued his service to that program through creating syllabi and identifying the resources available for students and faculty for teaching and research. He led media services at the UMD Libraries through several strategic and technological changes. He conceived and developed media streaming services at UMD and was a pioneer in providing those services in academic libraries around the world. He was instrumental in developing a significant media collection at UMD and was considered an expert on Campus in media rights and licensing. Jackson served on many performance review cases where he provided mentoring and career advice to several junior faculty, served on many search committees, and impacted the community through his participation in several Prince Georges County projects and initiatives such as the Creative Edge Collaborative, part of the Gateway Arts District, and an oral history project for Latinos in Prince Georges County. He also held officer positions in many national library media organizations and was recognized for his work and impact on diversity in the profession at the national level. He was a founding member of the Video Interest Group of the American Library Association, which is now referred to as the Film and Media Round Table. Jackson has published peer reviewed articles about media libraries and copyright and degradation of media materials. He has given many presentations at national and regional outlets. He provided expert advice and testimony on media and on copyright for use of film and video in educational activities, which helped various organizations including Library of Congress and the Copyright Office in their views and decisions in these areas.

Anne Turkos headshotAnne Turkos

Special Collections & University Archives
  • University Archivist (1985-2017)

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.

Carlen Ruschoff headshotCarlen 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.

Lauren Brown headshotLauren Brown

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

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.

Ruth Elizabeth Moore Alvarez headshotRuth Elizabeth Moore Alvarez

Special Collections & University Archives
  • Curator, Literary Manuscripts (1993-2011)

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.

Irma Dillon headshotIrma Dillon*

Multiple Divisions
  • Manager Library Information Management Systems (1994-1997)
  • Manager of Management Information Systems (1997-2010)
  • Acting Manager Staff Learning and Development (2008-2010)

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 a 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.

Alice LaSota headshotAlice LaSota

Metadata Services Division
  • Authorities Librarian (1989-1992); Music Cataloger (1992-2010)
  • Acting Head, Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library (2005)

Alice LaSota retired from the University of Maryland Libraries in 2010 after a twenty-one-year career as a 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.

Betty Harris Day headshotBetty Harris Day

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

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.

Bonnie Jo Dopp Hurley headshotBonnie Jo Dopp Hurley

Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library
  • Curator, Special Collections in Performing Arts (1996-2006)
  • Interim Music Librarian (2004-2006)
  • Special Projects in Performing Arts Librarian (2006-2008)

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.


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