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Library Liaisons and Departmental Faculty Representatives

Departmental Faculty Representatives & Library Liaisons

At the University of Maryland Libraries, our mission is to meet the academic, research, and information needs of the campus community in both traditional and innovative ways.

Departmental Faculty Representatives (Faculty Library Liaisons)

The work of the departmental faculty representatives is vital to the success of the University of Maryland Libraries in supporting University's goals for learning, discovery, engagement, and professional practice.

  • Each academic department/program at UMD assigns a faculty member to serve as faculty library liaison for that department.
  • The departmental faculty representative may be the primary contact person for his or her department with the library, communicating directly with their liaison librarian. 
  • departmental faculty representatives communicate to their liaison librarian changes in curriculum, academic directions, and new programmatic needs, as well as new, evolving, or diminishing research focuses.
  • They encourage their colleagues to communicate with their subject librarian regarding individual information, purchase, instruction, or research needs and distribute communications from the liaison librarian and the Libraries that they receive.
  • Further, they may coordinate the participation of their department in special projects, such as:
    • Journal cancellation projects
    • Major purchase decisions
    • Major withdrawal/transfer projects of bound journal volumes or books. 
  • They can also be providing feedback from the faculty regarding:
    • Library services
    • Policies
    • Procedures
    • Collections

Subject Librarians (Library Liaisons)

In their outreach function, liaison librarians are a conduit between academic departments and the library to make sure that we are serving the unique research and information literacy needs of students and faculty in each discipline to the best of our ability.

  • Liaison librarians are assigned subjects based on their undergraduate and graduate degrees, academic interests, and the needs of the library.
  • Liaison librarians provide information literacy instruction, research assistance, and manage and build collections.
  • Through departmental partnerships, liaison librarians actively develop innovative services and materials that support the University's evolving academic programs and changing research interests.
  • Active communication between liaison librarians and their faculty library liaison include all matters related to the University Libraries, such as:
  • Acquisitions
  • Instructional support
  • Scholarly communications
  • Library digitization efforts
  • Developments in data research and visualization
  • Library events
  • Workshops
  • Library-wide services.

Below, our library liaisons and departmental faculty representatives are listed.


Department Departmental Liaisons to the Libraries Email Addresses Liaison Librarians Email Addresses
Accounting & Information Assurance Dr. Martin Loeb, Chair Zaida Diaz
Aerospace Engineering Dr. Norman Wereley Sarah Over
African-American Studies Marshal Washington Tahirah Akbar-Williams
Agricultural and Resource Economics Dr. Katherine Faulkner Stephanie Ritchie
American Studies Dr. Mary Sies Eric Lindquist
Animal and Avian Sciences Dr. Chad Stahl Stephanie Ritchie
Anthropology Dr. Mark Leone Judy Markowitz
Arabic Studies Dr. Valerie Anishchenkova Zaida Diaz
Architecture Dr. Brian Kelly Cindy Frank
Art Prof. Chip Richardson, Chair Patricia Cossard
Art History & Archaeology Dr. Meredith Gill, Chair Patricia Cossard
Asian and East European Languages and Cultures Dr. Michele Mason Kana Jenkins
Astronomy Ms. Olivia Dent Nevenka Zdravkovska
Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences Dr. Norman Canfield Nevenka Zdravkovska
Behavioral and Community Health Dr. Barbara Anne Curbow, Chair Nedelina Tchangalova
Bioengineering Dr. John Fisher Sarah Over
Biology Dr. Scott Juntti Jodi Coalter
Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics (CBMG) Dr. Steven Mount Svetla Baykoucheva / Jodi Coalter
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Dr. Peter Konfinas Sarah Over
Chemistry and Biochemistry Dr. Andrei Vedernikov Svetla Baykoucheva
Civil & Environmental Engineering Dr. Charles (Chuck) Schwartz Sarah Over
Classics Dr. Lillian Doherty Eric Lindquist
Communication Dr. Dale Jay Hample Chuck Howell
Computer Science Dr. David Mount Nevenka Zdravkovska
Counseling and Higher Education (Education) Dr. William Ming Liu Tahirah Akbar-Williams
Criminology and Criminal Justice Dr. Gary LaFree Celina McDonald
Decision and Information Technologies Dr. Michael Fu, Chair Zaida Diaz
Economics Dr. Maureen Cropper, Chair Zaida Diaz
Electrical & Computer Engineering Dr. Julius Goldhar Sarah Over
English Dr. Martha Nell Smith Pat Herron
Entomology Dr. Marcia A. Shofner Jodi Coalter
Environmental Science and Policy Dr. Mark Carroll Stephanie Ritchie
Environmental Science and Technology Dr. Ray Weil Stephanie Ritchie
Epidemiology & Biostatistics Dr. Tianzhou (Charles) Ma Nedelina Tchangalova
Family Science Dr. Manouchehr Mokhtari Nedelina Tchangalova
Finance Dr. Nagpurnanand Prabhala, Chair Zaida Diaz
Fire Protection Engineering Dr. Arnaud Trouvé Sarah Over
French and Italian Dr. Valerie Orlando Kelsey Corlett-Rivera
Geographical Sciences Dr. Chris Justice, Chair Celina McDonald
Geology Dr. Mong-Han Huang Jodi Coalter
Germanic Studies Dr. Julie Koser Kelsey Corlett-Rivera
The Global Health Initiative Dr. Colleen M. Farmer Nedelina Tchangalova
Government and Politics Dr. David Karol Judy Markowitz
Health Services Administration Dr. Michel Boudreaux Nedelina Tchangalova
Hearing and Speech Dr. Nan Bernstein Ratner Chuck Howell
Historic Preservation Dennis Pogue Cindy Frank
History Dr. Robyn Muncy Eric Lindquist
Human Development and Quantitative Methodology (Education) Dr Ming Wang Tahirah Akbar-Williams
Information Studies Dr. Paul Jaeger Rachel Gammons
Institute of Applied Agriculture Dr. Chelsea Mays-Williams Stephanie Ritchie
Jewish Studies Dr. Berny Cooperman Yelena Luckert
Journalism Dr. Ronald A. Yaros Chuck Howell
Kinesiology Dr. Joanne C. Klossner Nedelina Tchangalova
Linguistics Dr. Margaret J. Antonisse Pat Herron
LGBT Studies Dr. Ruth Zambrana and Mr. Robert Burgard" Judy Markowitz
Logistics, Business and Public Policy (includes Supply Chain Management) Dr. Martin Dresner, Chair Zaida Diaz
Management & Organization Dr. Kay Bartol, Chair Zaida Diaz
Marketing Dr. David Godes, Chair Zaida Diaz
Marine Estuarine Environmental Science (MEES) Dr. Kennedy Paynter Stephanie Ritchie
Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health Dr. Amy Sapkota Nedelina Tchangalova
Materials Science & Engineering Dr. Lourdes G. Salamanca-Riba Sarah Over
Mathematics Dr. James A. Schafer Nevenka Zdravkovska
Mechanical Engineering Dr. F. Patrick McCluskey Sarah Over
Music Dr. Barbara Haggh-Huglo; Dr. Larry Witzleben; Steve Henry
Nutrition and Food Science Dr. Margaret Udahogora Stephanie Ritchie
Persian Studies Dr. Sussan Moinfar Zaida Diaz
Philosophy Dr. Jerrold Levinson Chuck Howell
Physics Jimmy Williams Nevenka Zdravkovska
Plant Science and Landscape Architecture Dr. Angus Murphy Stephanie Ritchie
Psychology Dr. Michael Dougherty, Chair Nedelina Tchangalova
Public Health Science Dr. Kristin Cipriani Nedelina Tchangalova
Public Policy Mr. Bill Powers Judy Markowitz
Real Estate Development Maria K. Day-Marshall Cindy Frank
Second Language Acquisition Dr. Robert DeKeyser Lindsay Inge-Carpenter
Slavic Dr. Liz Papazian Yelena Luckert
Sociology Dr. Roberto Patricio Korzeniewicz, Chair Patricia Cossard
Spanish & Portuguese Drs. Laura Demaría (for Latin America) José María Naharro-Calderón (for Iberia); Kelsey Corlett-Rivera
Teaching and Learning Policy Leadership (Education) Dr. Francine H. Hultgren Tahirah Akbar-Williams
Theatre, Dance and Performance (TDPS) Dr. Maura Keefe Drew Barker
Urban Studies & Planning Dr. Ariel Bierbaum Cindy Frank
Veterinary Medicine Dr. Siba K Samal Stephanie Ritchie
Women Studies Dr. Ruth Zambrana and Mr. Robert Burgard; Judy Markowitz