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Departmental Faculty Representatives

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.

What are the liaisons' roles?

Departmental Faculty Representatives

The work of the departmental faculty representatives (or faculty library liaisons) 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

In their outreach function, subject librarians (or 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.


Who are the liaisons for my department?

Find Subject Librarians and Departmental Faculty Representatives by Academic Department:

Department Departmental Faculty Representative (faculty library liaison) Subject Librarian (library liaison)
Accounting & Information Assurance Dr. Martin Loeb, Chair Zaida Diaz
Aerospace Engineering Dr. Norman Wereley Alison Harding
African American Studies Marshal Washington Tahirah Akbar Williams
Agriculture Dr. Craig Beyrouty Isabella Baxter
Agricultural & Resource Economics Dr. Katherine Faulkner Isabella Baxter
American Studies Dr. Mary Sies Eric Lindquist
Animal & Avian Sciences Dr. Chad Stahl Isabella Baxter
Anthropology Dr. Mark Leone Jordan Sly
Arabic Studies Dr. Valerie Anishchenkova Zaida Diaz
Architecture Dr. Brian Kelly Cindy Frank
Art History & Archaeology Dr. Jordana Saggese Patricia Cossard
Asian & East European Languages and Cultures Dr. Michele Mason Kana Jenkins
Astronomy Ms. Olivia Dent Nevenka Zdravkovska
Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences Dr. Norman Canfield Nevenka Zdravkovska
Behavior, Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics (BEES)   Isabella Baxter
Behavioral & Community Health Dr. Barbara Anne Curbow, Chair Nedelina Tchangalova
Bioengineering Dr. John Fisher Alison Harding
Biology Dr. Scott Juntti Jodi Coalter
Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics (CBMG) Dr. Steven Mount Marcella Stranieri
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Dr. Peter Konfinas Alison Harding
Chemistry & Biochemistry Dr. Andrei Vedernikov Marcella Stranieri
Cinema & Media Studies   Chuck Howell
Civil & Environmental Engineering Dr. Chuck Schwartz Alison Harding
Classics Dr. Lillian Doherty Eric Lindquist
Communication Prof. Brooke Fisher Liu Chuck Howell
Computer Science Dr. David Mount Nevenka Zdravkovska
Counseling & Higher Education Dr. William Ming Liu Tahirah Akbar-Williams
Criminology & Criminal Justice Dr. Gary LaFree Celina McDonald
Decision & Information Technologies Dr. Michael Fu, Chair Zaida Diaz
Economics Dr. Judith K. Hellerstein Zaida Diaz
Electrical & Computer Engineering Dr. Julius Goldhar Alison Harding
English Dr. Martha Nell Smith Emily Deinert
Entomology Dr. Maria Shofner Jodi Coalter
Environmental Science & Policy Dr. Mark Marroll Isabella Baxter
Environmental Science & Technology Dr. Ray Weil Isabella Baxter
Epidemiology & Biostatistics Dr. Tianzhou Charles Ma Nedelina Tchangalova
Family Science Dr. Manouchehr Mokhtari Nedelina Tchangalova
Finance Dr. Russell Wermers Zaida Diaz
Fire Protection Engineering Dr. Arnaud Trouvé Alison Harding
French Dr. Valerie Orlando Jordan Sly
Geographical Sciences & Technology Dr. Chris Justice, Chair Milan Budhathoki
Geology Dr. Mon-Han Huang Milan Budhathoki
Germanic Studies Dr. Julie Koser Jordan Sly
The Global Health Initiative Dr. Colleen M. Farmer Nedelina Tchangalova
Government & Politics Dr. Gabriella Lloyd Judy Markowitz
Health Services Administration Dr. Michel Boudreaux Nedelina Tchangalova
Hearing & Speech Dr. Nan Bernstein Ratner Chuck Howell
Historic Preservation Prof. Dennis Pogue Cindy Frank
History Dr. Robyn Muncy Eric Lindquist
Human Development & Quantitative Methodology Dr. Ming Wang Tahirah Akbar-Williams
Information Studies Dr. Paul Jaeger Rachel Gammons
Institute of Applied Agriculture Dr. Chelsea Mays-Williams Isabella Baxter
Italian Dr. Valerie Orlando Jordan Sly
Jewish Studies Dr. Berny Cooperman Yelena Luckert
Journalism Dr. Ronald A. Yaros Chuck Howell
Kinesiology Dr. Joanne C. Klossner Nedelina Tchangalova
Landscape Architecture Dr. Angus Murphy Isabella Baxter
Linguistics  Dr. Margaret J. Antonisse Emily Deinert
LGBTQ Studies Dr.  Ruth Zumbrana & Prof. Robert Burgard Judy Markowitz
Logistics, Business, & Public Policy 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 Isabella Baxter
Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health Dr. Amy Sapkota Nedelina Tchangalova
Materials  Science & Engineering Dr. Lourdes G. Salamanca-Riba Alison Harding
Mathematics Dr. James A. Schafer Nevenka Zdravkovska
Mechanical Engineering Dr. F. Patrick McCluskey Alison Harding
Music Dr. Barbara Haggh-Huglo & Dr. Larry Witzleben Steve Henry
Nutrition & Food Science Dr. Margaret Udahogora Isabella Baxter
Persian Studies Dr. Matthew Thomas Miller Zaida Diaz
Philosophy Dr. Jerrold Levinson Jordan Sly
Physics Mr. Jimmy Williams Nevenka Zdravkovska
Plant Sciences   Isabella Baxter
Psychology Dr. Michael Dougherty Emily Deinert
Public Health Science Dr. Kristin Cipriani Nedelina Tchangalova
Public Policy Mr. Bill Powers, J.D Judy Markowitz
Real Estate Development Ms. Maria K. Day-Marshall, Esq. Cindy Frank
Second Language Acquisition Dr. Robert DeKeyser Lindsay Inge-Carpenter
Slavic Languages Dr. Liz Papazian Yelena Luckert
Sociology Dr. Roberto Patricio Korzeniewics Jordan Sly
Spanish & Portuguese (Latin America) Dr. Laura Demaría Suzy Wilson
Spanish & Portuguese (Iberia) Dr. José María Naharro-Calderón Suzy Wilson
Studio Art Prof. Brandon Morse, Chair Patricia Cossard
Teaching & Learning Policy Leadership Dr. Francine H. Hultgren Tahirah Akbar-Willams
Theatre, Dance, & Performance Dr. Maura Keefe Drew Barker
Urban Studies & Planning Dr. Ariel Bierbaum Cindy Frank
University of Maryland Extension Dr. James Hanson Isabella Baxter
Veterinary Medicine Dr. Siba. K. Samal Isabella Baxter
Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Dr.  Ruth Zumbrana & Prof. Robert Burgard Judy Markowitz



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