Jennifer Diffin - 2011 FAC Representative

No Photo Available Position: Librarian
E-mail: jdiffin@umuc.edu
Division: UMUC Adelphi
Category: Collegiate
Program: Library

Autobiography

I started working at UMUC in October 2007, as the Assistant Director for Systems and Access Services in Information and Library Services. I supervise a team of 11 that provides the library’s circulation, interlibrary loan, electronic reserves and technology needs. This involves making sure library services are available to faculty, students and staff around the world 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Previously, as the Head of Library Systems/Systems Librarian at Keene State College’s Mason Library in Keene, New Hampshire, I provided instruction to library staff on the use of technology and library related software and was an Academic Technology Committee member. Also, as the Technical Services Librarian at Daniel Webster College’s Baddour Library in Nashua, NH, I provided reference and library instruction and was a Curriculum Committee member. For several months at Daniel Webster College, I was the Interim Library Director, and as such attended Academic Assembly meetings. I received my MLS from Simmons College in 1996 and my BS in Computer Science and Math also from Simmons College in 1995.

After living in New England my whole life, it has been interesting exploring the mid-Atlantic region. I enjoy traveling and am currently working my way through visiting all 50 states—only eight more to go.

Nomination Essay

I believe the Faculty Advisory Council’s (FAC) role is to assist and improve communication between UMUC faculty and university administration as stated in Article I of the FAC constitution. The FAC represents UMUC faculty worldwide and gives them a voice in the administration on matters such as curriculum, academic freedom and intellectual property.

Since the library provides services to all divisions within the university, it has a unique perspective on what is happening throughout UMUC. Librarians may notice trends across divisions and see the big picture. However, since the library is not actually part of either SUS or GSMT, it is vitally important that the library be properly represented on the FAC to ensure the librarians have a voice within the UMUC faculty community. This enables the library to continue to collaborate with other UMUC faculty on providing the best education possible to UMUC students.

Communication and collaboration is extremely important between faculty and administration. Faculty (including librarians) are at the front lines working with students. They need to work with the administration to make sure that the goals and mission of the university are appropriate and are being met in an effective and efficient manor.