The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Archive: 07/02/2022

The UMass Amherst Libraries are pleased to announce that Jennifer Friedman has been appointed Associate Dean of Research and Learning.

Prior to joining the University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries in 2016, Friedman worked in several different libraries, large and small, academic, public, and private, including Clemson, MIT, Harvard, and University of South Florida (USF). Friedman has navigated across library organizations via several positions in multiple departments, including the management of research services, collections, access services, and technical services. In her last position at USF, she was the Assistant Director of Research Services, where she is proud of her leadership role in the year-and-a-half-long collaborative project across the division re-evaluating the academic liaison program to develop a vision and strategic plan for the future of the program.

Over the course of her appointment of Head of Research Services and Interim Associate Dean of Research and Learning, Friedman has accomplished a significant amount of work in support ofthe Libraries’ Academic Liaisons Program, and has provided a nearly complete overhaul of our public facing research support and space management system in Springshare. Additionally, she initiated the Peer Research Consultant Program, which, prior to the pandemic, had students interested in librarianship training on research consultation and support. Shewill provide strategic direction as the Peer Leadership Program in the Learning Commons continues to develop. Friedman has played a key leadership role in multiple strategic planning processes, both within the Libraries and on campus. Her incredible depth of knowledge and experience at a diverse range of institutions has provided a wealth of perspective, support,and guidance not only in the Research and Learning Portfolio, but also in the organization as a whole. 

The UMass Amherst Libraries host an exhibit, “Botanicals: An Exploration of Wild and Cultivated Plants,” through Thursday, May 12, in the Mass Aggie Seed Library, in the Science and Engineering Library, Lederle Lowrise, Floor 2, at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. A reception will be held on Friday, April 22, 1-3 p.m. in the Mass Aggie Seed Library. Attendees must comply with UMass Amherst’s Current Guidance for Campus Events.

“Botanicals” is an exhibition of original linoleum block prints by New Hampshire artist, Monica Rico. The collection will feature botanical prints and textiles, each hand-printed from hand-carved blocks.

Monica Rico is a printmaker, organic farmer, local food system advocate, community organizer, and mom of boys. Originally on a science-based career path, it took her many years to get comfortable enough with the idea of making mistakes to allow herself to make art. She made her first block print in a workshop taught by a friend in the fall of 2018 and became consumed with the practice. Today, she has the privilege to homeschool her youngest son and make art as her full time occupation. She works from her home studio in Henniker, New Hampshire.

The Mass Aggie Seed Library is open for seed borrowing and donation for all on a self-service basis during the hours the Science & Engineering Library is open. It houses a collection focusing on organic, open-pollinated, and heirloom vegetable and flower seeds, as well as a collection of books to educate the community about seed saving. Additionally, seed-saving tools are available for loan to encourage and support seed-saving efforts.

The Seed Library is made possible through a generous grant from the UMass Amherst Sustainability, Innovation & Engagement Fund (SIEF).