Yelena Luckert is the director of research & learning at the University of Maryland Libraries. In this role, she provides leadership for the library’s subject-liaison services, general reference, instructional services, and the development of Research Commons. She is also a subject liaison librarian for Jewish and Slavic studies and has served in this role since she first started at the University. During this time, she has been very fortunate in building extensive Judaic and Slavic collections for the Libraries, deep ties with faculty and departments, and a unique exchange program with partners in Russia, including several study abroad classes to St. Petersburg. Ms. Luckert has been very active in the professional service to her library, university and nationally, and has presented and published on topics related to area studies librarianship and library administration.