Marian Fragola (MSLS '08), alumna of the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) and current Director of Program Planning and Outreach at NC State University Libraries, has been named a 2018 “Mover & Shaker” by Library Journal.
Lauded for her “knack for creating programs that span disciplines and are open to the public,” Fragola is recognized for developing events such as State of the Sciences Live! and the Making Space series.
“My goal is to have [our] programs be informative, inspirational, fun, and, when they are at their best, transformational,” Fragola said to Library Journal.
Fragola is one of NC State’s great cross-pollinators. She curates and organizes a packed calendar of Libraries events—all free and open to the public—that celebrate and reflect the range of academic talents, cultural interests, and diversity at the university and in the surrounding communities. Through her award-winning NCSU Libraries Presents series, Fragola works with students and faculty from every corner of the university, and with alumni and community members both local and far-flung, to develop compelling and innovative programming. Her ability to create public programs that make connections across often-siloed parts of the university has highlighted and enhanced the noteworthy work being done at NC State and built lasting, multidisciplinary partnerships throughout the university.
"I am incredibly proud and gratified to have Marian receive this well-deserved recognition,” says Greg Raschke, Interim Vice Provost and Director of NCSU Libraries. “Marian has done wonders in building a diverse suite of events into a popular and thriving program that benefits the University community and entire Triangle area. She is an innovator and connector, the very essence of a ‘Mover & Shaker.’"
Annually since 2002, Library Journal has chosen a class of innovative librarians and library staff members from an international pool of nearly 300 nominees. This year’s “Movers & Shakers” class will be acknowledged at the American Library Association annual conference in New Orleans in June. Many SILS alumni have been recognized on the list over the years, most recently Mara Thacker (MSLS '10) and Sara Trettin (MSLS ’13) in 2017.