June 18, 2018

Marian Fragola | Movers & Shakers 2018 – Innovators

A photo spurred Marian Fragola to create the Making Space series at North Carolina State University (NCSU). As part of a study on the library’s gaming spaces, a student snapped a picture of herself looking into one of the rooms, her body reflected in the glass. “[It] captured her feelings of not being welcomed,” says Fragola, director of program planning and outreach. The photo brought home to Fragola and her colleagues the issue of women’s underrepresentation in the Maker movement and tech.

Jennifer A. Ferretti | Movers & Shakers 2018 – Community Builders

Jennifer Ferretti has been a digital librarian for more than ten years at various institutions. A fine arts graduate from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), she returned to MICA in 2015 to lead digital initiatives. “I never wanted to be a librarian,” says Ferretti, because “I didn’t know what librarians did. I never had a librarian I connected to and never met a Latinx librarian.” A supportive internship supervisor at the Smithsonian (2007–08) and a strong community on “librarian Twitter” changed that.

Susan Barnum | Movers & Shakers 2018 – Advocates

“Susan Barnum’s work as a public services librarian at the El Paso Public Library has impacted millions of people,” says nominator Merrilee Proffitt of OCLC. How has she affected so many? By editing Wikipedia.

Rebecca McCorkindale & Julie Syler | Movers & Shakers 2018 – Advocates

Julie Syler and Rebecca McCorkindale jointly created the Libraries Are for Everyone campaign, a powerful message that emphasizes the welcoming nature of libraries. Shortly after President Trump’s January 27, 2017, ban on travel from seven Islamic countries, Syler came up with the slogan for Library Legislative Day at the Arkansas State Capitol. She reached out to McCorkindale to include her bright, stylized designs of people from various cultural and ethnic groups holding globes. After a few emails, the two women had finished a poster.