The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Libraries is pleased to announce two recent appointments.

  • Megan Fratta started in the role of community outreach and global health librarian, effective June 4.

In this position based at the Health Sciences Library, Megan will collaborate with statewide and University health outreach and research projects. She will provide information and education services to support evidence-based practice and will build relationships with practitioners, researchers and students working on global health projects.

Megan will also present patient literacy concepts to health professionals and students working in community hospitals, health centers and primary care practices in rural and underserved communities in North Carolina. She will also provide teaching and consultation related to health literacy and best practices in patient communication.

Prior to this appointment, Megan worked as a contract librarian at the Health Sciences Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She served in 2016-17 as an Associate Fellow at the National Library of Medicine.

Megan holds an M.L.S. from the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park, and a B.A. in health administration and policy with a minor in management of aging services from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

  • Nancy Lovas became the entrepreneurship and business librarian effective June 11.

In this role, Nancy will help people develop their entrepreneurial ideas, explore markets for those ideas and find funding. She will serve as a resource for individual entrepreneurs, small business owners, campus and local business incubators and startup accelerators.

Nancy will also build library collections in her areas of expertise, and will provide research consultations, instruction and course development support for entrepreneurship, economics and business classes. She will be part of the social sciences collection development team and will work closely with the Library Research Hub staff, the librarian at Kenan-Flagler Business School and the information professionals that support Innovate Carolina and the Office of Technology Commercialization.

Prior to this appointment, Nancy worked as the business reference and research specialist for the Science, Technology and Business Division of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

Nancy holds a M.S. in library and information science from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a B.A. in economics from Berry College, in Rome, Georgia.


Library Technology Guides reports that “Backstage Library Works (www.bslw.com) is pleased to announce the promotion of Lara Henry to Vice President of Metadata Services.

Lara has been with Backstage for 25 years. During her career with Backstage, Lara has served as Vice President of Operations, President, Cataloging Project Manager, Client Support Manager, and Account Representative. In 2004, while serving as a project manager, Lara was directly credited for adding cataloging services to Backstage’s capabilities. As Vice President of Metadata Services, Lara will manage metadata projects and staff, consult with libraries, archives, and museums, develop strong business relationships with potential and existing clients and work with product managers in analyzing library needs and developing high quality, cost-effective solutions…”


In addition, Library Technology Guides also notes that Backstage has also promoted “Kelly Barrall to Vice President, Digitization Services.

Kelly has been with Backstage nearly 30 years. She began in the microfilm department and eventually worked her way through to digitization services. She has most recently been serving as Digitization Services Operations Manager, coordinating project schedules, bolstering the work of her project managers, and participating in client visits with sales representatives. Kelly’s new role will position her at the forefront of innovation within the digitization department. She will be responsible for developing partnerships with vendors and finding creative ways to continue to deliver high-quality work in a changing digitization landscape. Kelly will be managing on-site and in-house projects, personnel, and production…”


According to ARL News “the Association of Research Libraries (ARL)/Society of American Archivists (SAA) Mosaic Program Selection Committee has accepted three master of library and information science (MLIS) students from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups into the competitive diversity fellowship program. The ARL/SAA Mosaic Program, funded by a generous grant from the US Institute of Museum and Library Services and by ARL members, strives to promote much-needed diversification of the archives and special collections professional workforce.

Each 2018–2020 Mosaic Program Fellow will participate in a one-year, paid internship with the archives and/or special collections at an ARL member institution. This cohort will begin their fellowships in fall 2018 and will participate in the 15th Annual ARL Leadership Symposium in January 2019 in Seattle, Washington. The fellows will also attend the 2019 ARL/SAA Mosaic Leadership Forum, to be held at the SAA Annual Meeting in August 2019 in Austin, Texas

The 2018–2020 ARL/SAA Mosaic Program Fellows are:

  • Carolina Meneses, University of California, Los Angeles
    Internship host: University of California, Los Angeles Library
  • Tomoko Shida, University of Toronto
    Internship host: University of Toronto Libraries
  • Jasmine Sykes-Kunk, Clarion University
    Internship host: New York University Libraries…”

KnowledgeSpeak reports that “ProQuest has named Oren Beit-Arie as Chief Strategy Officer. In his new role, he will oversee the continuing development and promotion of ProQuest’s long-term enterprise strategy. Working in close partnership with general managers across the company, he will manage a comprehensive product roadmap and support the development and launch of critical initiatives.

Beit-Arie brings a wealth of experience in operations, product management and strategy. He is one of the primary developers of the ANSI/NISO Z39.88 standard and has led the development of SFX link-resolver and a range of other solutions in the realm of electronic scholarly resources, including bX, a usage-based article recommender. In his role as Chief Strategy Officer for Ex Libris, Beit-Arie focused on strategic developments and new product initiatives. He led the vision and creation of the company’s next-generation library services platform, including the Primo discovery solution; Alma, the cloud-based unified resources management solution; and Esploro, the newly developed research services platform…”