From Vice Provost and Director of University Libraries Damon Jaggars:

University Libraries is pleased to announce the addition of a faculty member in a new position, and a new role for another colleague. 

Mara Frazier

Mara Frazier will be joining the faculty of University Libraries as Curator of Dance, and Kapil Vasudev, University Libraries’ Mary P. Key Diversity Resident for Cultural Diversity Inquiry, will be moving into a new position as Education Librarian.

In this new post, Mara will lead the Libraries’ engagement and building of distinctive collections to advance discovery and learning. She will be working in an environment that respects the multiple ways in which dance is notated, documented, preserved, and represented, as well as the growing importance of and opportunities for digital scholarship. Mara will be responsible for promoting the holdings of the Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute (TRI) through outreach to and engagement with on- and off-campus constituencies, collection development, and research and reference services. Mara will engage with faculty, students, and staff, developing strong working relationships and serving as an authoritative resource for those seeking teaching and research support in engagement with dance notation, dance, and movement arts special collections. She will also be active in developing local, regional, national, and international partnerships and collaborations to advance the strategic directions of the Libraries.

Mara comes to University Libraries from McGraw-Hill Education.  Previously, she was on faculty at The Arts and College Preparatory Academy in Columbus; lecturer with Ohio State’s Department of Dance; and Dance Heritage Coalition Hidden Collections Fellow for TRI’s Special Collections Library. Mara has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance from The Ohio State University, a Teaching Certification in Labanotation from the Dance Notation Bureau, and a Master’s of Fine Arts in Dance Notation, also from Ohio State. 

The position reports to Nena Couch, Curator of the Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute and Head of Thompson Library Special Collections.

Kapil will be liaison to the College of Education and Human Ecology (CEHE), with a primary focus on supporting teaching and learning, research, scholarship, instructional initiatives and community engagement of the College.  He will develop substantive knowledge of scholarly and research practices, and demographic profiles of scholars and student majors in Education. His work will focus on publishing trends and scholarly communication in Education, and supporting faculty with emerging research methodologies.  He will also support the management of data and artifacts generated in the course of research. Kapil will have an understanding of major university initiatives relating to student success; affordability; general education; faculty instructional support; digital pedagogies; and a repertoire of strategies for staying current with these priorities and initiatives.

Kapil has been with University Libraries since January 2018 as the Mary P. Key Resident Librarian for Cultural Diversity Inquiry.  In that position, Kapil examined the Libraries Special Collections for diverse content, working with the curators to identify and record multicultural strengths in holdings.  He also connected students, faculty and researchers with culturally diverse collections through instructional sessions and research consultations. Kapil had previously worked as Library Collections Assistant at Davidson College, and in multiple roles at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Kapil has a Bachelor’s degree in History and International Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and earned a Master of Library and Information Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Kapil will be reporting to Humanities and Social Sciences Cohort Head Deidra Herring.

Mara and Kapil will begin working in their new positions with University Libraries on May 1.