Murray elected to serve as 2020 president of Special Libraries Association

November 28, 2018

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Tara Murray, librarian for Germanic and Slavic languages and literatures at Penn State University Libraries, has been named president-elect of the Special Libraries Association, a nonprofit global organization for information professionals serving in business, government, academic and other specialized settings.

A member of the organization for 20 years, Murray’s election by SLA members is for a three-year term, in which she will serve as president-elect in 2019, president in 2020 and past president in 2021. She also has served as president of the SLA Central Pennsylvania Chapter and chair of the SLA Social Science Division and was a member of the SLA Board of Directors from 2013 to 2015. She was named a Fellow of SLA in 2017 in recognition of her service to the association and the information profession.

Murray has worked in public, private, corporate and academic libraries, and also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Library Administration. Before joining Penn State’s faculty in January 2018, she was director of information services and librarian at the American Philatelic Research Library in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, and also previously served as the information core director for Penn State’s Population Research Institute. She earned a master of library and information sciences degree from the University of Pittsburgh and an undergraduate degree in German studies from Bard College.

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  • photo portrait of Tara Marray, woman wearing glasses and green blazer standing in front of purple flowers

    Tara Murray, librarian for Germanic and Slavic languages and literatures, Penn State University Libraries

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Last Updated December 19, 2018