SLA Members Choose Tara Murray as 2020 President

Longtime member brings extensive leadership experience to executive role

McLean, Virginia, 20 September 2018—Tara Murray, a 20-year member of SLA who has been active at all levels of the association and has worked in public, private, corporate, and academic libraries, will serve as president of SLA in 2020.

Murray was elected by SLA members in an online vote that opened on September 5 and concluded on September 19. She will serve a one-year term as president-elect in 2019, then serve as president and past president in 2020 and 2021, respectively.

Murray is the librarian for Germanic and Slavic languages and literatures at Penn State University and also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Library Administration. Before coming to Penn State, she worked at the American Philatelic Research Library in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania.

Since joining SLA in 1998, Murray 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 in 2013-2015. She was named a Fellow of SLA in 2017 in recognition of her service to the association and the information profession.

In addition to Murray, three other SLA members were elected to board positions that will begin in 2019:

  • Bill Noorlander, BST America (New York): Treasurer
  • Robin Dodge, Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (Los Angeles): Chapter Cabinet Chair-elect
  • Jill Konieczko, Zimmerman Associates (Fairfax, Virginia): Division Cabinet Chair-elect

The new board members will replace the following current members who are rotating off the board at the end of this year: Dee Magnoni (past president), Nick Collison (treasurer), Mary Talley (past chapter cabinet chair), and Tom Nielsen (past division cabinet chair).

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