Murphy and Hart win United for Libraries/SAGE Academic Friend Conference Grants

For Immediate Release
Mon, 05/11/2015


Jillian Kalonick

Marketing/Public Relations Specialist

United for Libraries

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania -- United for Libraries has awarded the 2015 United for Libraries/SAGE Academic Friend Conference Grants to Heather Murphy, associate director of advancement for publications and public affairs for the library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Molly Hart, student engagement assistant at the Columbia College Library in Chicago.

Murphy and Hart will each receive $850 plus full conference registration to attend the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco. A formal presentation to the grant winners will be made at the conference.

Murphy holds a bachelor's degree in advertising from Illinois and has more than 18 years of marketing and communications experience within corporate, nonprofit and higher education institutions. Murphy has been with the Office of Advancement at the University Library for more than six years. She is responsible for providing the overall vision and direction of communications and marketing activities to strengthen the library’s advancement efforts.

“I am very excited about receiving this Academic Friend Conference Grant allowing me to attend,” Murphy said. “Excited...and honored. I consider it a privilege to represent the University of Illinois Library there and expect to put what I learn at the ALA Annual Conference into immediate practice. I'm thankful to United for Libraries and SAGE for this opportunity.”

Hart works in student engagement at the Columbia College Library. Having received her BA in women’s studies from Mills College, she focuses on student advocacy, cultivating a creative environment and expanding Columbia’s Friends of the Library program.

“I’m honored to attend the ALA Annual Conference for the first time and learn about the new and exciting ways libraries across the country are making ‘Friends!’” Hart said.

The United for Libraries/SAGE Academic Friend Conference Grant enables a person who is active in his or her college or university Friends of the Library group, or a college/university library staff member who works in development, to attend the ALA Annual Conference for the first time. The Conference Grant, made possible by a gift from SAGE, is administered by United for Libraries. For more information about the United for Libraries/SAGE Academic Friend Conference Grants, visit

Founded 50 years ago by Sara Miller McCune to support the dissemination of usable knowledge and educate a global community, SAGE publishes more than 800 journals and over 800 new books each year, spanning a wide range of subject areas. A growing selection of library products includes archives, data, case studies, conference highlights and video. SAGE remains majority owned by our founder and after her lifetime will become owned by a charitable trust that secures the company’s continued independence. Principal offices are located in Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore, Washington, D.C., and Boston.

United for Libraries: The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations, is a division of the American Library Association that supports those who govern, promote, advocate, and fundraise for libraries. United for Libraries brings together library trustees, advocates, friends, and foundations into a partnership that creates a powerful force for libraries in the 21st century. For more information or to join United for Libraries, visit the United for Libraries website or contact Jillian Kalonick at (312) 280-2161 or