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Why Should I Support the Library?

Harry A. Sprague Library is at the heart of the University experience, and the University’s growth brings tremendous opportunities. Sprague provides diverse print and electronic resources to support students, staff, faculty, visiting scholars, community members and alumni.

Keeping pace with the University’s stature as a R2: Doctoral University – High Research Activity, requires expansion of our library services and collections to support master’s and doctoral program research.

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Your support will help the library enhance its services.

  • Expanding our collections to meet the needs of new majors, programs and schools.
  • Acquiring electronic resources for better remote learning and online teaching.
  • Providing and promoting affordable course materials.
  • Acquiring new technology for creative digital scholarship.
  • Advancing community-driven archives to share marginalized voices and experiences.
  • Providing a diversity fellowship for recent Library Sciences graduates.
  • Creating a student success program for first-generation students to make a successful transition to college.
  • Renovating spaces for study and collaboration.

We are committed to providing the best support system for student success and making scholarship more inclusive, accessible and affordable. A gift to the library, which serves students and faculty from all departments, colleges, and disciplines, has the broadest possible impact. Thank you for believing in the role of the library in ensuring that Montclair graduates will have the information skills to be adept lifelong learners and engaged citizens.

For more information, please contact:

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Danianne Mizzy

Dean, Library Services, Library Administration


Harry A. Sprague Library Board of Advocates

Brett Bonfield, Executive Director, NJ Library Association

Brett Bonfield is the Executive Director for the New Jersey Library Association (NJLA). He has worked in libraries since 2006, including 11 years as the director of two public libraries in New Jersey. Most recently, Brett served as the Chief Operating Officer at the Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library. Brett has held leadership positions in nonprofits and library organizations including NJLA, the American Library Association, Public Library Association, Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati, OhioNet, New Jersey Council for the Humanities, Ohio Justice & Policy Center, and Health Care Access Now. Brett received his MS in Library and Information Science from Drexel University.

Rose Cali, '80

Rose L. Cali obtained a B.A. in Anthropology from Montclair State University. She is a member of the Board of Trustees and the Montclair State University Foundation.

Anthony M. Carlino, Esq. '77

Anthony M. Carlino, Esq. obtained a B.S. degree in political science from Montclair State College in 1977. He went on to the Seton Hall University School of Law and received his Juris Doctor degree in 1980. After a judicial clerkship in the Superior Court of New Jersey he became an Assistant Bergen County Prosecutor and went on to the private practice of law. After forty-three years as a trial lawyer he retired on April 1, 2023.

Tony is a past president of the Bergen County Bar Association, a past member of the New Jersey State Bar Association Board of Trustees, a past chairman of the State Bar Association’s Judicial and Prosecutorial Appointments Committee and has served on several New Jersey Supreme Court Committees including its Committee on Character and Fitness. He has been a member of the Montclair State University Foundation Board of Trustees and currently serves as its Vice-Chair. He also serves on the Foundation’s Investment Committee and Nominating Committee.

Tony continues to serve as an original member of the Red Hawk Open committee, which raises funds for the university’s athletic department. He is a member of the University’s President’s Club and 1908 Loyalty Society and he has been a long-time supporter of the Sprague Library. He continues to serve the university because, in his words, “Montclair State gave me the opportunity to succeed and I want to return the favor.”

Tony resides in Wyckoff with his wife Siobhan and they are very proud parents of two adult daughters.

Barbara Lieberman

Barbara Lieberman received an MLS from Rutgers University. She worked as a reference librarian at the Morris County Library. She and her husband Rob, who serves on the executive board of Montclair State University raised their family in Pine Brook, NJ. They now divide their time between Montclair and Delray Beach, Florida. Her favorite activities are reading, golfing, traveling and spending time with her grandchildren.

Colette Murphy-Cole, '75

Colette Murphy Cole, MS, RD, received her BA in Home Economics-Food and Nutrition, Magna Cum Laude, in 1975 from Montclair State and her MS in Home Economics-Dietetics/Human Nutrition in 1978 from Rutgers University. She has been a Registered Dietitian since 1978 and has worked as an in-patient dietitian at Memorial General Hospital, Union and St. Elizabeth Hospital, Elizabeth; as a Public Health Nutritionist at the Visiting Nurse and Health Services, Elizabeth and as the Clinic and Health Centers Dietitian at Trinitas Regional Medical Center
(formerly Elizabeth General Medical Center) until her retirement in 2019.

Ms. Cole was a Clinical Assistant Professor/Preceptor for the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey from 1988- 2014 and then a Dietetic Internship Preceptor for Rutgers University Dietetic Internship Program. She received the 2016 Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Outstanding Preceptor Award NDEP Area Seven. She has held elected (President 2003-2004) and volunteer positions on the Board of the New Jersey Dietetic Association (now the New Jersey Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) and received their Carolyn Sebasianelli Distinguished Member Award in 2000.

Ms. Cole has been a regular donor to Montclair State’s Sprague Library. She resides in Cranford.

Janet Torsney, Director of Montclair Public Library

Currently, director of the Montclair Public Library, Janet Torsney directed three other New Jersey public libraries. Prior to becoming a librarian, she had a career in public affairs with leading nonprofits and UN agencies.