Barbara Murphy is a member of the Ann Arbor District Library board, an elected position. She currently (2014) is the board's vice president. Murphy was elected to her third term on the board in 2010, but she is not seeking re-election when that current term expires at the end of 2014.
Murphy also serves on the board of the Old West Side Association, and is the board's vice president. She served on the 1990 Old West Side historic district study committee that produced a report with recommendations to revise the city's historic district ordinance. She also served on the Allen Creek Greenway task force, which produced a final report in 2007 with recommendations to shape and protect the greenway.
Murphy is retired from the University of Michigan. She was assistant to the Dean of the College of Literature Science and the Arts, responsible for business operations, staff personnel, and administrative IT. Prior to that she held a similar position in the UM School of Natural Resources as well as several EEO/AA positions, including as Director of Equal Opportunity at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan.