The American Philatelic Society (APS) and American Philatelic Research Library (APRL) have announced that Tara Murray has been hired as their new Director of Information Services/Librarian effective July 19.
According to an APS/APRL press release, "Murray was selected from among nearly 40 applicants in a national search. She will be responsible for improving access to and use of the Library holdings by members and stamp collectors throughout the world, most of whom use the library remotely. Enhancement of the online union catalogue, development of search aids, digitization of materials, recruitment and management of volunteers, and development of grant proposals will be important to improving access."
The 12,500 square foot American Philatelic Research Library, contains more than 20,000 book titles, more than 5,500 periodical titles, government documents, auction catalogues, philatelic exhibits, and several unique archives.These include coverage of postal services including route maps and time schedules; the production and cancellations of stamps and envelopes; and resources to assist in determining the authenticity of philatelic materials. The Library staff of four serve the public and also publish the quarterly Philatelic Literature Review.
The American Philatelic Research Library is a public nonprofit that relies heavily on donations of materials. Members of the APS and APRL may borrow materials directly through the mail and others may use the Library through InterLibrary loan. Scholars are always welcome to do research on site.