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Staff Profile

Betsy Gamble — APRL Technical Services Coordinator

I joined the staff of the American Philatelic Research Library (APRL) as a part-time serial clerk in 2004. I had previously worked as a librarian and cataloger at the Centre County public library, Cornell University, and SUNY Geneseo, but was looking for part-time work while I looked after my young son and my disabled parents.

Although I’m not a philatelist, or even a stamp collector, I went into library work because I'm curious about a wide variety of subjects and always like learning about something new. I enjoy working with the many stamp collectors who have the same intellectual curiosity in a wide variety of topics connected to the collecting of stamps.

Gradually, I’ve taken on management of the auction and price list collections, as well as putting to use the cataloging expertise gained in previous jobs, and I now work at APRL full-time. I’m excited about new technological advances being developed in the library and look forward to providing better access to our collections through technology, organization, and cataloging.

Outside of the APRL, I continue to care for my son (who is now a teenager), one Jack Russell terrier, two snakes, and one lizard. I spend part of my evenings as secretary at the State College Friends Meeting (Quakers). I also have been a fiddler for more than thirty years, and have played for square and contra dancing in old-time New England, Celtic and Klezmer styles. Recently, I’ve been taking lessons on the Highland bagpipes, so visitors may hear frightening noises emanating from the Library’s storage annex after work hours.

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