06/11/2010 (P1667)
Contact: Ken Martin

APS/APRL Hires New Librarian

The American Philatelic Society and American Philatelic Research Library have hired Tara Murray as their new Director of Information Services/Librarian effective July 19. 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.

For the past nine years, Murray has served as Information Core Director for the Pennsylvania State University's Population Research Institute. In this position, she developed and maintained an interdisciplinary library collection and data archive. She supervised a team of library and IT staff to develop online resources and databases, provided consultation on copyright, technology, and scholarly communication issues, and wrote grant proposals.

Her prior employment included serving as Director of a Library in Munhall, Pennsylvania and running a specialized library for an engineering firm in Moon Township, Pennsylvania.Murray has a Masters of Library Information Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor of Arts degree in German Studies from Bard College.

She has served as president of both the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the Special Libraries Association and APLIC, the global network of population information professionals.Murray has also held leadership positions for the Philadelphia Chapter and Social Sciences Division of the Special Libraries Association. She has taught more than a half dozen workshops, made professional presentations around the country, and has had professional articles published.

Murray volunteers with two local nonprofits, Centre Volunteers in Medicine and Pets Come First.She has helped raise funds for Centre Volunteers in Medicine by running in the Boston Marathon.

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.