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Staff Profile

Tara Murray — Director of Information Services/Librarian

I came to the American Philatelic Research Library in July 2010, after spending nine years as an information services director for the Population Research Institute at nearby Penn State University. Prior to that, I was the library director for the Carnegie Library of Homestead, in Munhall, Pennsylvania, one of the first libraries built by Andrew Carnegie.

Together with the APRL staff and volunteers, I manage the library’s collection and the APS and APRL archives, and respond to a steady stream of requests from members and the public. I help other philatelic libraries share resources and information through the Philatelic Library Forum and the Philatelic Union Catalogue. I also work with the APS Editorial Department to produce the quarterly Philatelic Literature Review and participate in events such as Summer Seminar and the annual Postal History Symposium co-sponsored by the APRL, APS, and Smithsonian National Postal Museum. I particularly enjoy meeting all of the philatelists who use the Library’s resources here in Bellefonte and by phone or e-mail from all over the world, and I am excited to play a role in the Library’s next big steps into the virtual world of digital libraries and into a new physical space in the Match Factory complex.

I first became interested in a career in libraries as an undergraduate at Bard College in Annandale, New York, and continued my education at the University of Pittsburgh, where I received a master’s in library and information science. I’m active in the Special Libraries Association (SLA) (Cabinet Chair, 2014; Secretary, 2015) and Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA) and serve on the editorial board of the Journal of Library Administration.

I live in State College with my rescued pit bull and love to explore the outdoors. I’m active in the local running community, racing distances from the mile to ultramarathons, writing a monthly running column for the Centre Daily Times, serving on the board of the Nittany Valley Running Club, and helping to organize the Marathoners for Medicine fundraising team for Centre Volunteers in Medicine.

I was not a stamp collector when I started working at the APRL, but have developed an interest in runners on stamps, particularly stamps meant to depict something other than sports (such as the 90-cent air Hagatña Bay airmail stamp, which happens to show a runner on the beach).

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