The American Philatelic Society is announcing a leadership change at the American Philatelic Research Library effective April 1, 2024.
Longtime Librarian and Director of Information Services at the American Philatelic Research Library, Scott Tiffney, will depart the staff effective March 31, 2024. Replacing Tiffney will be Marian Mills, currently the Library Technical Services Manager.
“For years, Scott has been the face, heart, and soul of the library. Under his leadership, we’ve experienced a transformation from solely brick and mortar to a worldwide philatelic resource,” said Scott English, Executive Director of the APS. “He’s embodied the members’ first mission of the APS and APRL, and he will be missed.”
Tiffney started at the APRL as a volunteer in 2010 and joined the library staff full-time in October 2012 as the Library Research Assistant. He became the Librarian and Director of Information Services in January 2018. Since taking over the position, Tiffney has led the growth of the Robert A. Mason Digital Library, which now hosts more than 8,700 journal issues and is growing.
“My time at the APRL has been some of the most rewarding in my professional career. With the support of the APRL Board and the hard work of the library staff and volunteers, we were able to make changes for the better that will benefit the library and the APS for now and into the future.”
Mills joined the APRL in December 2017, replacing Tiffney as Library Research Assistant. She received a B.S. in Library Sciences from Clarion University in 2012 and a Masters in Library and Information Sciences from Simmons University in 2017. In February 2020, the APS promoted Mills to Library Technical Services Manager, where she took over day-to-day management of the Mason Digital Library, the David Straight Memorial Philatelic Union Catalog, the APS/APRL archives, and donations of philatelic literature.
“I am honored to continue the work of the staff, Scott Tiffney, and my predecessors in making the library more accessible to our membership and researchers from around the world. In my previous positions in the library, I have been fortunate to have worked with some wonderful people: library staff, the membership, board members, and other philatelic librarians,” added Mills. “I look forward to renewing those relationships and creating new relationships as I move into this new role in the library.”
Mills is currently on maternity leave after she and her husband, Aaron Myers, welcomed their first son, Ellis, in November. She will return on March 1, 2024, to transition to her new position in April.