National Library Week: Meet the library staff

APRL staff
The APRL staff. From left to right: Krystal Harter, library assistant; Deb Placky, library assistant; Betsy Gamble, technical services coordinator; Tara Murray, director of information services/librarian; Scott Tiffney, reference assistant.

This is the fifth in a series of daily posts about how the American Philatelic Research Library serves the philatelic community as we celebrate National Library Week.

The APRL makes as much material as possible available online so researchers can identify and request research material any time. This includes our online catalog and article index, digital publications, the Philatelic Literature Review, subject guides and finding aids, and this blog. Our staff works hard behind the scenes to make all of this possible, but we are also available to assist you personally in finding the information you seek.

We receive phone calls, emails, and letters daily from members looking for anything from a page in a catalog to a literature search. While we do not have the time to do extensive research for you, we are always happy to look something up in a book or journal, to help you search the catalog, to give advice on the best way to proceed, and to copy or scan indexes, tables of contents, and other references that may assist you in requesting material from the library.

Whether you are just curious about something in your collection or embarking on a serious research project, we welcome the challenge of answering your questions.

You can reach us at, 814-933-3803 (select option 3 for the library), or APRL, 100 Match Factory Place, Bellefonte, PA 16823.