Stamp Bill Books pamphlet digitized

Stamp Bill BooksYou may have heard about the new book scanner purchased by the APRL, thanks to the generosity of the members of the Mighty Buck Club. Here’s an example of what the scanner can do.

We had to do a little rearranging in the library to make room for the new scanner. We moved our microfilm reader to a different spot in the library, and in doing so, a joint publication of the APRL and the National Archives and Records Administration came to my attention.

I had been looking for a small digitization project to show off our new scanner, and this publication seemed to fit our needs perfectly.

First, it is a publication of the APRL, and one of our top priorities for digitization is preserving and making available the history of the APS and APRL.

Second, it is a finding aid, which can be used by researchers to learn more about resources in our collections (in this case, the Stamp Bill Books which were microfilmed with funding from the APRL). If you don’t know about the Stamp Bill Books, read the pamphlet to learn more about this valuable resource!

Third, as a publication of the U.S. government, it is in the public domain and free from copyright restrictions.

Fourth, it is short (6 pages), not requiring extensive staff time or large amounts of storage space – perfect for a test. One of our APRL volunteers took a few minutes’ break from another project and scanned it for us.

To view the document, go to our Online Catalogue and search for “Stamp Bill Books” in the title field. You should see two records: one for the microfilm, and one for the book describing the microfilm. Click to view the full display for the book, and you will find a link to the digitized book. The PDF file is fully searchable, thanks to text recognition software built into our new scanner.

Watch for more from our new scanner – and remember that if you want to see what our new scanner can do for you, you can request scans of articles and book sections from the APRL.

Enhanced scanning services at the APRL

The American Philatelic Research Library has expanded its scanning services thanks to the members of the Mighty Buck Club.

APRL book scanner
Mighty "Dollar" Bill and APS staff and volunteers demonstrate the new book scanner

Through the generosity of the many members who contributed to the Mighty Buck Club, we have been able to purchase a BookScan Station for use in the APRL. The BookScan Station is a self-service large format book scanner. It features a beveled edge to scan pages without damaging the spine of the book, and can scan pages up to 11″ by 17″ in black and white, grayscale, or color. It can scan to a variety of formats, including JPG and PDF, and has text recognition software to create searchable PDF documents.

Visitors to the APRL can scan to a USB drive or send scanned images to an email address directly from the scanner. The touchscreen makes operating the scanner easy, as demonstrated in this YouTube video.

APRL book scanner
Scanning a large format document

Staff will also use the scanner to fill requests for scans. (See our library services page for information about ordering scans.) The new scanner will produce better images than our old equipment, and will reduce wear and tear on our books thanks to the beveled edge design. Scans can be delivered faster than photocopies, and scanning is also greener than photocopying (no paper!) so I am especially pleased to introduce this new scanner on Earth Day.

The APRL will also use this new scanner for digitization projects, and other departments at the American Philatelic Center can use it when they need a large format scanner.

Stop in the library or contact us to start taking advantage of the new scanner today!

New arrivals at the APRL, April 2011

Ackerman, G. Adolph. Warriors of the sky: Imperial Russian air units, World War I, aeronautics, aviation and air schools: a one frame exhibit [exhibit] ([S.l.]: G. Adolph Ackerman, [2011]): [18] leaves: col. ill.; 28 cm. [Call No. EXHIBIT Ackerman, G. Adolph]

Stephen Yen’s regional collectionsAdams, Lytle S. [Scrapbook of first air mail pick up from ship] ([S.l.]: [s.n.], 1929): 1 looseleaf notebook; 30 cm. [Call No. 20B P1 S5]

Addison Elementary Schools. Project Owney (Addison, NY: Addison Elementary Schools, [2005]): 1 scrapbook ([20] leaves): col. ill.; 31 cm. [Call No. G3701 .R152]

Adrion, Charles. Alabama precancels: catalog & guidebook [electronic resource] (Rochester NY: Charles Adrion, 2009): 1 computer optical disk: col. ill.; 4 3/4 in. [Call No. CD-ROM Adrion, Charles]

Angel, Hans-Willi. Abarten-Katalog, Bund und Berlin 1980 ([Berlin]: Hans-Willi Angel, [1980]): 186 p.: ill.; 21 cm. [Call No. G6081 .E72 A582a 1980]

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Philatelic Literature Review first quarter 2011 features

Philatelic Literature Review 1st quarter 2011The online edition of the Philatelic Literature Review 1st quarter 2011 issue is now available to subscribers. If you are a PLR subscriber and we have your email address, you should have received an email with instructions for accessing the online edition.

Highlighted in the 1st quarter PLR is the article “Obscure Philatelic Journal Holds the Key to Postal History Puzzle” — the final issue of Our Philatelia, one of the archival collections in the American Philatelic Research Library, provides the key to understanding a puzzling bit of postal history. This issue also includes “Treasurers from the Library” and “What’s on Your Bookshelf,” in addition to regular feature columns, book reviews, and buying opportunities through the Philatelic Literature Clearinghouse.

Celebrating library volunteers

Scott Tiffney volunteers in the APRL
Scott Tiffney volunteers in the APRL

It is the middle of National Volunteer Week as I write this, and the APRL is bustling with volunteer activity. Our volunteers are a diverse group, including those from the APS membership, local community members, and current and future librarians. Some work at the APRL in Bellefonte and others volunteer from home. One thing they all have in common is that they help the APRL accomplish things we could not do without them.

Current projects include: completing a project to shelve all of the APRL books by subject; measuring the collection to plan where to shift books so we have room to grow; sorting and shelving new journals; and creating an inventory of the APS archives.

If you are interested in volunteering at the APRL, we have a variety of opportunities to suit your schedule and interests. Contact me for details.

We also invite American Philatelic Society members to come to Bellefonte for the second annual Volunteer Work Week, July 25-29, 2011. You’ll have the opportunity to work with members and staff on projects for the APS or APRL, as well as see the American Philatelic Center and use the library and other APS service departments.

Most philatelic libraries benefit from volunteer work, and some are even staffed entirely by volunteers. To all the volunteers out there, thank you for the time and talent you give to support libraries!

Free preservation webinars

Do you have questions about caring for your philatelic library and documents? The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, a division of the American Library Association, is offering two free webinars during Preservation Week (April 24-30).

The webinars are open to anyone with an interest in the topics: Accidents Happen: Protecting & Saving Family Treasures and Preserving Your Personal Digital Memories.

See the American Libraries website for more information and registration.

Juvenile books available at the APRL

The following books belong to the APS Education Department and are now available for use in the APRL. Because the books do not belong to the APRL, we can’t loan them out, but many of these books are available in public libraries and bookstores. We hope that this list gives you some reading ideas for the young philatelists in your life. The titles range from picture books to young adult books.

Pen PalsAdler, David A. A picture book of Lewis and Clark (New York: Holiday House, c2003): [36] p.: col. ill., col. maps; 26 x 21 cm. [Call No. HE6184 .J97 A237p 2003]

Banks, Kate. Max’s words (New York: Frances Foster Books: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006): 1 v. unpaged: col. ill.; 26 x 26 cm. [Call No. HE6184 .J97 B218m 2006]

Bedford, Annie North. Walt Disney’s Mickey mouse flies the Christmas mail (New York: Golden Books, Random House Childrens Books, 2007, c1956): 1 v. (unpaged): col. ill.; 20 cm. [Call No. HE6184 .J97 B412w 2007]

Berger, Melvin & Berger, Gilda. Where does the mail go?: a book about the postal system. (Nashville, Tenn.: Ideals Children’s Books, c1994): 48 p.: col. ill.; 22 cm. [Call No. HE6371 .J97 B496w 1994]

Bourgeois, Paulette & LaFave, Kim. Postal workers (Toronton, Ont.; Niagara Falls, NY: Kids Can Press, 1999, c1992): 1 v. (unpaged): col. ill.; 23 x 24 cm. [Call No. HE6184 .J97 B772p 1999]

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New books at the APRL, March 2011

Wild Cats in ArtAlaskan Collectors Club. The Alaskan philatelist: comprehensive indexes, volume 1 to volume 45 1959-2009 (Anchorage, AK: Alaska Collectors Club99508, 2011): 1 v. (unpaged); 28 cm. [Call No. Shelved with the journal]

Archer, Jeffrey. A prisoner of birth (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2008): 501 p.; 25 cm. [Call No. HE6184 .L776 A671p 2008]

Argentina. Codigos postal y telegrafico dictados durante la administracion del Dr. C. Carles premiados en la Exposicion postal y filatelica Universal de Milan 1894 adoptados por el Congreso de la Republica del Paraguay (Buenos Aires: Compania Sud-Americana de Billetes de Banco, 1895): 3 v. in 1 (1444 p.): forms, tables, mounted stamps; 21 cm. [Call No. RARE BOOKS HE6812 .A5 1895]

Balagian, Greg. Wild cats in art (Carterville, IL: American Topical Association, 2011): 2 v. (357 p.): col. ill.; 28 cm. [Call No. HE6183 .A1 A512a no.161]

Baldus, Wolfgang. The classic postage stamps of Bokhara (Munich, Germany: Wolfgang Baldus, 2011): 92 p.: col. ill.; 21 cm.

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Do you recognize these albums?

Can you help the APRL identify this album?

The American Philatelic Research Library is more than just books. We collect many things, including journals, newsletters, microfilm, photographs, research files, and even philatelic music and plates. We do not, as a general rule, collect stamps.

We do, however, have a small collection of stamp albums, some of which contain stamps. We keep the albums for historical purposes, as a record of the development of the hobby. Like most of our special collections, these albums don’t circulate, but they are available for use in the library and staff can scan or copy pages from them.

The albums are arranged geographically and then by publisher. Most are easily identifiable, but a few do not have the name of the company that produced them anywhere on the album. Rather than just file them all under “unknown,” I thought I’d ask readers of the PL&R blog if you recognize any of these albums.

We’ve scanned the covers and representative pages from each and uploaded them to the photo-sharing site Flickr, where you can view all the images. If you recognize one, please let us know by leaving a comment on Flickr.

 

The Graceful Envelope

The Graceful Envelope
The graceful envelope: A public program and exhibition presented at the National Postal Museum, Smithsonian Institution (from the APRL collection)

A fellow librarian recently told me about the Washington Calligraphers Guild. This is not a philatelic group, but there is some overlap because of calligraphers’ interest in letter writing.

The group is based in the Washington, DC area, there is much of general interest on its website. It also has a library, and you can browse the holdings online.

It holds an annual contest called The Graceful Envelope. The contest promotes calligraphy and also celebrates “the role of letters in binding people together and serves as a reminder that the people who deliver the mail are career government employees who take pride in their work and care about the communities they serve.” The contest began in 1995 and was originally sponsored by the National Postal Museum. Today the National Association of Letter Carriers partners with the Washington Calligraphers Guild to co-sponsor the contest.

This year’s theme is “Time Flies” and the deadline to postmark an entry is April 30, 2011.