National Library Week: Libraries = Digital Communities – “APRL Digital”

In the age of Twitter, Instagram and other social media alternatives the ongoing resource and service goal of the American Philatelic Research Library is to expand the reach of the library to those who may not or cannot visit in person us here. The digital world of disseminating information for research, in this case philatelic research, has advanced such that a good number of the resources we know and use each day appear in digital form. To this end, the APRL  in October 2017 began its Digital Resources Imitative to make available to our members some of the more common resources used in their research.

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National Library Week: Libraries = Communities for Sharing

One of the most important goals for any library including the American Philatelic Research Library is that of sharing our resources with our community of library users, in this case philatelic researchers. We do this first by making our resources accessible to those users through borrowing, photocopying, scanning and providing research. In conjunction with this type of resource sharing we also have a responsibility to share what we don’t need or require for our collection with the philatelic community.

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National Library Week: Libraries = Tips from Our Community

Now that you’ve been introduced to the staff here at the American Philatelic Research Library, we thought as part of National Library Week we would next ask some of the staff to share what tips they could pass along to assist patrons and researchers to the APRL with our services and resources. In working with the resources every day and assisting patrons with their research, our staff have discovered some useful “tips of the trade” they would like to share with our philatelic “community.”

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National Library Week: Libraries = Strong Communities of Staff

On this second full day of National Library Week, here at the American Philatelic Research Library (APRL) we now move our focus to the dedicated and resourceful people who make up our “community” as the staff of the APRL, those who serve the research and resource needs of our members and the global philatelic community. The APRL is staffed by three full-time personnel and two employees who split time in the library.

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Book Restoration Fund and a Matching Challenge

Returned Catalog in Need of Repair

As mentioned in previous issues of the Philatelic Literature Review and this library blog, we are very fortunate here at the American Philatelic Research Library to have regular volunteers that assist us with the repair and restoration of our books and other materials. As is the case with any well-used research collection, materials that are used in the library or are sent through the mail to be borrowed by our members often sustain some wear and tear that in turn can lead to the natural deterioration of those materials.

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New Resources at the APRL, November 2018

Bodin, Richard. Swedish armed forces’ & military volunteers’ postal history in wars and abroad: a display at the Royal Philatelic Society London (London, UK: Richard Bodin, 2015). [IP69958]

Collectors’ Club of Akron, Ohio. Collectors’ Club of Akron, Ohio CCoA, 1935-2018, meeting 1,000:  September 18, 2018, Papa Joe’s Restaurant (Akron, Ohio:  Collectors’ Club of Akron, Ohio, 2018).  [G4084 .A3 C69c 2018]

Confederate Stamp Alliance. [Confederate Stamp Alliance archives] ([various places]:  Confederate Stamp Alliance [R9 P4 S2-4 CS2]

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New Resources at the APRL, October 2018

Banana, Anna; Gómez, Edward M.;  Jacques, Michelle; Marzolf, Helen; Saper, Craig; Thurmann-Jajes, Anne. Anna Banana: 45 years of fooling around with A. Banana (Vancouver ; Berkeley:  Figure 1 ; Art Gallery of Greater Victoria,  [2018]). [IP69933]

Bordoni, Beniamino. Erinnofili gallaratesi: estratto dalla Rassegna gallaratese di storia e d’arte n. 136/2017-2018 ([Gallarate]: Prodigi edizioni ; Società Gallaratese per gli Studi Patri ; Ebbi Pubblicità, 2018). [IP69936]

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Resource of the Month – Tiffany’s “The Philatelical Library”

During the course of our event here at the American Philatelic Research Library (APRL) celebrating the 50th anniversary of the library’s incorporation in 1968, I was reintroduced to a historic yet no less significant resource which I first came across in my earliest days here at the APRL as a Reference Assistant. In learning all about the APRL and philatelic libraries and their collections  in those first moments in my new position back then, I decided to perform a simple search of the online Philatelic Union Catalog using such general terms as “library”, “resources” and “research” supplemented by the terms “philately” and “philatelic.” One of the resources that my search retrieved struck me immediately as one that I should pursue further, particularly given its author.

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Meeting Authors a Highlight at APRL 50th Event

While celebrating 50 years of research and resources of the American Philatelic Research Library another highlight of the Golden Anniversary Celebration event will be the opportunity to meet and discuss the latest publications  written by two authors that will conduct signing sessions of their new works during the day on Saturday November 3.

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Authors’ Talks Contribute to the APRL 50th Event

One of the special events that will take place as part of the upcoming Golden Anniversary Celebration is a series of authors’ talks scheduled throughout the day on Saturday November 3. The idea beyond the talks is to highlight the American Philatelic Research Library (APRL) as the home of philatelic research and knowledge sharing. Topics for the talks were chosen by each of the invited speakers under the general theme of “the role libraries, like the APRL, play in philatelic research.”

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