APRL Librarian Tara Murray Honored

Tara Murray, librarian for the American Philatelic Research Library in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, will be recognized as a Fellow by an international libraries organization.

The Special Libraries Association will honor Murray and 11 other longstanding and emerging leaders in June at the SLA 2017 Annual Conference in Phoenix, Arizona.

Murray is one of five individuals who will be named as Fellows at the convention’s second general session on June 19. The SLA Fellowship recognizes mid-career information professionals for their past, present, and future service to SLA and the profession.

Murray joined 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. Murray oversees operations of the APRL, the world’s largest philatelic library, including leading staff and volunteers, managing the library’s collection and the APS and APRL archives, and responding to a steady stream of requests from society members and the public. She also helps other philatelic libraries share resources and information through the Philatelic Library Forum and the online David Straight Memorial Philatelic Union Catalogue. Murray works with the APS Editorial Department to produce the quarterly Philatelic Literature Review and participates in events such as Summer Seminar and the Postal History Symposium co-sponsored by the APRL, APS, and Smithsonian National Postal Museum.

The Special Libraries Association, a nonprofit international organization for innovative information professionals and their strategic partners. SLA serves information professionals in more than 60 countries and in a wide range of working environments, including business, academia, and government agencies. For more information about the honors and SLA, visit sla.org.

Nominations open for Crawford Medal

The Royal Philatelic Society London invites nominations for the Crawford Medal, awarded to the most valuable and original contribution to philately published in the form of a book.  Nominations are invited of books published in 2015 or 2016 and the award is open to both members and non-members of the Society.

To nominate a publication, submit brief details either by email to secretary@rpsl.org.uk or mail to 41 Devonshire Place, London W1G 6JY, UK, marking the envelope “Crawford Nomination”.  The deadline for nominations is February 1, 2017.  If the book is not in the Society’s library then the nominator may be requested to supply a copy for the committee to consider.


Larry Nix inducted into Wisconsin Library Hall of Fame

Larry NixLarry Nix, an APRL Trustee from 2007–2013, a former Philatelic Literature Review columnist, and a contributor to this blog, was inducted into the Wisconsin Library Hall of Fame on October 27.

Larry is well-known in the philatelic world, both for his contributions to the APRL and for his collection of “postal librariana,” which is showcased on his Library History Buff website and in several award-winning exhibits. Larry even did a single-frame exhibit on the APRL.

He is perhaps even better known in the library world. From 1983 until his retirement, he served as director of Wisconsin’s Public Library Development Team. He has also been active in the American Library Association and is respected internationally for his knowledge of library history.

Congratulations, Larry!

Crawford Medal nominations sought

Crawford MedalEvery year the Royal Philatelic Society London considers recent publications with a view to awarding one of them the prestigious Crawford Medal for the most valuable and original contribution to philately published in the form of a book. The Crawford Medal award is open to both members and non-members of the Society.

The Society invites nominations of books that were published in 2013 or 2104 to be considered. Send brief details by email to secretary@rpsl.org.uk or by letter to The Royal Philatelic Society London, 41 Devonshire Place, London W1G 6JY by 10 February 2015.

If a nominated book is not already held in the RPSL Library, the Society may request the nominator to supply a copy for the Committee to consider and would appreciate it if this book were donated to the Library.