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Scott Tiffney

I first began volunteering part-time at the APRL in February 2011 and enjoyed the people and the work so much that a month or so later I decided to volunteer more full-time, as I do to this day. It has been a genuine pleasure to work with the people not only in the APRL, but also with the many other people who make up the APS here in Bellefonte. While here at the APRL, I have completed cataloging and organizing the Closed Stacks section and am currently cataloging books for the Main Collection. I’ve also begun digitizing and transcribing the E. D. Piper Philatelic Index into database form.

After graduating with a Master of Library and Information Science degree, I have had the opportunity to work in a variety of unique libraries and information environments in both the United States and Canada, from a Lutheran seminary and the National Library in Canada, to Penn State University and the National Park Service here in the United States. While working with the National Park Service, just before coming to the APRL, I spent eight years traveling to national parks all throughout the Northeast from Maine down to North Carolina, and as far west as Indiana, helping individual parks create, organize and manage their natural and cultural resource collections, culminating in having their collections made available to the general public both digitally and online. It was a very rewarding experience and it afforded me the special opportunity of discovering so many of the national and natural treasures that make up our NPS, with Shenandoah National Park and Assateague Island National Seashore being two in a long list of my favorites.

When not traveling due to my previous work, I have lived in and called Bellefonte home for more than fifteen years. In my spare time I enjoy an entire “mosaic of music” as I call it, with jazz and progressive being my favorites. In addition, I enjoy reading, early silent and independent films, discovering new wineries, and spoiling three very ungrateful yet highly amusing felines. I’ve also begun resurrecting a very small philatelic collection with jazz and national parks as the focus. Philately truly is contagious!

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