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WAML was organized in 1967 to encourage high standards in every phase of the organization and administration of map libraries by:
  • Providing a forum to discuss mutual concerns and interests;
  • Exchanging information on experiences, ideas and methods;
  • Encouraging higher production standards of map manufacturers;
  • Establishing and improving standards of professional service in this field.
Meetings and Programs

WAML meetings are open to all interested individuals. Meetings are currently held once a year at different sites within the following western states and provinces: Alaska, Alberta, Arizona, British Columbia, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

See the Meetings page, which includes a list of future meetings, for conference information. Meetings include lectures, panel discussions, field trips, vendor displays, forums for exchanging information and duplicate materials, and social time with friends and colleagues.


WAML Members have access to all sections of the Information Bulletin as part of their membership.

The Information Bulletin (IB),(ISSN 2375-7957), is WAML's open access publication.
It is issued three times a year and includes feature articles, photo essays, association business and selected news and notes related to all forms of cartographic information, including maps, geospatial data, GIS, and all aspects of map librarianship.
Some portions of the IB website are available to WAML members only.
See the Publications page for more information.

News & Notes is a bimonthly web-based newsletter that includes time-sensitive items such as cataloging news, information about new mapping products, employment opportunities, and mapping agency news. News & Notes issues are archived on the WAML website.

In addition to these two publications, WAML also publishes Occasional Papers, reference books that contain information about maps that would otherwise not be available. A complete list of Occasional Papers with prices and ordering information is available on the Publications web site.

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Any person who appreciates or works with maps and cartographic information in print or digital formats is invited to join the Western Association of Map Libraries.

Member Dues: $45 US per year, July 1 - June 30. Access members only sections of the Information Bulletin .

Lifetime Member Dues: $500 US one-time payment. Access members only sections of the Information Bulletin .

Note: Memberships begin July 1.
To join WAML please pay by either:
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the WAML Membership Form and send it with a check (payable to WAML) to:

Greg Armento
University Library
California State University, Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90840-1901

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