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.
- Lifetime Member Dues: $500 US one-time payment.
Note: Memberships begin July 1.
ways join WAML:
Please pay by either
the WAML Membership Form
and send it with a check (payable to WAML) to:
P.O. Box 50078
Long Beach, CA 90815-6078
Apply now for the 2020 WAML Diversity and Early Career Librarian Scholarships!
WAML is committed to actively encouraging diverse voices and new perspectives in the field of map and geospatial librarianship and within our organization.
We are excited to announce three scholarship opportunities in conjunction with the 2020 WAML virtual conference October 14-17, 2020
which is free for all to attend.
Each scholarship includes an award of $500, a one-year membership in WAML, and the opportunity to present at the virtual conference. The award also includes free conference registration for the next in-person WAML Annual Meeting.
The application deadline is Friday, September 11, 11:59 PM (PDT)
. Scholarship applicants will be notified of the results by the end of September 2020.
Applicants do not need to be current WAML members or have registered for the 2020 conference in order to apply for a scholarship.
Preference is given to applicants who are new or transitioning to the profession of map and GIS librarianship or are from under-represented racial, social, and/or class groups.
To apply for the scholarship please complete the application form
which asks for basic information, as well as:
Identify an impactful map or mapping project and develop a response to your selection that addresses the questions below.
In your response, we encourage you to think about how maps can be critically applied to social justice in our society. The map or mapping project you choose can be one you created, or one created by someone else.
- How has your selection affected you personally and/or society as a whole?
- How do the cartographic or technical details of your selection influence the story it conveys?
- What other qualities of your selection make it impactful?
We invite a variety of formats and encourage creativity in your response! You are free to craft your submission in whatever format you feel best represents your response.
This may include (but is not limited to) an essay, video essay, podcast, story map, digital exhibit, web page, or any other medium that will help you argue the impact of your selection.
Post-award obligations for scholarship recipients:
- Attend the WAML Annual Meeting during the year they receive the award
- Recipients are encouraged to briefly present at the meeting (the Scholarship Committee will work with the winners to formulate a topic).
- Write a brief article for the WAML Information Bulletin about their experience attending the WAML conference or on some other map or GIS related topic.
(The IB is the open-access publication of WAML with the goal of, "encouraging high standards in every phase of organization and administration of map and geospatial data libraries.")
- Serve on WAML scholarship committee for one year following award
The overarching goal of the WAML Scholarship program is to advance WAML's efforts toward being a more inclusive organization and to support the professional development of library-workers from diverse backgrounds. There are two primary objectives:
1. Provide an opportunity for library-workers from under-represented racial, social, and/or class groups who are interested in map and geospatial librarianship to learn more about the profession, meet colleagues, and add new skills and knowledge.
2. Introduce new or transitioning librarians to the world of map librarianship and the emerging career of GIS (Geographical Information Systems) librarianship.
As an organization we believe that it is critical for our profession to reflect on and engage with the cultural and structural biases that are inherent to map and geospatial librarianship, and thus are actively recruiting people who may contribute new perspectives and experiences. The WAML conference provides a great opportunity for students or new/transitioning librarians to learn, network, and develop themselves and the profession of Map and GIS librarianship.
Anyone may apply to the WAML Scholarship, but preference is given to applicants residing in North America who identify with one or both of the following categories:
- Diversity: Librarians and library-workers from under-represented racial, social, and/or class groups who are interested in map and geospatial librarianship.
- Early Career: Early-career librarians, MLIS students (currently enrolled or recently graduated), and library workers new to map and geospatial librarianship.
It is not necessary to already be working in a map, geospatial, or GIS library field. Applicants do not need to be current WAML members or have registered for the 2020 conference in order to apply for either scholarship.
Phil White (Scholarship Committee chair) at email@example.com
or (303) 735-8278 with questions about the scholarships or application process.
MAGIRT ALA Round Table: Map, GIS and cataloging/metadata librarian core competencies
Accidental Map Librarian: Maps and map collection management: The Basics
are currently held once a year and include lectures, panel discussions, field trips, vendor displays, forums for exchanging information and duplicate materials, and social time with friends and colleagues.
WAML meetings are open to all interested individuals and held at different sites within the following western states and provinces: Alaska, Alberta, Arizona, British Columbia, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Texas, Washington and Wyoming.
See the Meetings
page for conference information.
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
, currently suspended, was a bimonthly web-based newsletter that included 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
Last Modified: August2020
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