Benchmarks: People &
Jon Jablonski, currently at the University of
Oregon, has been named the Head of The Map and Imagery
Laboratory at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and will
begin April 1st. Congratulations, Jon.
New Maps of the WAML Region
Publications about Mapping
- Please note new link below to the Journal of
Map & Geography Libraries.
- To mark the 20th anniversary of Cartographica
Helvetica, the leading German-speaking journal on the history of
cartography, the journal is now available online. The journal has been
scanned and converted into searchable full text.
Other Map Organization
- The next WAML meeting will be held in Eugene,
Oregon, on March 17-20, hosted by Jon Jablonski. Please see the WAML
Spring Meeting 2010 site for updated info, including a daily schedule,
accommodations, and field trip details.
- Due to the inability to find a meeting host,
the Executive Board has decided there will be no meeting in fall 2010.
The next meeting will be in Vancouver in spring 2011. If you are
considering hosting a future meeting, such as fall 2011, please contact
- This may have been reported previously, but it
bears repeating that ALA MAGERT’s Map, GIS and Cataloging/Metadata
Librarian Core Competencies is available online [PDF file].
- The David Rumsey Map Collection website has
been recently redesigned.
- Current 50k topographic map data for New
Zealand can now be accessed online.
- 2010 cartographic calendar available until
It seems some us in the map community were taken by surprise, but the
USGS is no longer distributing maps through the Federal Depository
Library Program via the GPO. See messages below posted to Maps-L
regarding this and a new digital initiative from the USGS.
from the U.S.G.S.
- USGS has announced a new series of digital
topographic maps, called US TOPO that will be produced on a 3-year
cycle for the entire conterminous United States. For more
information, see the press release at:
- The USGS also released a new National Map
viewer for viewing and access to the data layers and US Topo products
produced by the USGS.
- You can see the National Map viewer
- USGS has also published a new publication,
Circular 1341, History of the Topographic Branch (Division). The
publication is available for download at:
- The new US Topo product will be available as a
digital product only.
Any printed product will be purchased and produced in a print-on demand
fashion. The USGS Geography Program is not printing any copies of US
Topos for distribution of any kind.
- If GPO wanted to purchase printed copies for
Depository Distribution, I'm sure that USGS would assist them
in that effort but USGS is not printing these maps at all otherwise.
The Depository Program relies on riding existing print orders for the
production of copies for FDLP distribution and the USGS is not
producing printed products for these maps by default.
National Library Coordinator
U.S. Geological Survey (MS 159)
12201 Sunrise Valley Drive,
Reston, VA 20192
- It’s come to my attention recently that there
have been some questions regarding the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
printing topographic maps. Please note that there has been no
change in the reprint policy of USGS. The USGS will continue
to reprint topographic maps into the foreseeable future.
- With that said, the digital age has had its
impact on the USGS as it has had on many other map publishers. On a
continual basis, we are looking at the balance between the analog and
digital worlds recognizing the heritage we have in one and the future
we all have in the other. While there is the reprinted paper, or
analog, topographic map, a recent digital-base product announced by the
USGS is the US Topo. While designed to look, feel, and perform like the
traditional paper topographic map, the US Topo is a digital product.
For additional information about this new and exciting product please
- With the reprinted paper topographic maps and
the digital US Topo, we continue to work towards maintaining a balance
between these two formats. If you have other questions regarding
reprints, feel free to email me Mike McDermott at email@example.com.
- Mike McDermott, PMP
- Acting Chief, Science Information &
Education Office (SIEO) and National Coordinator, Natural Science
Network Geospatial Information Office (GIO) U.S. Geological Survey
(USGS) National Center MS 159
- 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive
- Reston, VA 20192
- Tel 703-648-5771
- Fax 703-648-6821
- Rm 2C-120
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
our contacts as USGS, the USGS and Forest Service had a cooperative
agreement and that agreement has now lapsed. For
that reason, USGS is not issuing the 24K maps, and they haven't
distributed any since May 2008. So we have distributed all
that have been issued to date. Talks are underway between
USGS and Forest Service. USGS can print existing maps on
demand, but that would be considered a revision and USGS would have to
distribute those maps, and would have to bear the cost of the
distribution. The 7.5 maps are produced by BLM. We will
contact USGS and see if this situation applies to BLM maps as well. Our
Acquisitions specialists are making contact with Forest Service as well
to see if we can determine if the 7.5 will be printed in the future; if
talks with USGS show that the BLM maps are affected also we will be
If you can
find BLM maps online that we have not cataloged, please contact us via
AskGPO and we will catalog the electronic versions immediately. We are
currently cataloging all the electronic maps that we find.
Technical Information Services
States Government Printing Office
Capitol St, NW
202.512.2010 ext 30245
Future WAML Meetings:
- Eugene, Oregon, March 17-20, 2010
- Vancouver, British Columbia, May 17-20, 2011
(joint meeting with ACMLA)
- Hawaii 2012
Meetings Web Page
- COM.Geo 2010 is the
1st International Conference and Exhibition on Computing for Geospatial
Research and Application, to be held in Washington, D.C. from June
Society for the History of Discoveries’ 51st
annual meeting will be September 12-14, 2010 in Santa Fe, New
Mexico. Paper proposals are due by April 16th. See above link for
Library Fellowships in the Humanities, 2010-2011
The Newberry's fellowships
support humanities research in our collections. Our
collections are wide-ranging, rich, and sometimes a little
eccentric. If you study the humanities, chances are good we
have something for you. We promise you remarkable
collections; a lively interdisciplinary community of researchers;
individual consultations on your research with staff curators,
librarians, and scholars; and an array of scholarly and public programs.
fellowships support research and writing by scholars with a
doctorate. Fellowship terms range from six to eleven months
with stipends of up to $50,400. Deadline: January 11, 2010.
candidates and post-doctoral scholars are eligible for short-term
travel-to-collections fellowships. These are usually awarded
for a period of one month. Most are restricted to scholars who live and
work outside the Chicago area. Stipends are $1600 per month.
We invite short-term fellowship applications from teams of two or three
scholars who plan to collaborate intensively on a single, substantive
project. The stipend is $1600 per fellow per month.
Teams should submit a single application, including cover sheets and
CVs from each member.
March 1, 2010.
information or to download application materials, visit our website at:
Third International Symposium of the ICA (International Cartographic
Association) Commission on the History of Cartography will take place
at the University of Texas in Arlington, USA, from 10-13 October 2010.
The Symposium will be held in conjunction with the 7th Biennial
Virginia Garrett Lectures on the History of Cartography (Friday, 8
October 2010); the Fall Meeting of the Texas Map Society (Saturday, 9
a Special Map Exhibition in the gallery of Special Collections of the
University of Texas at Arlington, and technical and social excursions.
theme of all three conferences is "Charting the Cartography of
Chartered Companies", and abstracts should be submitted by 14 March
ICA Commission encourages paper submissions targeting the main theme,
the conference organizers would also welcome submissions on any other
cartographical activity of either a topographical or thematic nature
undertaken since the mid-18th century. Further information
can be found on the Commission's website at www.icahistcarto.org
Chair: ICA Commission on the History of Cartography
Description and Access will be published in June 2010. While
we regret this delay in release of RDA, the transition from publication
of AACR2 as a printed manual to release of RDA as a web based toolkit
is a complex process with many interdependencies.
The updated text of RDA incorporates recommendations from
constituencies and other stakeholders approved at the JSC meeting
earlier this year. The revised text has been successfully
loaded into the RDA database. The product is currently
undergoing thorough quality review and testing in preparation for
We recognize that customers and prospective users of RDA need reliable
and timely information for planning and budgeting. We are
confident that this revised deadline is a realistic target for
publication of RDA.
Pricing and purchasing information will be introduced at the time of
the ALA Midwinter Meeting, 15-18 January 2010.
Mary Ghikas, Chair Committee of Principals
Alan Danskin, Chair Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA
Don Chatham, Chair Co-publishers
- From the Library of Congress:
On June 10,
2009 the Policy and Standards Division (PSD) of the Library of Congress
requested input from the library community about its proposal to change
the structure of LCSH subdivisions for many cartographic materials
(http://www.loc.gov/catdir/cpso/cartographic.pdf). In brief, the paper
suggested simplifying form subdivisions used for cartographic materials
by removing the adjective (e.g. -Maps, Comparative would be revised to
-Maps). The new genre/form headings would then do the “heavy lifting”
of identifying a particular genre or form of material. After
reviewing all of the comments it received, PSD has decided to implement
its proposal to simplify the subdivisions.
The full text of the decision, which includes PSD’s responses to
several concerns raised by the correspondents, is available on LC’s web
site at http://www.loc.gov/catdir/cpso/cartographic2.pdf.
Janis L. Young
Policy and Standards Division
Library of Congress
- No report this month. Though Tim
assures me it’s still cold up there.
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Maps & Web Sites of Interest
exciting new website, Natural Earth, “is a public domain map dataset
available at 1:10m, 1:50m, and 1:110m scales. Featuring tightly
integrated vector and raster data, with Natural Earth you can make a
variety of visually pleasing, well-crafted maps with cartography or GIS
- d-maps: A very useful free site which
contains over 6,500 outline maps of countries and regions, in various
versions (blank, with rivers, with towns, with administrative units
etc.), each one in 6 graphic formats, vector and raster (GIF, PDF, CDR,
SVG, AI, WMF).
- This online merchant has many map
related items for sale, including map magnets which someone gave me a
California set for Christmas (purchased at our campus bookstore, but
they look exactly the same).