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Benchmarks: People & Jobs

  • Changes at Stanford University’s Branner Library:

    Julie Sweetkind-Singer has been promoted to be the Assistant Director of Geospatial, Cartographic & Scientific Data and Services at Stanford’s Branner Library. Julie will oversee the GIS and cartographic collections and services there. A new Rare Map Curator and Map Technical Specialist will be hired to staff a new facility that will be developed in Green Library to provide physical and online access to maps and geospatial data. The Rare Map Curator will report to Julie. A new Science Data Librarian position will manage the branch. Julie's new position and the reorganization will be effective April 1, 2010.


New Maps of the WAML Region


Publications about Mapping

  • The Digital Mapping Techniques 2008 (DMT'08) workshop proceedings are now online. At this meeting, oral and poster presentations and special discussion sessions emphasized (1) methods for creating and publishing map products (here, "publishing" includes Web-based release); (2) field data capture software and techniques, including the use of LiDAR; (3) digital cartographic techniques; (4) migration of digital maps into ArcGIS Geodatabase format; (5) analytical GIS techniques; and (6) continued development of the National Geologic Map Database.
  • The Journal of Map & Geography Libraries is pleased to announce the winner of the 2009 Best Paper Award: Guilliaume Delisle's Carte du Duche de Bourgogne: the Role of Central and Peripheral Authorities in the Construction of a Provincial Territory in France in the Early 18th Century, by Marco Petrella, University of Bologna, Italy. The winning article appears in Volume 5, Issue 1, 2009 of the Journal, and is available for viewing, free of charge, for the next 90 days. To view the winning paper, please visit: http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~db=all~content=a907643443

    Article Abstract
    During the last years of Louis XIV's reign, cartographic production in France experienced a moment of change involving both technical and symbolic levels. The development and diffusion of the work carried out by the Acadeacutemie des Sciences, together with the increasing role of the provincial power toward the promotion of cartographic activities, lead to a favorable period for scientific innovation in the provincial context. The analysis of Guillaume Delisle's Carte du Ducheacute de Bourgogne and the study of its preparatory work, allows one to outline a process of cartographic elaboration characterized by a fundamental role of the provincial elites. The acquisition of new skills will turn out to be important during the mapmaking of Burgundy in Cassini de Thury's Carte de France.


Other Map Organization Journals

  • GSIS: Newsletter (posted 6 months after publication)
  • CUAC : Cartographic Users Advisory Council
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  • The next WAML meeting will be held in Eugene, Oregon, on March 17-20. The registration deadline has passed. Please see the WAML Spring Meeting 2010 site for updated info, including a daily schedule, confirmed speakers, and field trip details. The meeting will also provide an opportunity to view the recovered, stolen Brubaker maps, with hopes of reuniting as many as possible with their libraries. If you cannot attend the meeting but would like more information about the maps, please contact Jon Jablonski

Other News

Future WAML Meetings:

  • Eugene, Oregon, March 17-20, 2010
  • No Meeting, Fall 2010
  • Vancouver, British Columbia, May 17-20, 2011 (joint meeting with ACMLA)
  • Hawaii 2012
  • WAML Meetings Web Page

Conferences and Classes

Cataloging News

  • Report by Paige Andrew. The hope here is Paige will be the “Cataloging News Bureau Chief” for the foreseeable future, or until he gets tired of my pestering emails.

    • Bibliographic Standard Record (BSR) for Cartographic Materials

      A small group of catalogers from the MAGERT Cataloging and Classification Committee, lead by Chair Susan Moore, recently completed a draft of a new Bibliographic Standard Record standard for Cartographic Materials upon invitation from the Library of Congress' Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC). The task for Susan Moore (Univ. of Northern Iowa), Paige Andrew (Penn State Univ.), Louise Ratliffe (UCLA), Beth Cox (Southern Illinois Univ.), and Jimmie Lundgren (Univ. of Florida) is twofold; this first standard covers hardcopy forms of cartographic materials and a second push will be for a new standard to cover digital forms of these materials. The new BSR's replace two older standards, one deemed "Core Level" (Paige Andrew chaired the committee who created this standard more than a dozen years ago) and one "Full Level", thus simplifying the work of map and other catalogers belonging to the PCC's Monographic Bibliographic Record Program (BIBCO). It is anticipated that at least the BSR for non-digital cartographic materials will be in place and ready to use by late June when the American Library Association holds its Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

    • Resource Description and Access (RDA) Standard Update

      As of the ALA Midwinter Meeting the word continues to be that "...the Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA (JSC) is working towards a new standard: RDA: Resource Description and Access, scheduled for release in June 2010" as cited on the Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA webpage: http://www.rda-jsc.org/rda.html. However, the timeline of events related to the testing of the new RDA online toolkit, found at http://www.rdaonline.org/index.html will push back release of this needed tool to the public to implement changing from the current AACR2R rules to RDA until very late 2010 at the earliest.

    • OCLC's "Expert Community" Experiment Outcomes

      OCLC conducted a live experiment for six months in 2009 to test the feasibility of introducing a new quality cataloging (QC) initiative called the "Expert Cataloging Community." A summary of the highlights of the test phase, as reported in MAGERT's base line newsletter for Feb. 2010 is below -- OCLC decided to make this a permanent QC program in September 2009.

      Expert Community

      Experiment phase began February 15, 2009 and ended August 15, 2009.
      • All functionality remains in place.
      • Total of 1,690 institutions participated, with 368 institutions having activity during each of the six months.
      • A total of 108,766 records were replaced.
      • More functionality changes under consideration:
              o Beginning discussions with PCC about the possibility of allowing changes to PCC records.
              o Continuing discussions about the possibilities for expanding capabilities of Enhance authorizations.

      More Expert Community information can be found at: http://www.oclc.org/us/en/worldcat/catalog/quality/expert/default.htm

    • Forthcoming Map Cataloging Workshops

      ALA/ALCTS Preconference, "Cataloging & Description of Cartographic Resources: From Parchment to Pixels, Paper to Digital" will be held on Friday, June 24th (all day, basic map cataloging) and Friday, June 25th (morning only, digital materials) at the American Library Association's Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. Paige Andrew and Susan Moore will co-teach the basic map cataloging component, Mary Lynette Larsgaard will teach the digital component. For more information on this workshop see: http://news.ala.org/ala/conferencesevents/upcoming/annual/programs/Special%20Events_Preconferences2010.pdf and scroll down to page 40 on the right.
      A Preconference basic map cataloging workshop will be conducted on June 15, 2010 as part of the schedule of events for the upcoming ACMLA/CAPDU joint annual conference in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. ACMLA is the Association of Canadian Map Libraries and Archives and CAPDU is the Canadian Association of Public Data Users. Paige Andrew will be teaching the workshop. As of this writing no registration or other public information is available, but there should soon be information found on the ACMLA website at: http://www.acmla.org (see also: Canadian news below).

    • Nancy B. Olson (Honors) Award Announced

      Ms. Julie Renee Moore has been announced as the 2010 Nancy B. Olson Award recipient by the OnLine Audiovisual Catalogers (OLAC) national association. Julie Moore, catalog librarian at the Henry Madden Library, California State University, Fresno, who catalogs maps as well as other formats, is being honored as "a librarian who has made significant contributions to the advancement and understanding of audiovisual cataloging" and will receive her award at the 2010 OLAC Membership meeting to be held during the ALA Annual Conference this year in Washington, D.C.
      A list of NBO Honors Award previous recipients can be found at: http://www.olacinc.org/drupal/?q=node/405 and include WAML members Mary Lynette Larsgaard and Paige Andrew.

    Paige Andrew, Pennsylvania State University

Canadian News

  • ACMLA’S 2010 annual conference will be held jointly with CAPDU, the Canadian Association of Public Data Users, at the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario, June 15 – 18, 2010. The official program and local arrangements have not yet been announced, but a map cataloguing workshop will definitely precede the conference. Information will be posted soon at http://www.acmla.org  and http://www.capdu.ca.
    ACMLA recently conducted a Members’ Satisfaction Survey to determine future needs and activities for the Association. It is expected the results of the survey will be reviewed at the annual business meeting during the 2010 conference. ACMLA’s highly successful mentoring program for new map and GIS librarians is also expected to be discussed.
  • Natural Resources Canada has announced that it will produce 1600 new topographic maps of Canada’s northern regions over the next two years, in addition to its recent distribution of over 100 new and revised paper topo maps and datasets. This Canadian Government department has also enabled online access to over 400,000 digital air photos held by the National Air Photo Library. For access, visit http://airphotos.nrcan.gc.ca/photos_e.php

Tim Ross, University of British Columbia


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New Maps & Web Sites of Interest
  • The New York Public Library recently announced its new web site which features a map rectifier, “a tool for digitally aligning ("rectifying") historical maps from the NYPL's collections to match today's precise maps.”
  • The Weather Underground, the popular weather-tracking site, just launched fullscreenweather.com. The new site gives you a full screen Google Maps display and overlays it with current weather reports from the over 16,000 personal weather stations that report data to the service. The map can also display a precipitation layer or cloud layer and you can see local forecasts and severe weather alerts. Check out how beautiful it probably is in San Diego.
  • The California Map Society website, www.californiamapsociety.org, has been revised and improved by our webmaster, Pat Boyce, in conjunction with web designer Matthew Goldman. We invite you to take a look. The Union Catalog containing many items from the Huntington Library's printed map collection remains in place. We hope new graphics and photos will enhance the site for interested parties.
    Bill Warren
  • The Landmark 1979 California Water Atlas is now online at the David Rumsey Map Collection, for free use and download. 
  • The 2010 Census is almost here. Here’s an interactive map of Census 2000 participation rates.

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