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Other Map Organization Journals

  • GSIS: Newsletter (posted 6 months after publication)
  • NACIS: Cartographic Perspectives (note: In 2011, this will become a primarily digital, open access journal. Right now all issues are available online except the current issue).
  • CUAC : Cartographic Users Advisory Council
  • ANZMaps: The Australian and New Zealand Map Society Newsletter
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  • Final arrangements are being made for WAML's next meeting, to be held be Oakland on October 13-16 with the Western History Association. Pre-registration has closed, but it's not too late to register. To register and for more information about the meeting see the WAML Meetings page. Some final notes about the meeting:
  • There is a separate sign up and fee for the Stanford tour:

    On Friday October 14th during our upcoming conference, WAML is hosting a field trip to Stanford's new Map Digitization Lab, in Green Library.  The afternoon will include a presentation by Stuart Snydman, Manager of Digital Production, who will speak about the Stanford Libraries' digitization efforts.  This will be followed by tours of the new Map Digitization Lab and a book scanning lab.  We'll transport those who sign up by chartered bus (rescuing you from driving in the Friday afternoon traffic!).  The field trip will be from 2-6, fitting in between the WAML luncheon with speaker Richard White, and the WAML banquet at 7. Cost will be $15, to cover the bus, payable by check made out to WAML. You can hand your check to Yvonne Wilson our treasurer as you hop on the bus.

    If you'd like to take part in the field trip, please email me. Because we can take a limited number of people, it's first come, first served. Please sign up  by next Friday, October 7th.

    If you're not interested in the field trip, there are plenty of interesting WHA programs to attend, described beginning on page 41 of the online program at http://issuu.com/westernhistoryassociation/docs/51st_wha_conference_program

    Looking forward to seeing you in Oakland!

    Cynthia Moriconi
    WAML President, 2011-12

    The Early Bird will be on at 7:30pm on Thursday, October 13th at Pacific Coast Brewing Co. (906 Washington Street). There is no need to RSVP. Tables are reserved on their back patio.

    A note from Ken Rockwell concerning local transit: Various area transit systems (BART, MUNI, etc.) all utilize a convenient card that can take the place of worrying about cash and transfer stubs.  It’s called a “Clipper card,” and at the moment they have a special deal that waives the $5.00 fee for initial purchase if you put $5.00 or more on it.  I have ordered mine already from the website at: https://www.clippercard.com/.

  • WAML member Kathy Rankin is gathering information for a WAML Memorial Webpage to be put here on the WAML site. Please see Kathy's message below. I'm sure Kathy would also like to know of any names not listed here.

    Hello WAMLites,
    Janet Collins had the idea of creating a WAML memorial webpage on the WAML website in memory of the WAML members who have passed away since 1985. Janet is busy writing a book, so I've taken over the project, but I need your help. We will use the memorials that have been published in the IB, pictures from the IB memorials and from meetings, and anything else that people want to write about these people. Here is the list of honorees:

    Ed Thatcher
    Rich Spohn
    Sue Trevitt-Clark
    Maureen Wilson
    Ron Whistance-Smith
    Elizabeth Winroth
    Wendy Romney Hassibe
    Edwin H. Bryan, Jr.
    Beatrice L. Lukens
    Barbara Haner
    Mary Schell
    Roy V. Boswell
  • For Beatrice Lukens I have only a paragraph about her retirement from the IB. Janet Collins and Michael Noga have written about Rich Spohn, Tim Ross has written about Maureen Wilson, Michael Noga has written about Wendy Hassibe, Michael Noga has written about Barbara Haner, we have a GSIS memorial for her, and Elaine Adams from UCLA is also writing about her, and everyone else has had a memorial in the IB. Please send me anything you would like to say about any of these people by October 17, 2011. We'd like to get the page up by the end of the year. You're also welcome to send pictures. The memorial service at the Hawaii meeting will have brief statements about each person, but the web page will have longer memorials. Although the memorial service in Hawaii will not be limited to WAML members, this memorial page will be limited to members.

Other News

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Conferences, Classes & Exhibitions
  • No report this month, but if you are attending the meeting in Oakland don't forget:
  • July 1, 2011 - October 31, 2011 - San Francisco
    Mapping The Pacific Coast, at the San Francisco Maritime Museum, 900 Beach Street, showcases rare, historic maps, books and illustrations of Pacific Coast exploration, dated 1544 through 1802. These historic stories are told through original maps of the time and illustrations – the earliest being woodcuts and the majority being copperplate engravings, many in original hand color. Mapping the Pacific Coast was originally shown at the Sonoma County museum in 2004, and has been on tour around the country ever since. Other venues have included the Mystic Seaport Museum, in Mystic, CT. and the Maritime Museum of San Diego. Following its exhibition in San Francisco, the exhibit will move to its permanent home in Oregon, at the Columbia River Maritime Museum. (via Cartography - Calendar of Exhibitions)

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Cataloging News

    Most of the following set of map-cataloging-related information was pulled from different online lists in recent weeks. Overall, there is not a lot to report on in the cataloging arena.

    LC Program for Cooperative Cataloging – updates on RDA initiatives

    Members of the PCC community,

    The reports of the three RDA-related task groups formed last June are coming in this month. The first of these, from the Task Group on AACR2 & RDA Acceptable Heading Categories, has now been posted and linked from http://www.loc.gov/catdir/pcc/RDA-Acceptable-TG.html.
    There is good news: Less than 5% of the 7.6 million name authority records need to undergo a heading change as part of RDA implementation. Of the 397 thousand NARs needing a change to the 1XX field in order to be used in RDA, 172 thousand can be changed by automated means. Over 95% of the existing authority record 1XX fields can be used in RDA without modification.

    The report takes a holistic approach, and many of its recommended actions are intertwined. For the smoothest migration to RDA, the report recommends that we have a "Day 1" for authorities (the point after which all new additions to the authority file will reflect RDA).

    The PCC Policy Committee endorses the task group's final report in principle, and we now welcome your comments, which may be used to further clarify the process of implementation. Please share your thoughts over PCCLIST (or write to coop@loc.gov) by October 21.

    Members of the PCC community,

    The second of the three reports of the RDA-related task groups formed last June, from the PCC Task Group on Hybrid Bibliographic Records, has now been posted and linked from http://www.loc.gov/catdir/pcc/RDA-Hybrid-bib-TG.html.

    The report offers general guidelines for working with RDA and AACR2 records during the transition period from AACR2 to RDA. The focus of the task group when discussing editing of records was to find ways to improve user access. Editing in a record will generally be done following the rules currently governing the description and will not change the record's bibliographic identity/integrity. The report addresses editing done by individual catalogers and recommends that batch/machine editing of existing records not occur prior to RDA implementation.

    A set of six guides is provided, for PCC work at the network level on RDA and AACR2 records for monographic, serial, and integrating resources. Use of the guides will give us experience on which to base guidelines for the post-implementation period.

    The PCC Policy Committee accepts the task group's report, and we now want to get community comment in order to learn of any needed adjustments to the guides. Please share your thoughts over PCCLIST (or write to coop@loc.gov) by October 21. An implementation date will be announced in the fall.
    [from John Reimer, Chair of the PCC]

    LC Program for Cooperative Cataloging – updates on BSRs and Provider-Neutral Record

    PCC colleagues, October 1, 2011 is the implementation date for two new BSRs and for the revised Provider-Neutral Guidelines.

    In recent months, the Standing Committee on Standards shared drafts for comments by the community and approval by the PCC Policy Committee (PoCo). The final versions of the documents below (based on AACR2 and the MARC Format for Bibliographic Data), appear on the PCC BIBCO home page.

    1. BIBCO Standard Record for Archival Collections --includes MAP
    2. BIBCO Standard Record Supplemental Requirements for Electronic Monographic Resources (Remote & Direct Access)--covers electronic resources for formats other than Leader/06 "m" (computer files). This is to be used in conjunction with the BSR for the particular format for the resources in that format that have digital aspects, e.g., digital maps.
    3. Provider-Neutral E-Monograph MARC Record Guide (revised) for catalogers --implements the use of the 588 field for all online monographs and expands the coverage to other types of materials. See this link for further explanation of the use of 588 Field for Online Monographs.
    4. Provider-Neutral Vendor Guide (to be posted soon)

    Please address questions to Becky Culbertson, rculbertson@ucsd.edu.
    [posted by Carolyn Sturdevant, BIBCO Coordinator]

    Upcoming RDA Toolkit Programs/Workshops

    ALA sent out a notice about two upcoming learning opportunities for the RDA Toolkit, which are:

    Introducing the RDA Toolkit Virtual User Group--Wednesday, October 5, 2011
    RDA Toolkit Essentials--Wednesday, November 16, 2011

    Go to the following for more information and to register:

    and finally…

    I’m not certain when this edition of WAML News & Notes will be posted so I will share that I will be delivering an ALCTS webinar on Cataloging Maps using RDA, Wednesday, September 28th from 11am Pacific, noon Mountain, 1pm Central, and 2pm Eastern time. The presentation will be 45 minutes, followed by a 15-minute Q&A period. If interested in attending, register at: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alcts/confevents/upcoming/webinar/index.cfm

    Forthcoming Program on Form/Genre Headings

    Coming December 9th! The Northern Ohio Technical Services Librarians (NOTSL) will hold its Fall Meeting at Kent State University’s Student Center. The Fall Meeting topic is focused on Form/Genre Headings used in cataloging. Speakers will include: Janis Young, from the Library of Congress Policy and Standards Division, featured speaker; Karen Anderson, Authority Control Librarian from Backstage Library Works; and Paige G. Andrew, Maps Cataloging Librarian, Pennsylvania State University. Janis will present an overview of the Library of Congress’ recent and ongoing changes to form/genre headings, Karen will be speaking about how changes to genre/form headings are impacting authority control vendors, and Paige will share a perspective of one Cataloging Department’s employment of form/genre headings in their work with a focus on cartographic form/genre headings. You can find complete information about NOTSL and its programs at http://notsl.org. Registration information will soon be posted along with a full program description.

Canadian News

    The Canadian federal government’s central library and archival repository,  Library and Archives Canada,  recently mounted several new resources on its website, including a finding guide called “Maps,  Charts and Architectural Plans”, available at: http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/maps-plans/index-e.html

    British Columbia’s government recently became the first provincial government in Canada to provide an open data portal, available at: http://www.data.gov.bc.ca
    Among various geospatial resources available through this portal are these key ones: http://geobc.gov.bc.ca  and  http://webmaps.gov.bc.ca

    Looking for information on indigenous peoples in various countries, including Canada? The University of British Columbia’s Indigenous Foundations site, http://indigenousfoundations.arts.ubc.ca  provides relevant information, including land data and mapping apps for historical research.

    Tim Ross
    University of British Columbia

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New Maps & Web Sites of Interest

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