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  • The presentation, RDA for Cartographic Resources, given by Kathy Rankin and Mary Larsgaard at the Hawaii meeting, is now available on the WAML website.

  • WAML member Rich Soares passed away on January 4, 2013 at the age of 58. There is a photo collage and remembrance by Joe Crotts and Kathy Rankin on the WAML Memorials page. An obituary also appeared in the Chico State student newspaper, The Orion. I don't think I ever met Rich, but it appears he was a great man who will be greatly missed by the library community.

  • Official announcement from Chris Kollen:

    The MAGIRT Map Scanning Registry and the WAML Scanning Projects Clearinghouse have been combined together in one database.  The website has been redesigned and is now available for new entries!  You can find it at http://mapregistry.library.arizona.edu/.  The goals of the registry are to:

       *   Find out what scanning is being planned, in process, or complete
    for a particular geographic area
       *   Head off any duplication of effort
       *   Provide a resource to use for finding a particular digital image
       *   Provide a resource for reviewing the various technical parameters
    used in different projects
    If you have a scanning project that you'd like to add to the Registry, contact Chris Kollen (that's me!) at kollenc@u.library.arizona.edu or 520-305-0495.

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Future WAML Meetings:

Conferences, Classes & Exhibitions
  • March 25, 2013 - August 2013 – Denver
    It’s 1864, and amid the hubbub surrounding the opening of what will later be known as the University of Denver, a trend in mapping has been taking place. At face value, the maps of Denver are simply visual cues for getting from point A to point B. But if you look closely, the cartography is part of a larger, clever marketing campaign. Climate maps show Denver’s dry winds are a godsend for anyone suffering from lung ailments such as tuberculosis. A local booster produces another map praising the Front Range as the most healthful place to live. The resounding theme: “Go West.” “Every map makes a case for something, even if it’s a map of weather patterns,” says history Professor Susan Schulten, one of the masterminds behind the Anderson Academic Commons’ opening mapping exhibit, Maps: From the Local to the Global. The Academic Commons is located in University of Denver, Penrose Library, 2150 East Evans Avenue. With maps that track a wide range of American life - from disease and climate to slavery and the U.S. Census - Schulten demonstrates that the very definition of a map began to expand in the 19th century. Once limited primarily to describing landscapes and aiding in way finding, maps began to be used for more analytic and problem-solving purposes. In other cases, maps served special interests. What J.H. Flett’s 1881 hand-drawn lithograph of Denver lacks in exactitude it makes up for in beauty. In fact, businesses of the day paid the lithographer to draw their buildings in a favorable light for marketing purposes.

  • April 1, 2013 - December 1, 2013 - La Jolla, California
    The Map & Atlas Museum of La Jolla has an exhibition The Cartes of Jacinto 'Jo' Mora. The exhibit will feature 14 cartes--Mora's name (and the French word) for his stunning pictorgraphic maps. In additon to the five maps in the Museums' permanent exhibition, 9 other maps will be on display including the sketch map for the never-comlpleted "Santa Catalina" map and the very rare "butcher paper" version of the Los Angeles map. Other artifacts from this modern-day Renaissance cartographers' work wil be on view as well. The Museum is at 7825 Fay Ave Suite LL-A, and is open Wednesdays & Thursdays; 1st and 3rd Saturdays from 11 AM to 4 PM; also by appointment (toll free) 855-653-6277. Admission is free.

  • May 11, 2013 – San Francisco The California Map Society will hold its Summer Meeting at the J. Paul Leonard Library on the campus of San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Avenue. The speakers for this all-day symposium include Julie Sweetkind-Singer, and G. Salim Mohammed from Stanford University (How Maps Are Used In Teaching And Research At Stanford And Elsewhere); Wesley Brown from the Rocky Mountain Map Society ( How The 1859 Gold Rush Put Colorado On The Map And Influenced Colorado Maps Of Today); Dorothy Raphaely, Map Colorist (The Coloring Of Antique Maps - Practice, Methods, Advantages And Controversy); Max Kirkeberg, Ph.D, Professor Emeritus, San Francisco State University (The Changing Face Of San Francisco); and, George Clyde (The Mysteries Of The Missing Map). Program will also include tours of the library’s Debillis Collection and the renowned collections at the Sutro Library. For more information and registration contact Fred DeJarlais, President, California Map Society.

  • If in Chicago early for ALA Annual: June 20-21, 2013, Chicago The Newberry Library, 60 West Walton Street, is sponsoring a symposium: Pictures from an Expedition: Aesthetics of 19th-century Cartographic Exploration in the Americas. The symposium organizers seek historians, art historians, geographers, and scholars of visual culture. The symposium will consider the aesthetics and visual culture of 19th-century cartographic exploration in the Americas. The nineteenth century represented a high point in mapping expeditions at the hemispheric level. These ostensibly scientific expeditions, which charted territories often in support of nation building projects, produced vast amounts of visual and artistic materials. This symposium will focus on this visual material addressing such questions as: What kinds of 19th-century visual practices and technologies of seeing do these materials engage? How does scientific knowledge get translated into the visual and disseminated to the public? Can looking at mapping hemispherically challenge a distinction between North American and South/Central/Latin American methodologies or practices of exploration? We are interested in all forms of visual representation, including maps, sketches, drawings, landscape paintings, photography, lithography, etc. The symposium is generously funded in part by a grant from the Terra Foundation for American Art. No registration fee is required to attend the conference. However, seating is limited. Persons wishing to attend the symposium must do so in advance by email only. Please send your, name affiliation, and contact information to: Jim Akerman, Director of the Smith. Your reservation will be confirmed by return email. Registrations will be accommodated on a first-come, first-serve basis. Additional information from Ernesto Capello, History, Macalester College; or Julia Rosenbaum, Art History, Bard College.

  • September 8-10, 2013 – Fairbanks The University of Alaska Fairbanks, Department of Northern Studies, and the Elmer E. Rasmuson Library will host the International Map Collectors' Society 31st international symposium: Frozen Dreams and Delusions: 400 years of Arctic Cartography. Conference will be held at River's Edge Resort, 4200 Boat Street. There will be an opening reception at 6:00 pm on September 8, and lectures start the next morning. The closing dinner will be held at Pump House Restaurant 6:30 pm on September 10. As usual there will be a wide variety of optional trips and excursions on offer. Additional information and registration details can be found on the website.

  • November 4-8, 2013 – Berkeley, California Julie Sweetkind-Singer will present a course History of Cartography/Maps at the California Rare Book School. This course is designed to provide a general overview of the history of maps in the western world as well as their use in modern day teaching and research. Topics will include the production and use of maps; the rise of the map trade in Europe and America; the role of maps as cultural and social objects; the wide variety and type of maps produced (nautical charts, city views and plans, topographic, land ownership, globes, celestial charts, etc.); the map trade; conservation issues; and the role of museums and libraries as stewards of the content.
  • (announcements via Cartography Calendars)

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Cataloging News

    No report this time from Paige, but see the February issue of base line for a wrap up of cataloging news from ALA Midwinter in Seattle as well as the rest of the conference.


Canadian News

    No report this time from Tim. CARTO 2013 will be held at the University of Alberta from June 11-14.


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