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  • WAML 2013

    Latest update (10/23/13):
  • The 2013 WAML meeting is just a week away! The Planning Committee hopes you're all as excited as we are for the speakers, GIS unconference, Future of WAML discussion, and other activities at the conference.

    The meeting will get started with the Early Bird dinner in the Fireside Room at Jackelope's Bar & Grill at Tenaya Lodge from 6:30-8:30pm. You can find a full schedule and more details on the WAML meeting site: waml.org/WAML2013Meeting.html

    For those of you who have registered for the field trip, Yosemite National Park is open! The field trip to the park will take place as scheduled with a 9am departure from Tenaya Lodge to the park.

    The weather at Tenaya Lodge looks like it will be in the high 60s with lows in the high 30s, so bringing a variety of layers will ensure you stay warm when you need to and cool when you don't. If you plan on exploring Yosemite by foot, sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots are a great idea.

    If you haven't yet sent a check for your registration, you can pay with a check at registration at the conference.

    If you're still planning how you'll get to Tenaya Lodge, there's the transportation spreadsheet: http://goo.gl/PeKqKY and links to transportation options from the meeting site: http://www.waml.org/WAML2013Meeting.html#trans

    Finally, please bring old magazines you don't mind having cut up for our future of WAML session. SkyMall and in-flight magazines will work well! You can drop off these magazines at the Early Bird dinner or registration on Thursday morning.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Katie Lage katie.Lage@colorado.edu or John Ridener jridener@gmail.com.



  • Previous announcements:

  • The Western Association of Map Libraries conference in Yosemite is coming up soon! http://www.waml.org/WAML2013Meeting.html. If you’re on the fence about attending, here’s some information and pictures from Sunset Magazine to entice you: http://bit.ly/18sz5Dr. Hope to see you there!
    I wanted to remind folks of a couple of deadlines:
    · The field trip currently has 18 participants. [As of 9/19.] The bus can fit 29 people, so register now and reserve your spot if you know you want to go!
    · Tenaya Lodge will release our block of rooms at the end of September. Any reservations received after the cut-off date will be accepted at the group rate on a space available basis only.
    · Some of you may have seen a note about a “resort fee” of $15/night in your confirmation email from Tenaya Lodge. This is something they are planning on charging beginning in 2014 and does not apply to our October reservations. Our rate is $149/night plus tax. The tax is about 11%, they said, so that comes to $165.39/night. I’d double-check the total charge on your confirmation email just to be sure; mine added up correctly, so hopefully they all will.
    The meeting will be held at Tenaya Lodge in Fish Camp, CA from October 30 - November 2, 2013. We have an exciting schedule of speakers, continuing education, a GIS unconference, and a Saturday field trip into the park.
    We’re hoping for a big turnout for this unique and exciting conference in a beautiful setting. Tell your friends—it should be a great meeting!
    For questions, please contact John Ridener jridener@gmail.com or Katie Lage Katie.Lage@colorado.edu.

    Katie Lage
    WAML President 2013-2014

    What to bring:
    If you're planning on attending the upcoming WAML meeting at Tenaya Lodge, you may be thinking about what to bring with you. Here's a partial list of items you will find useful both at the meeting and while in and around Yosemite:

    1. Laptop computer and an account to edit openstreetmap.org
    The mapping activity on Friday, November 1 will include time to edit OpenStreetMap live, during the session. If there are 4-5 volunteers who are willing to bring their laptop and register for OSM before the meeting, we can start mapping quickly after coming in from gathering data to map around Tenaya Lodge. Please email me if you're interested in doing this: jridener@gmail.com

    2. Magazines you'd likely recycle otherwise
    We're hoping to find some inspiring images to help us think creatively during the future of WAML discussion on Friday, November 1. If you have old magazines you don't mind being cut up and used for the session, please bring them to the Early Bird dinner or to the first session you attend at the meeting and hand them off to me. We will recycle any magazines leftover after the meeting.

    3. Warm clothes and sturdy shoes
    The weather in the Sierra in autumn can be chilly. The average low temperatures are in the low 30s (low 1s for our Canadian attendees), so definitely sweater weather! Cell phone reception is best outside, in the parking lot, so if you plan on using your phone frequently, you'll be sure to stay warm by dressing in layers. Bringing clothing for rain and/or snow will ensure we have great weather during the meeting.

    We'll all have a chance to get outside and explore Yosemite National Park and the area around Tenaya Lodge, so sturdy walking shoes would also be a great idea. If you're going on the field trip, there will definitely be opportunities to explore outside.

    John Ridener
    WAML Past President 2013-2014

    A note on the field trip from Kathy Stroud:

    I wanted to remind all of you that signed up for the field trip to bring plenty of layers, a hat, gloves, and good walking shoes.  Glacier Point is over ‘7,000 in elevation so be prepared for freezing temperatures/cold winds. Even in the summer you can want a jacket to cut the breezes. We’ll be stopped at Mariposa Grove (not as chilly as Glacier point) for about half an hour to tour sequoias. People who want to see the Grizzly Giant at Mariposa can take a brisk walk to see this mighty icon.  Since this is the beginning of the trip, you’ll want good walking shoes that keep your feet warm and dry.


    10 day forecast for Fish Camp. Highs in upper 60's/low 70's, lows in the mid 30's with no precipitation.

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Conferences, Classes & Exhibitions
  • 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.

  • August 17, 2013 - January 6, 2014 - San Marino, California
    A first-of-its-kind exhibition documenting the life of the Franciscan missionary who founded California’s mission system and the missions’ impact on California Indians and culture is at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road. The exhibition, Junípero Serra and the Legacies of the California Missions, is unprecedented in its examination of the spiritual and intellectual influences on Junípero Serra’s life that led to his founding of the mission system in California; the transition for thousands of Indians from village to mission life and their responses to it; romantic notions of California born amid myrid myths of mission life; and responses of contemporary Indians, in art and recorded interviews, to the experience. The exhibition features religious art, diaries and Bibles, letters, maps and reliquaries that provide the context for Serra’s early years as a Franciscan priest, his deployment to Mexico as missionary and agent of the Spanish Inquisition, and the work that occupied his final years: establishing the first nine of 21 Spanish missions in Alta California.

  • (via Cartography - Calendar of Meetings and Events)

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