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Retirements at UC Berkeley
John A. Creaser retired from the University of California, Berkeley's Earth Sciences and Map Library on August 31, 2004. Over a span of 28 years, he moved from geologic map cataloger (under Bea Lukens and Janet Rudd), to earth sciences map specialist, and eventually became map and GIS specialist for the merged Map Room and Earth Sciences Library collections. He may be best known for setting up and managing the library's award-winning website containing, among other things, hundreds of online topographic and other maps. Fatemah Van Buren continues as acting head of the Earth Sciences and Map Library. It is not expected that John's position will be replaced in the near future.
Walter A. Brem, Latin American Curator in Berkeley's Bancroft Library retired in August of this year. In the 1970s he was a student employee in Berkeley's Map Room, and after a stint at Arizona State University became the Bancroft Library's Latin American specialist. In recent years that included selecting that Library's early Mexican, Central American and colonial Latin American maps.
Historic USGS California Topographic Maps Online
John Creaser at the Earth Sciences and Map Library, University of California, Berkeley has put at least one edition of each of their 30- and 60- minute topographic quadrangle maps online. Clicking on a color index map brings up the images. These join a large number of earlier quads for the San Francisco Bay and Monterey Bay areas that are also online at: http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/EART/CA/CA_125k/. While these are quite legible, higher resolution scans are available in the Library. Phil Hoehn, Map Librarian, email@example.com.
UCSB Libraries, Stanford to Archive Endangered Digital Information
The Library of Congress has partnered with eight institutions including the University of California, Santa Barbara to begin a $15 million effort to build a nationwide digital collection and preservation system. Under the terms of the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program, each of the eight institutions and their partners will take the lead in preserving digital information in a specific area. Areas range from historic documentation to the arts. The goal of the project is to ensure that such archival material will forever be available to students, historians and researchers.
UCSBs project is to form a multi-partner repository for digital geographic information such as maps, aerial and space photographs, population figures and other data. This information will be housed in a decentralized set of archives to be called the National Geospatial Federated Digital Repository that will be cooperatively organized and run by UCSBs University Libraries and Stanford University. The Library of Congress has agreed to give about $2.6 million over three years to this phase of the project. The funds are to be matched by UCSB and Stanford in either funds or services.
When it is complete, the National Geospatial Federated Digital Repository will link together many of the country’s stored geographical data archives. The repository will include anything that is geospatially referenced, including maps, aerial photographs, population data and less obvious things, such as information on particular cities or regions.
Details of the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program, including other lead institutions and their partners, are available on line at http://www.digitalpreservation.gov. Contributed by Mary Lynette Larsgaard, firstname.lastname@example.org
David Woodward Dies
David A. Woodward, map historian, co-founder of the History of Cartography series and Arthur H. Robinson Professor Emeritus of Geography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, passed away August 25, 2004. He held degrees from the University of Wales, Swansea, and the University of Wisconsin. During his career, Dr. Woodward worked at the Herman Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography at the Newberry Library in Chicago and as a professor of Geography at the University of Wisconsin. David made it clear that he wanted the History of Cartography to be completed. All our energies are devoted to that goal. Contributed by Jude Leimer, Managing Editor, History of Cartography Project.
Map Curators Toolbox
The Map Curators' Group of the British Cartographic Society is pleased to announce the development of the Map Curators' Toolbox on the internet at http://www.cartography.org.uk/Pages/Groups/Curators/Toolbox/index.html.
The Map Curators' Toolbox is sponsored by the BCS and was mounted on the web by Frank Blakeway. The Toolbox was inspired by the Western Association of Map Libraries' very helpful Map Librarian's Toolbox (http://www.waml.org/maptools.html).
The UK version has a British accent, and is by no means complete, so we're looking forward to many more contributions of useful information, either as files or as links, that map curators want to share with their colleagues. There's a simple link to the webmaster at the bottom of each page. Contributed by April Carlucci, British Library Map Collections, April.Carlucci@bl.uk.
East View Cartographic Appoints Library Sales Representative
East View Cartographic is pleased to announce the appointment of Kimberly Esser to its Sales and Customer Service team. Kim has worked at East View Cartographic in various roles for the last fifteen months and she is very familiar with our indexes and existing collections. In her new position, Kim’s primary responsibility will be to provide sales service and support to academic and public library customers.
Kim holds BA and MA degrees and possesses a strong geography and cartography background. In addition, she has over 11 years of GIS experience with both public and private organizations. Kim’s strong geographical knowledge lends itself well to assisting customers with the purchase of paper maps and atlases as well as assisting customers with the purchase of digital services and products. Kim can be contacted regarding any current needs at: Kimberly Esser, Academic & Public Library Sales Representative, East View Cartographic, email@example.com, 1-Phone: 763-253-0686, 1-800-477-1005, Fax: 1-763-559-2931. Contributed by Andrey Shumakov, East View Cartographic.
Library & Archives Canada to Merge
A bill to merge the Canadian National Archives and National Library was passed by the Canadian Parliament in February 2004 and the Canadian Senate in March 2004. The bill established a new institution, now called the Library and Archives Canada, which is a merger of the former National Library of Canada and National Archives of Canada. It is still unclear how the new Act will impact maps, digital spatial data, and the Copyright Act.
National Atlas of Canada Spotlights Agriculture
The National Atlas of Canada recently added information from the Canadian Census of Agriculture (2001) to the Atlas web site. The site now includes maps on grape, livestock and potato production, the number of farms, and irrigated agriculture. The site also contains links to maps produced with data from the previous Census of Agriculture (1996). The Atlas also contains maps of the 38th Federal Elections that were held in late June. For more information, see the National Atlas of Canada web site (http://atlas.gc.ca/site/english/index.html).
Conferences and Classes
Proposed Policy Change for Parks and Forests
By long-standing tradition, the Library of Congress has established headings for government-designated parks and forests as subject headings. This category includes national parks and forests, as well as those at the state, provincial, county, municipal, or other levels. This tradition reflects the fact that the vast majority of usage of these headings is in 6XX fields for works about these parks or forests as physical, geographic entities.
However, many of these parks and forests also have a corporate "identity," and occasionally it is necessary to assign the headings in 1XX or 7XX fields. According to current policy and practice, a heading may not be used in a 1XX or 7XX field unless a corresponding name authority record exists. Therefore, when it is necessary to use one of these headings in a 1XX or 7XX field, current LC practice is to delete the authority record for the subject heading and re-establish it as a name heading, but using subject heading conventions as to the form and qualification of the heading. This practice has proven to be problematical and confusing to users of the LC/NACO authority files. It has resulted in a situation where there are subject authority records for the vast majority of headings for parks and forests, but name authority records for a minuscule number of them. Users of the authority files must be aware that they have to search both name and subject authorities in order to determine whether a particular park or forest has been established, and if so, whether the authority record is appropriate for the required usage or whether the authority record must be deleted as a subject and re-established as a name.
In order to address this problem, the Cataloging Policy and Support Office is considering changing the current practice so that headings of this type that are established in the subject authority file would be usable only as subject headings and would represent only the physical, geographic entities. If it is necessary to assign a heading for a park or forest in a 1XX or 7XX field, a separate name heading would be established to represent the entity as a corporate body. The name heading would be tagged 110 and would have the qualifier (Agency). For example, the following pairs of headings might exist, if needed:
Subject heading: 151 ## $a Yellowstone National Park
Name heading: 110 20 $a Yellowstone National Park (Agency)
Subject heading: 151 ## $a Yosemite National Park (Calif.)
Name heading: 110 20 $a Yosemite National Park (Agency)
The name heading would be potentially valid for use as a subject heading as well. For example, the annual report of a national park might include both information about the park itself as well as information about the business affairs, budget, etc., of the park as a government agency. In that case, both headings would be assigned in 6XX fields.
The advantage of this approach is that catalogers would generally not need to search both name and subject authority records to determine whether a heading has been established. If the heading were needed in a 6XX field, only subject authorities would need to be searched; if it were needed in a 110 or 710 field, only name authorities would need to be searched. Only in cases where both headings were needed for the same item would it be necessary to search both name and subject authorities. Furthermore, the intellectual integrity of the two files would be maintained, with corporate bodies as name headings, and physical, geographic entities as subject headings.
The Cataloging Policy and Support Office invites comments on this proposed change in policy; comments should be received no later than December 31, 2004. Send comments to: Cataloging Policy and Support Office, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, DC 20540-4134, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Fax: 202-707-6629.
ISBN Revision Plans Announced
The ISBN standard (ISO 2108) is being expanded from 10 to 13 digits. The Guidelines for the Implementation of 13 Digit ISBNs (http://www.isbn-international.org/en/download/implementation-guidelines-04.pdf) provide early information and advice concerning the changes in the number and the effect that this will have on nearly all publishers. The guidelines have been drafted by a subgroup of the ISO committee (ISO/TC46/SC9/WG4) revising the actual standard, with input and advice from a wide range of industry organizations. Major changes include the following:
The ISBN will change from 10 to 13 digits on 1 January 2007
Existing ISBNs will be prefixed by 978
The resulting 13-digit number will be identical with the EAN-13 number that is currently encoded in the bar code
The 979 prefix will be introduced when the current stock of numbers is exhausted
Publishers' identifier prefixes will probably change for ISBNs using the 979 prefix
Bar codes will carry the 13-digit ISBN with hyphenation above the barcode and the EAN-13, the identical number without hyphens or spaces, below the bar code. Queries, requests for guidance or suggestions should be addressed to the International ISBN Agency, E-mail: email@example.com, ISO/TC 46/SC 9/Working Group 4, Project 2108: Revision of the ISBN standard. The International Standard Book Number (ISBN) is based on an ISO International Standard that was first published in 1972 as ISO 2108. ISO 2108 specifies the basic structure of an ISBN, the rules for its allocation, and the administration of the ISBN system. ISO 2108 is currently under revision to deal with changes to the ISBN system. The Library of Congress has announced a plan to accommodate 13-digit ISBNs. It can be viewed at: http://www.loc.gov/catdir/cpso/13digit.html. OCLC has also announced an interim plan to support the 13-digit ISBN, which is available at: http://www.oclc.org/western/news/updates/announcementdata_deploy_layout_western_13_66645_62210.htm.
Class Web Enhancement for G Schedule Users
The Cataloging Policy and Support Office (CPSO) has completed an enhancement to Classification Web that makes the maps of places that are included in the printed edition of Class G available online as well. Digitized, color versions of these maps have been posted to the CPSO Web site, and links to them have been made at the appropriate locations in the G schedule in Classification Web. Colleen Cahill of the Geography and Map Division (G&M) provided the digitized versions of the maps.
Digital Spatial Data
Western Association of Map Libraries. Spring, 2005 Meeting. University of Colorado, Boulder. March 24-25, 2005. Host: Katie Lage.
Western Association of Map Libraries. Fall, 2005 Meeting. Fairbanks, Alaska. Host: John Kawula.
Western Association of Map Libraries. Spring, 2006 Meeting. University of British Columbia. Host: Tim Ross.
Western Association of Map Libraries. Fall, 2006 Meeting. Western Washington University. Host: Janet Collins.
Maps & Society Programme, Fourteenth Series: 2004-2005. Meetings are held at The Warburg Institute, University of London, Woburn Square, London WC1H OAB at 5.00 pm. Admission is free. URL: http://www.maphistory.info/warburgprog.html or contact Tony Campbell (t.campbell @ockendon.clara.co.uk).
American Library Association. Midwinter Meeting. Boston, MA. January 14 - 19, 2005. URL: http://www.ala.org/Template.cfm?Section=Events1.
Australian Map Circle. February 6-9, 2005. University of Melbourne.
Geospatial Information Technology Association. Denver, CO. March 6–9, 2005, 2005. URL: http://www.gita.org/.
American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. Annual Conference. Baltimore MD, March 7-11, 2005. URL: http://www.asprs.org/.
American Congress on Surveying & Mapping. Las Vegas, NV, March 18- 23, 2005. URL: http://www.acsm.net/.
Association of American Geographers, Annual Meeting. Denver, CO. April 5 - 9, 2005. URL: http://www.aag.org.
Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). 12th National Conference. Minneapolis, MN. April 7-10, 2005.
International Association for Social Science Information Service & Technology (IASSIST). Joint Conference with IFDO. Edinburgh, Scotland. May 24-22, 2005. URL: http://datalib.ed.ac.uk/iassist/index.shtml.
Special Libraries Association. Annual Conference. Toronto, ON, Canada. June 4-9, 2005. URL: http://www.sla.org/content/Events/index.cfm.
American Libraries Association. Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL: June 23–29, 2005. URL: http://www.ala.org/Template.cfm?Section=Events1.
ESRI Education User Conference. San Diego, California. July 23-26, 2005. URL: http://www.esri.com/industries/k-12/educ/index.html.
ESRI User Conference. San Diego, CA. July 25–29, 2005. URL: http://www.esri.com/events/uc/index.html.
Association of Canadian Map Libraries & Archives (ACMLA). Joint meeting with Canadian Cartographic Association. July 26-29, 2005. Memorial University, St John's, Nfld.
Association of Canadian Map Libraries & Archives (ACMLA). Joint meeting with Canadian Cartographic Association. 2006. Ottawa, Ontario.
International Conference on the History of Cartography. Budapest, Hungary, July 17-22, 2005. URL: http://lazarus.elte.hu/~zoltorok/ichc2005.htm. Direct questions to: Dr. Zsolt Torok, ICHC 2005 Co-ordinator e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions. Oslo, Norway. August 14-18, 2005. URL: http://www.ifla.org/IV/ifla70/.
National States Geographic Information Council Annual Conference. Rochester, NY. September 25-30, 2005. URL: http://www.nsgic.org/conferences/index.htm.
Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA). Annual Conference. Reno, NV. October 9 - 12, 2005. URL: http://www.urisa.org/annual.htm.
National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE). Birmingham, Alabama: October 12-15, 2005. For more information see http://www.ncge.org/activities/meetings/.
Geoscience Information Society and Geological Society of America Annual Meeting. Salt Lake City, UT. October 16 - 19, 2005. URL: http://www.geoinfo.org/.
Association of Pacific Coast Geographers. Phoenix, AZ. October 19-22, 2005. URL: http://geography.asu.edu/apcg/.
IMTA Americas Annual Conference & Trade Show. 2005. To be Arranged. URL: http://www. maptrade.org/
North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS). To be Arranged. URL: http://www.nacis.org/.
North American Framework Data
In June 2004, the Atlas of Canada released a new set of 1:10M North American framework data (http://geogratis.cgdi.gc.ca/clf/en?action=northAmericanAtlas) as part of a partnership with the National Atlas programs in the United States and Mexico. The framework data layers include populated places, administrative boundaries, roads, railways, hydrology, bathymetry, glaciers and sea ice. However, the key value-added element in this project was cross-border harmonization of feature geometry and attributes.
This partnership project was undertaken in response to a request from the environmental community (i.e., the North American Commission for Environmental Co-operation and other NGOs) for a harmonized digital base map of North America. GeoConnections contributed to the project by providing funding to the Atlas of Canada to complement other resources it received from the Geomatics for the Sustainable Development of Natural Resources program of Natural Resources Canada.
In July, Earth Satellite Corporation (EarthSat) announced the release of NaturalVue 2000, the only global 15-meter resolution natural color image dataset in existence. NaturalVue 2000 is based entirely on Landsat 7 data acquired between 1999 and 2001. Only the very best scenes with minimum cloud cover were selected.
Except for the high polar latitudes, NaturalVue 2000 covers the entire land area of the Earth. It is more accurate than nearly all maps at 1:100,000 scale, is excellent for mapping and GIS datasets. NaturalVue 2000 has a wide range of geospatial applications. For multi-scale solutions, it can be seamlessly merged with higher resolution data sets, such as SPOT, IKONOS and QuickBird. Fused with a digital elevation model, NaturalVue 2000 is used for flight and 3-D simulation, mission planning, natural resource inventory, and land cover studies.
The entire uncompressed global data set approaches 4.0 terabytes. Compressed versions of the product are also available. The entire NaturalVue dataset can be viewed at: http://www.earthsat.com/naturalvue.
EarthSat is part of the MDA Geographic Information Products group, specializing in the production of information solutions for natural resource, defense readiness, and global change problems. They have developed and patented several image information extraction techniques, including a massive block triangulation technique, called MOSPOLY, and a localized contrast enhancement program, both of which were utilized in creating this unique data set. Under NASA contract, EarthSat has mapped the entire world with Landsat data for three time periods: circa 1975 with MSS data; circa 1990 with Landsat TM data; and circa 2000 with Landsat ETM+ data. These three data sets are known, collectively, as the GeoCover-Ortho Products. EarthSat used proprietary image processing techniques to create NaturalVue 2000 from GeoCover-Ortho 2000 data. For additional information, please contact EarthSat at: email@example.com.
Global Lakes & Wetlands Database
A new Global Lakes and Wetlands Database (GLWD) has been created from a variety of existing maps, data and information. The data was compiled from the best available sources for lakes and wetlands on a global scale (1:1 to 1:3 million resolution), and the application of GIS functionality enabled the generation of a database which focuses in three coordinated levels on (1) large lakes and reservoirs, (2) smaller water bodies, and (3) wetlands. The data is available for free download (for non-commercial scientific, conservation and educational purposes) at: http://www.wwfus.org/science/data.cfm.
GLWD Level 1 consists of the shoreline polygons for the 3067 largest lakes (area ≥ 50 km2) and 654 largest reservoirs (storage capacity ≥ 0.5 km3) in the World and contains extensive attribute information. GLWD Level 2 contains the shoreline polygons of permanent open water bodies with a surface area ≥ 0.1 km2; it does not include the water bodies contained in GLWD-1. The approx. 250,000 polygons of GLWD-2 are attributed as lakes, reservoirs and rivers. GLWD Level 2 consists of lakes, reservoirs, rivers and other types of wetlands in the form of a raster map with 30-second resolution. To create GLWD-3, the polygons of GLWD-1 and GLWD-2 were combined with additional information on the maximum extents and types of wetlands. Class ‘lake’ in both GLWD-2 and GLWD-3 also includes man-made reservoirs, as only the largest reservoirs have been distinguished from natural lakes. GLWD-2 and GLWD-3 do not provide detailed descriptive attributes such as names or volumes. According to the Global Lakes & Wetlands Database, lakes and reservoirs cover approximately 2.7 million km2 or 2.0% of the global land surface area (excluding Antarctica and glaciated Greenland), while wetlands are estimated to reach about 8-10 million km2, or 6.2-7.6%.
Terrestrial Ecoregions of the World
An ecoregion is a large area of land or water that contains a distinct assemblage of natural communities. These communities share a large majority of their species, dynamics, and environmental conditions. Ecoregions function effectively as conservation units because they encompass similar biological communities and because their boundaries roughly coincide with the area over which key ecological processes most strongly interact. These features can help conservation planners better achieve representation and persistence of biodiversity when developing conservation strategies for individual ecoregions.
Data for terrestrial ecosystems, which includes information on World ecosystems, biogeographical regions and biomes can be downloaded from the World Wildlife fund web site at: http://www.worldwildlife.org/science/data/attributes.cfm.
USGS Releases Quaternary Fault Database for the Nation
A new USGS website (http://qfaults.cr.usgs.gov/) summarizes the geologic, geomorphic, and geographic information on about 2000 Quaternary faults and fold-related faults in the U.S. This online database contains information on faults and associated folds in the United States that are believed to be sources of earthquakes with magnitudes greater than 6 during the Quaternary time period (last 1.6 million years). The web site can be used to answer questions such as what faults are in an area, where they are located and when the last earthquake occurred using a user-friendly interface developed by the USGS.
The Quaternary Fault and Fold Database contains information of interest to the general public, educators and engineers. The site contains a graphical map interface with links to the text descriptions and fault information. The database can also be searched by a single term or a combination of geologic, geographic, or seismologic terms. An ArcIMS version allows users to zoom, pan, query, and link to the database, as well as turn geographic layers such as state boundaries, roads, and trench locations on and off. The data from the site can also be downloaded for use with GIS.
This massive collection of data, which is estimated to contain about 10,000 pages of content, was compiled with the cooperation and assistance of state geological surveys as well as people in the academic and engineering communities. While the site is still under development, it will serve the needs of a wide variety of users in the lower 48 states. Future revisions to the database will include information for Alaska and Hawaii.
The Quaternary Fault and Fold Database will be the archive for USGS seismic-hazards information on faults and fault-related folds in the United States. It is dynamic, thus providing an easy mechanism to update the information on a regular basis. It will provide geologic information on the probable sources of past, current and future earthquakes.
Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Data
USGS has developed the new NAS Alert System to track the spread of invasive species in the United States. Through the site, users can report sightings of nonindigenous and invasive aquatic species they sight, automatically receive email alerts, or perform searches on aquatic species -- such as American alligators in Pennsylvania, Asian carp in Colorado, or snakehead fishes in Virginia. The system is flexible, providing two different perspectives -- one to a user interested in an area, the other to users interested in a species -- whether the user chooses automatic alerts or prefers to search the site.
Nonindigenous aquatic species are members of a species that enter a body of water outside of their historic native range. An invasive species is a nonindigenous species that is likely to cause, harm to the economy, environment, or human health. For more information on Nonindigenous Aquatic Species, visit the NAS Homepage is at: http://nas.er.usgs.gov/.
GISS Climate Data
The Goddard Institute for Space Studies has a wide variety of climate-related data available on their web site. The data deals with a wide variety of climate-related themes, including temperature, precipitation, and storm tracks. The temperature data (GISTEMP) provides an analysis of monthly changes in global surface temperature from 1880 to the present. The Observed Land Surface Precipitation Data (GISS/Dai) data set consists of monthly and annual precipitation data from 1850-1995. A link to another site can be used to obtain additional, more current, data.
The Atlas of Extratropical Storm Tracks provides information about extratropical storms, maps of storm frequency and intensity and plots of individual storms paths. Plots of the "most severe" storms are also available Maps are available for the years 1961 through 1998. In addition, the entire data set can be downloaded as well. For more information on these and other climate data, see the NASA GISS web site at http://www.giss.nasa.gov/data/.
National Inventory of Dams
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) maintains an inventory of dams located in the United States, which is periodically updated and published as the National Inventory of Dams (NID). The current version of the NID (1999) is the result of this a cooperative effort between the Army Corps of Engineers, the Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO), FEMA, and other state and federal agencies. The 1998-1999 NID update was posted to the Internet in January 1999. This update contains nineteen new fields of information that provides information on dam characteristics. Participants are continuing to work to improve completeness and accuracy for all data fields in the NID. Updated data received by USACE is posted quarterly to the on-line database. Data for individual states can be viewed online or downloaded from the National Inventory of Dams web site at: http://crunch.tec.army.mil/nid/webpages/nid.cfm.
HUD Boundary Files Download Site
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development provides access to geospatial data through their Boundary Files Download Site. The boundary files available on the site are intended to supplement boundary files available from the U.S. Census Bureau. The files available from this site can be used by community planners interested in working with census tract and block group data that are split by jurisdiction boundaries (summary levels 080, 090, and 091). These shape files are most useful when linked with census tract and block group data downloaded from the census standard tabulation data, CDBG low/mod area data (summary level 090), or the CHAS 2000 data (summary levels 080 and 091). The boundary files available are in the ArcView Shapefile (.shp) format. All of the files are zipped. Data may be obtained for entire states or individual counties. For more information see the HUD Data Download site at: http://www.huduser.org/geo/summarylevel.asp.
New Western U.S. Soil Surveys
The NRCS has recently released several new Soil Surveys for areas in the western United States. They include soil surveys of Anchorage, Alaska, Musselshell, Sanders, and parts of Teton & Pondera Counties, Montana. These soil surveys can be downloaded from the state soil survey offices web sites, which are accessible through the Online Soil Survey Manuscripts web site at: http://soils.usda.gov/survey/online_surveys/. For more information, see the NRCS soils web site at http://soils.usda.gov/.
Historical Hurricane Tracks Available from NOAA
NOAA has updated their web site of historical hurricane tracks (http://hurricane.csc.noaa.gov/hurricanes/) The Historical Hurricane Tracks web site provides information on the number of tropical storms and hurricanes that have hit a given area on the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf Coasts in the last 150 years and on the Pacific Coast in the last 50 years, as well as the paths those storms took. The Pacific data, which has recently been added, now makes the history of hurricane activity on all U.S. coasts accessible to hurricane researchers and the general public.
The site, which was originally developed for the 2002 hurricane season by the NOAA Coastal Services Center in partnership with the National Hurricane Center, users to search for storms using such criteria as storm name, ZIP code, state, county or parish, or latitude and longitude. The information is then displayed on a map of the area, showing the track of the storms, where they made landfall, and their changing intensity. The site also combines hurricane strike information with coastal population data, making it the first NOAA site to provide both types of information. Viewing this information together can help users determine how hurricanes could affect populations along the coast.
Updates on the site make locating information easier for users. In addition to mapping historical hurricane tracks for given areas, users can download historical hurricane track data for use with GIS.
1452 Leardo Map Online
Recently one of the students at the American Geographical Society Collection scanned a facsimile of their 1452 Leardo map and added information otherwise only available in a brochure. The text helps explain a few of the features depicted on this unique world map. Anyone interested in seeing the image, can view it at: http://www.uwm.edu/Libraries/AGSL/leardo_full_screen.html. Users can also zoom in on the image by clicking on various parts of the map. Contributed by Angela R. Cope, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Online Historic California USGS Topographic Quads
John Creaser at the Earth Sciences and Map Library, University of California, Berkeley has put at least one edition of each of their 30- and 60- minute topographic quadrangles online. Clicking on a color index map brings up the images. These join a large number of earlier quads for the San Francisco Bay and Monterey Bay areas. The URL for the index is http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/EART/CA/CA_125k/. While these are quite legible, higher resolution scans are available in that Library. Contributed by Phil Hoehn, Map Librarian, email@example.com.
New Dibblee Geologic Maps
In late June, the Dibblee Geology Center of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History released 10 new maps of the San Luis Obisbo County region by Tom Dibblee. The Museum also named John Minch as the Map Editor for the Dibblee Geology Center.
Tom Dibblee has created maps that have been instrumental in understanding California's geology over the course of 75 years. Today, Dibblee, who personally mapped more than a quarter of California, remains actively involved in the publication of each new map. The magnitude, integrity, and permanence of Dibblee's geologic mapping are unprecedented and legendary, which is why the Dibblee Geology Center’s first priority is to complete the publication of Tom's maps. Dibblee maps are renowned for their high quality and serve a diverse group of users such as engineering geologists, oil companies, U.S. Forest Service, environmentalists and students, among others. To date, the Dibblee Geology Center has released 107 maps and 3 CDs. The ten new 7.5 minute geologic maps of San Luis Obisbo County include the San Luis Obisbo, Lopez Mountain, Santa Margarita Lake, Atascadero, Santa Margarita, Wilson Corner, Templeton, Creston/Shedd Canyon, Paso Robles and Estrella/Shandon quadrangles. The maps are available from the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History for $20.00 (rolled) or $15.00 (folded) plus tax and shipping. For more information contact Chloe Diegel via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, (805) 682-4711 ext. 371. The maps can also be purchased online at: http://www.sbnature.org/estore. Contributed by Chloe Diegel, email@example.com.
Mapa Digital de Mexico
An online atlas of Mexico produced by INEGI (Instituto Nacional de Estadística Geografía e Informática) is available at http://galileo.inegi.gob.mx/website/mexico/viewer.htm?c=423. The site allows users to map a variety of themes, including hydrology, relief, statistical data, geology, climate, soils and geography.
Mount St. Helens Eruption Information
The recent WAML field trip to Mount St. Helens occurred before the increase in activity at the mountain. However, that is no reason to miss out on the action. People interested in recent increased activity of Mount St. Helens can track the volcano from the USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory web site at http://vulcan.wr.usgs.gov/. The site contains links to information on recent volcanic activity, current seismicity and activity updates as well as links to a live VolcanoCam from Johnston Ridge Observatory. The site also provides links to a wide variety of information on Mount St. Helens history, and other volcanoes in the Cascade Range.
Rand McNally Introduces Online Mapmaking Tool
In August, Rand McNally announced the introduction of a new self-service mapping tool that allows businesses to quickly create large, high-quality, affordable wall maps customized to suit their distinct needs. The patent-pending Rand McNally CustomView™ Wall Maps system provides an easy-to-use mapping tool that guides users with simple step-by-step instructions, and enables users to create a customized map of a specific area, such as a neighborhood or delivery zone. The laminated maps will be printed with fade-resistant UV inks and printed to order in 2 business days. The maps will be available in three sizes - small (24”x30”), medium (32”x40”) and large (46”x60”), which will cost $99, $169 and $249. Rand McNally is marketing their product to businesses that may benefit from maps of their local delivery and service areas, such as taxis, real estate, public transit, restaurants with delivery service, cable companies, utilities, security services, government, and municipal emergency services. Initially, the CustomView™ Wall Maps will be available initially in Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia and Los Angeles. The CustomView™ can be accessed at http://customview.randmcnally.com. For More Information: contact Tara Arnold , Rand McNally, (847) 329-6850, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anderson, Patrick L., 2004. Business, Economics, and Finance with Matlab, GIS, and Simulation Models. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press. ISBN: 1-58488-348-0. $79.95
Arctur, David, Zeiler, Michael and Amdahl, Gary, eds., 2004. Designing Geodatabases: Case Studies in GIS Data Modeling. Redlands, CA: ESRI, Inc. ISBN: 1-58948-021-X. $39.95
Bassetti, W.H.C., 2004. Introduction to Mathematical Techniques Used in GIS. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press. ISBN: 0-415-33414-4. $79.95
Bettinger, Peter and Wing, Michael G., 2004. Geographic information systems: applications in forestry and natural resources management. Boston: McGraw Hill. ISBN: 0072562420. $63.57
Bishop, Michael and Shroder, John F., Jr., 2004. Geographic Information Science and Mountain Geomorphology. Berlin, New York: Springer. ISBN: 3-540-42640-X. $159.00
Brebbia, C.A., ed., 2004. Management Information Systems 2004: Incorporating GIS and Remote Sensing. Ashurst, UK: WIT Press. ISBN: 1-85312-728-0. $275.00
Brewer, Cynthia, 2004. Designing Better Maps: A Guide for GIS Users. Redlands, CA: ESRI, Inc. ISBN: 1-58948-089-9. $24.95
Burns, Bob and Burns, Mike, 2004. Wilderness Navigation: Finding Your Way Using Map, Compass, Altimeter and GPS. Seattle, WA: The Mountaineers Books. ISBN: 0898869536. $12.95
Chancellor, Deborah. Maps and Mapping. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company. ISBN: 0-7534-5759-8. $8.95
Chang, Kang-tsung, 2004. Introduction to geographic information systems. Boston: McGraw-Hill. ISBN: 0072861215. $107.85
Chrisman, Nicholas, 2004. GIS Technology, Maps, Society. London, UK: Routledge. ISBN: 0-415-94427-9. $85.00 ISBN: 0-415-94428-7. $29.95
Chubb, Thomas, Skells, J.W. and Beharrell, H., 2004. The Printed Maps in the Atlases of Great Britain and Ireland: A Bibliography, 1579-1870. Mansfield Centre, CT: Martino Publishing. ISBN: 1-57898-482-3.
Craib, Raymond B., 2004. Cartographic Mexico: a history of state fixations and fugitive landscapes. Durham, NC: Duke U. Press. ISBN: 082233416X. $22.95
Craglia, Max and Maheswaran, Ravi, 2004. GIS in Public Health Practice: Opportunities and Pitfalls. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press. ISBN: 0-415-30655-8. $99.95
DeMers, Michael N., 2004. Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems. Somerset, NJ: John Wiley & Sons. ISBN: 0-471-67159-2. $36.95 ISBN: 0-471-20491-9. $95.95
Department of the Army Staff, 2004. U. S. Army Map Reading and Land Navigation Handbook. Guilford, CT: Globe Pequot Press. ISBN: 1-59228-382-9. $18.95
ESRI Press, 2004. Understanding Map Projections: ArcGIS 9. Redlands, CA: ESRI, Inc. ISBN: 1-58948-103-8. $14.95
Fisher, William L. and Rahel, Frank J., eds., 2004. Geographic Information Systems in Fisheries. Bethesda, MD: American Fisheries Society. ISBN: 1-888569-57-3. $69.00 ISBN: 1888569573. $82.80
Galichian, Rouben, 2004. Historic maps of Armenia: the Cartographic Heritage. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN: 1860649793. $75.00
Gurney, Alan. Compass: A Story of Exploration and Innovation. Scranton, PA: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc. ISBN: 0-393-05073-4. $22.95
HarperCollins, 2004. Collins World Atlas. Glasgow: HarperCollins Publishers, Ltd. ISBN: 0-00-715722-3. $16.99
Henry, Mark, 2004. Mapping the Future of America's National Parks: Stewardship through Geographic Information Systems. Redlands, CA: ESRI, Inc. ISBN: 1-58948-080-5. $26.95
Jensen, John R., 2004. Introductory Digital Image Processing: A Remote Sensing Perspective. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall PTR. ISBN: 0-13-145361-0. $92.00
Jones, Chris B., 2004. GIS and Computer Cartography. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall. ISBN: 0130895997. $35.17
Kelly, Laurie, 2004. GIS for Coastal Zone Management. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press. ISBN: 0-415-31972-2. $89.95
Kelly, Laurie, 2004. GIS. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press. ISBN: 0-415-28375-2. $79.95
Kresse, Wolfgang and Fadaie, Kian, 2004. ISO Standards for Geographic Information. Berlin, New York: Springer. ISBN: 3-540-20130-0. $129.00
Lunetta, Ross S. and Lyon John G., 2004. Remote Sensing and GIS Accuracy Assessment. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press. ISBN: 1-56670-443-X. $129.95
Maantay, Juliana and Ziegler, John, 2004. GIS for the Urban Environment. Redlands, CA: ESRI, Inc. ISBN: 1-58948-082-1. $79.95
McCarthy, James, 2004. Journey into Africa: the Life and Death of Keith Johnston, Scottish Cartographer and Explorer, (1844-79). Latheronwheel, U.K.: Whittles Pub./Booksource. ISBN: 1904445012. GBP35.00
McMaster, Robert B. and Usery, E. Lynn, 2004. A Research Agenda for Geographic Information Science. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press. ISBN: 0849327288. $99.95
National Geographic, 2004. National Geographic Atlas of the World. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society. ISBN: 0-7922-7543-8. $165.00
Neteler, Markus and Mitasova, Helena, 2004. Open Source GIS: A GRASS GIS Approach. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers. ISBN: 1-4020-8064-6. $95.00 ISBN: 1-4020-8065-4.
Otawa, Toru, 2004. Maximizing the Power of Geographic Information Systems in Applied Land Informatics. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press. ISBN: 0-7734-6491-3. $119.95
Pedley, Mary S., 2004. The Commerce of Cartography: Making and Marketing Maps in Eighteenth-Century France and England. Chicago: U. of Chicago Press. ISBN: 0226653412. $40.00
Peters, Alan H. and MacDonald, Heather I., 2004. Unlocking the Census with GIS. Redlands, CA: ESRI, Inc. ISBN: 1-58948-113-5.
Pick, James B., 2004. Geographic Information Systems in Business. Hershey, PA: Idea Group Publishing. ISBN: 1-59140-399-5. $89.95 ISBN: 1-59140-400-2. $74.95
Plamondon, Martin II, 2004. Lewis & Clark Trail Maps: A Cartographic Reconstruction. Pullman, WA: Washington State University Press. [(v. 1. Missouri River between Camp River Dubois (Illinois) and Fort Mandan (North Dakota)--outbound 1804, return 1806 -- v. 2. Beyond Fort Mandan (North Dakota/Montana) to Continental Divide and Snake River (Idaho/Washington)--outbound 1805, return 1806 -- v. 3. Columbia River to the Pacific Ocean, and further Columbia, Marias, and Yellowstone Explorations (Wasington/Oregon/Idaho/Montana)--outbound 1805, return 1806]. ISBN: vol. 1: 087422232X (hc) $75.00; vol. 1: 0874222338 (pbk) $45.00; vol. 2: 0874222427 (hc) $75.00; vol. 2: 0874222435 (pbk) $55.00; vol. 2: 0874222443 (spiral) $75.00; vol. 3: 0874222656 (hc) $75.00.
Prunty, Jacinta, 2004. Maps and Map-Making in Local History. Dublin, Ireland: Four Courts Press. ISBN: 1-85182-870-2. $60.00 ISBN: 1-85182-699-8. $30.00
Ralston, Bruce, 2004. GIS and Public Data. Florence, KY: Delmar Learning. ISBN: 1-4018-7781-8. $74.95
Schuurman, Nadine, 2004. GIS: A Short Introduction. Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishing. ISBN: 0-631-23533-7. ISBN: 0-631-23532-9.
Stewart, Meg and Others, 2004. Exploring Environmental Solutions with GIS (includes CD-ROM). Boston: McGraw-Hill Higher Education. ISBN: 0-07-297744-2. $16.25
Rodriguez-Bachiller, Agustin and Glasson, John. Expert Systems and Geographic Information Systems for Impact Assessment. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press. Perfect. ISBN: 0-415-30725-2. $39.95
Seaver, Kirsten A., 2004. Maps, Myths, and Men: the Story of the Vinland map. Palo Alto, CA: Stanford U. Press. ISBN: 0804749639. $24.95
Slocum, Terry A. and Others, 2004. Introduction to Thematic Cartography. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall PTR. ISBN: 0-13-035123-7. $82.67
Slocum, Terry A. and Others, 2004. Remote Sensing for GIS Managers. Redlands, CA: ESRI, Inc. ISBN: 1-58948-081-3. $69.95
Thomas, Christopher and Ospina, Milton, 2004. Measuring Up: The Business Case for GIS. Redlands, CA: ESRI, Inc. ISBN: 1-58948-088-0. $24.95
United Nations, 2004. Remote Sensing and Geographic Information System: Education Curriculum. New York: United Nations Publications. ISBN: 92-1-100923-5. $17.95
Van Sickel, Jan, 2004. Basic GIS Coordinates. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press. ISBN: 0-415-30216-1. $79.95
Water Environment Federation, 2004. Implementing Geographic Information Systems. Alexandria, VA: Water Environment Federation. ISBN: 1-57278-190-4.
U.S. Federal, State and Local Government News
Adkins, D. and Others, 2004. Library Service Planning with GIS and Census Data. Public Libraries, v. 43, no. 3, p. 165-70.
Anselin, Luc, Yong Wook Kim and Syabri, Ibnu, 2004. Web-based analytical tools for the exploration of spatial data. Journal of Geographical Systems, v. 6, no. 2, p. 197-218.
Bobechko, Liann and Stockton, Steve, 2004. Lions and Tigers in Wigs--Oh My! Alternatives Journal, v. 30, no. 3, p. 6.
Boorsch, Suzanne, 2004. The Case for Francesco Rosselli as the Engraver of Berlinghieri's Geographia. Imago Mundi, v. 56, no. 2, p. 152-169.
Brigham, Ann, 2004. Productions of Geographic Scale and Capitalist-Colonialist Enterprise in Leslie Marmon Silko's Almanac of the Dead. Modern Fiction Studies, v. 50, no. 2, p. 303-331.
Brondt, Andrew, 2004. When Wireless Insecurity Strikes. PC World, v. 22, no. 5, p. 117.
Byerly, G. and Others, 2004. Web Wide World: Country Information on the Internet. School Library Media Activities Monthly, v. 20, no. 10, p. 27-8, 43.
Cartography for the benefit of mankind. Geographical, v. 76, no. 6, p. 23.
Cohen, Warren B. and Goward, Samuel N., 2004. Landsat's Role in Ecological Applications of Remote Sensing. Bioscience, v. 54, no. 6, p. 535-45.
Colwell-Chanthaphonh and Chip, Hill, J. Brett, Mapping History: Cartography and the Construction of the San Pedro Valley. History & Anthropology, v. 15, no. 2, p. 175-200.
Cowper, Diane and Others, 2004. Using GIS in Government: An Overview of the VHA's Healthcare Atlas, FY-2000. Journal of Medical Systems, v. 28, no. 3, p. 257-69.
Crampton, Jeremy W., 2004. Exploring the History of Cartography in the Twentieth Century. Imago Mundi, v. 56, no. 2, p. 200-206.
Dempsey,-Kathy, 2004. Promotion Is Like Chinese Food. Computers in Libraries, v. 24, no. 5, p. 4.
Dixon, J. Finding Your Way in Arkansas: Using the Map and GIS Resources of the University of Arkansas Libraries. Arkansas Libraries, v. 61, no. 2, p. 5-12.
Dragicevic, Suzana, 2004. The potential of Web-based GIS. Journal of Geographical Systems, v. 6, no. 2, p. 79-81.
Drisin, Adam, 2004. Intricate Fictions: Mapping Princely Authority in a Sixteenth-Century Florentine Urban Plan. Journal of Architectural Education, v. 57, no. 4, p. 41-55.
Duck-Hye Yang and Others, 2004. Improving Geocoding Practices: Evaluation of Geocoding Tools. Journal of Medical Systems, v. 28, no. 4, p. 361.
Earth as Art (computer file). D-Lib Magazine, v. 10, no. 7/8, p. 1.
Edit and Covert Raster to Vector. IEEE Computer Graphics & Applications (July/August 2004), v. 24, no. 4, p. 104.
Edwards, Geoffrey and Jeansoulin, Robert, 2004. Data fusion: from a logic perspective with a view to implementation. International Journal of Geographical Information Science, v. 18, no. 4, p. 303-307.
Elliott, Paul, Wartenberg, Daniel and Jarup, Lars, 2004. Spatial Epidemiology: Current Approaches and Future Challenges. Environmental Health Perspectives, v. 112, no. 9, p. 998-1006.
Funk, McKenzie and Haney, Mike, 2004. From the Frontier. Popular Science, v. 264, no. 6, p. 108.
Gauthier, Jean R., 2004. If You Own It, Map It. New York Times (9/4/2004), v. 153, no. 52962, p. A16.
Giant Survey for the Giant Pandas. Environment (Sept. 2004), v. 46, no. 7, p. 4-5.
Global Positioning Systems. ENR: Engineering News-Record (June 21, 2004), v. 252, no. 25, p. 32-33.
Grimsley, Roger E., 2004. Marking the Northwest Angle [Minnesota]. Professional Surveyor Magazine, v. 24, no. 9, p. 8[-]17.
Haberman, Clyde, 2004. Remember Them to Harold Square. New York Times (8/20/2004), v. 153, no. 52947, p. B1
Haines, Chad, 2004. Colonial Routes: Reorienting the Northern Frontier of British India. Ethnohistory, v. 51, no. 3, p. 535-565.
Hetter, Katia, 2004. San Francisco: City Adds Cops, High-tech Maps to Fight Wave of Violent Crime. San Francisco Chronicle, July 8, p. B4.
How to Settle a Controversy. Biblical Archaeology Review (May/June, 2004), v. 30, no. 3, p. 17-18.
Jacobs, Geoff, 2004. Extracting Points, Lines, Surfaces, Features & Models from Point Clouds. Professional Surveyor Magazine, v. 24, no. 9, p. 45-50.
Jarup, Lars, 2004. Health and Environment Information Systems for Exposure and Disease Mapping, and Risk Assessment. Environmental Health Perspectives, v. 112, no. 9, p. 995-997.
Johnson, Rich, 2004. Fixing Your Position. Outdoor Life, v. 211, no. 4, p. 88-90.
Jones, Virginia A. and Grevin, Frederic J., 2004. Managing Engineering, Architectural, and Cartographic Drawings. Information Management Journal, v. 38, no. 3, p. 56-60.
Kaufman, Don and Belknap, Nan, 2004. Wyatt Earp, Frontier Surveyor. Professional Surveyor Magazine, v. 24, no. 6, p. 46-47.
Keeping cartography in the family. Geographical (May 2004), v. 76, no. 5, p. 23.
Kraak, Menno-Jan, 2004. The role of the map in a Web-GIS environment. Journal of Geographical Systems, v. 6, no. 2, p. 83-92.
Kwak, G.S., 2004. Preservation of the United States Serial Set for Less Than One Dollar per Volume: Practical Advice from a Project in Progress. Louisiana Libraries, v. 66, no. 3, p. 19-23.
Kyusuk Chung, Duck-Hye Yang and Bell, Ralph, 2004. Health and GIS: Toward Spatial Statistical Analyses. Journal of Medical Systems, v. 28, no. 4, p. 349-60.
Lane, Kelly, 2004. The GIS of GPS. Science Teacher, v. 71, no. 5, p. 32-33
Lehner, Bernhard and Döll, Petra, 2004. Development and validation of a global database of lakes, reservoirs and wetlands. Journal of Hydrology, v. 296, no. 1-4, p. 1-22.
Leslie, Mitch, 2004. Turtles on the Go. Science, v. 304, no. 5672, p. 803.
Levy, Steven, 2004. Making the Ultimate Map. Newsweek, 6/7/2004, v. 143, no. 23, p. 56-58.
Mas, Jean-François, and Others, 2004. Assessing land use/cover changes: a nationwide multidate spatial database for Mexico. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation & Geoinformation, v. 5, no. 4, p. 249-61.
Maselli, Jennifer, 2004. Coordination Aids Relief Efforts. InformationWeek, 2004 Supplement, p. 12-13.
Mattison, D., 2004. Looking for Good Art: Web Resources and Image Databases. Searcher, v. 12, no. 8, p. 12-22.
McClennen, Nate, 2004. Soil, Weeds, and Computers. Science Teacher, v. 71, no. 5, p. 48-49.
McGray, Gerald L., 2004. Eighty-four Years Young: Miller Blueprint Co. Professional Surveyor Magazine, v. 24, no. 7, p. 16-18, 20.
McLafferty, Sara, 2004. The Socialization of GIS. Cartographica, v. 39, no. 2, p. 51-53.
McNoleg, Oleg. Search Procedures for Geographers, By Geographers and Using Geographers. Transactions in GIS, v. 8, no. 4, p. 401-405.
Mermann-Jozwiak, Elisabeth, 2004. Cartographies of Resistance: Poetics and Politics of Space in Chicano/A Writing. Modern Fiction Studies, v. 50, no. 2, p. 469-66.
Meyer, William B. and Corbley, Kevin P., 2004. Harris County, Texas Combines Ground Survey with LiDAR to Create New Flood Maps. Professional Surveyor Magazine, v. 24, no. 7, p. 8-9, 12, 14.
Mitchell, Gordon, 2004. Ohio-Michigan Boundary War. Part 1. Professional Surveyor Magazine, v. 24, no. 6, p. 52-54.
Mitchell, Gordon, 2004. Ohio-Michigan Boundary War. Part 2. Professional Surveyor Magazine, v. 24, no. 7, p. 47-48, 50.
Mullner, Ross M. and Others, 2004. Geographic Information Systems in Public Health and Medicine. Journal of Medical Systems, v. 28, no. 3, p. 215-221.
O'Connell, Pamela L., 2004. On the Radar. New York Times (7/1/2004), v. 153, no. 52897, p. G3.
Oetter, Doug R. and Others, 2004. GIS Methodology for Characterizing Historical Conditions of the Willamette River Flood Plain, Oregon. Transactions in GIS, v. 8, no. 3, p. 367-383.
Peerbocus, Ally and Jomier, Geneviève, 2004. The management of the cadastral evolution using documented cadastral plans. Computers, Environment & Urban Systems, v. 28, no. 5, p. 487-509.
Pemberton, Jackson, 2004. Our Paradigm Problem. Professional Surveyor Magazine, v. 24, no. 7, p. 22-23.
Perkins, Chris, 2004. Cartography – Cultures of Mapping: Power in Practice. Progress in Human Geography, v. 28, no. 3, p. 381-391.
Peterson, Ivars, 2004. A Better Distorted View. Science News, v. 166, no. 9, p. 136-137.
Plugged in. American City & County (May 2004), v. 119, no. 5, p. 22.
Preszler, Ralph, 2004. Cooperative Concept Mapping. Journal of College Science Teaching, v. 33, no. 6, p. 30-35.
Purnell, Jon B., 2004. [Review of] The Mismapping of America by Seymour I. Schwarz. Professional Surveyor Magazine, v. 24, no. 6, p. 44-45.
Purnell, Jon B., 2004. [Review of] The Map that Changed the World: William Smith and the Birth of Modern Geology [by Simon Winchester]. Professional Surveyor Magazine, v. 24, no. 9, p. 39-40.
Raat, W. Dirk, 2004. Innovative Ways to Look at New World Historical Geography. History Teacher, v. 37, no. 3, p. 281-306.
Rose, Edward P. F. and Willig, Dierk, 2004. Specialist Maps Prepared by German Military Geologists for Operation Sealion: the Invasion of England Scheduled for September 1940. Cartographic Journal, v. 41, no. 1, p. 13-35.
Ruiz, Marilyn O. and Remmert, David, 2004. A Local Department of Public Health and the Geospatial Data Infrastructure. Journal of Medical Systems, v. 28, no. 4, p. 385-95.
Sandy, J.H., 2004. Special Library in Montana Promotes Lewis and Clark Studies and Research. PNLA Quarterly, v. 68 no. 2, p. 6-7.
Schmidt, Wilhelm A., 2004. The Patron Saint of Surveyors [Saint Thomas the Apostle]. Professional Surveyor Magazine, v. 24, no. 7, p. 42-43.
Schutzberg, Adena, 2004. Managing Sensitive Information. Professional Surveyor Magazine, v. 24, no. 7, p. 29-31.
Scott, Phil, 2004. Charting China. Air & Space Smithsonian, v. 19, no. 2, p. 12-13.
SGU Combines Lakota Language, GIS, Space. Tribal College, Summer 2004, v. 15, no. 4, p. 33.
Smith, A., and Others, 2004. Don't Get Lost!: The Basics of Organizing a Library's Map Collection. Kentucky Libraries, v. 68, no. 2, p. 22-27.
Soltau, Alison, 2004. Finding New Ways to Crack Down: “Crime Mapping” Identifies Hot Gang Spots in The City [San Francisco]. The Independent (San Francisco, Calif.) July 13, p. 2A.
Spiegel, Shaun and Kinikin, Janae, 2004. Promoting Geographic Information System Usage Across Campus. Computers in Libraries, v. 24, no. 5, p. 10-14.
Stachurski, Richard J., 2004. Finding North America. Part 2. Professional Surveyor Magazine, v. 24, no. 6, p. 26-31.
Taverna, Michael A., 2004. Eye-Opener. Aviation Week & Space Technology, v. 161, no. 1, p. 26.
Taylor, Andrew, 2004. Mapping Manchester: One Man's Contribution to City Centre Maps. Cartographic Journal, v. 41, no. 1, p. 59-67.
Terkla, Dan, 2004. The Original Placement of the Hereford Mappa Mundi. Imago Mundi, v. 56, no. 2, p. 131-151.
The beating heart of the British Empire. Geographical (July 2004), v. 76, no. 7, p. 23.
Vujakovic, p. eter, 2004. Promoting Cartographic Diversity. Cartographic Journal, v. 41, no. 1, p. 3-4.
Westbrooks, E.L., 2004. Distributing and Synchronizing Heterogeneous Metadata in Geospatial Information Repositories for Access. In: Metadata in practice. Chicago: American Library Association.
White, James, 2004. Tripod Data Systems Survey Pro 4.0. Professional Surveyor Magazine, v. 24, no. 7, p. 34-36.
Wilford, John N., 2004. A Great Spanish Explorer, Blown Off Course from Fame. New York Times (6/1/2004), v. 153, no. 52867, p. F3
Winter, Stephan, 2004. Communication about Space. Transactions in GIS, v. 8, no. 3, p. 291-96.
Withers, Charles W. J. Mapping the Niger, 1798-1832: Trust, Testimony and 'Ocular Demonstration' in the Late Enlightenment. Imago Mundi, v. 56, no. 2, p. 170-193.
Woodward, David A., 2004. [Obituary]. San Francisco Chronicle, Sept. 1, p. B7.
Worms, Laurence, 2004. The Maturing of British Commercial Cartography: William Faden (1749–1836) and the Map Trade. Cartographic Journal, v. 41, no. 1, p. 5-11.
U.S. Wilderness Map
In 1964, the US Congress established the National Wilderness Preservation System under the Wilderness Act. From the swamps of the southeast, to the tundra in Alaska, from the hardwoods of the northeast to the deserts of the southwest, wilderness is found in all but six of the United States. The Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service and the Forest Service are charged with the responsibility to preserve the natural condition of these lands and provide outstanding opportunities for primitive and unconfined wilderness experiences. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Americans from all walks of life can value wilderness as part of their heritage
Federal lands qualifying as wilderness must be designated by Congress through legislation. In some cases, federal agencies recommend suitable lands. In other instances, citizens put forth proposals for consideration by Congress. The process culminates when legislation is passed by Congress and is signed by the current president. To find out more about the Wilderness Act go to: http://laws.fws.gov/lawsdigest/wildrns.html.
The U.S. Geological Survey, working with the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute, compiled a new 1:5,000,000 scale map of wilderness areas in the United States. Titled National Wilderness Preservation System this colorful, 2-sided, flat map is a 2004 revision of a previously-folded 1987 edition. One side shows locations of wilderness areas on a map of the lower 48 states, with insets of Alaska and Hawaii. The other side explains what a national wilderness is along with pictures. Also included is a list of all wilderness areas in the United States, how much acreage they cover, which agency oversees them, and the year they became a wilderness. Another chart shows the percentage of each state that is covered by wilderness. The National Wilderness Preservation System map, stock # 101414, is available for $7.00 plus $5.00 handling through the USGS Store at: http://store.usgs.gov or go to an authorized USGS Business Partner. A listing of these is available on: http://rockyweb.cr.usgs.gov/acis-bin/querypartner.cgi. Contributed by Joseph Kerski, email@example.com.
USGS National Geospatial Programs Office Established
In a strategic move to strengthen geographic research and consolidate geospatial data programs, USGS Director Chip Groat recently announced the creation of a National Geospatial Programs Office. The move to transfer The National Map from the Geography Discipline to the Geospatial Information Office (GIO) will allow existing USGS geography expertise to focus attention on geographic research and enhance USGS leadership in geospatial programs and geographic research.
The reorganization will consolidate USGS geospatial programs under the new National Geospatial Programs Office located within the Geospatial Information Office (GIO). The National Geospatial Programs Office will oversee the portfolio of national geospatial programs for which the USGS has responsibility, including the Federal Geographic Data Committee, the Geospatial One Stop project, the Department of the Interior Enterprise Geospatial Information Management activity and The National Map.
The decision to reorganize is in direct response to discussions with constituent groups about how best to meet their geospatial data needs and recommendations from a report by the National Research Council of the National Academies. The report recommended the USGS should give higher priority to fundamental geographic research directed toward:
improving citizen involvement in decision making for issues related to natural sciences by creating citizen-friendly geographic interfaces with all the Survey's primary spatial datasets;
expanding the utility and application of place-based science by conducting integrative place-specific research in addition to topical research in individual disciplines;
and enhancing the effectiveness of decision-support systems with increased geographic input and more effective map-like products as output.
World Heritage Site Poster
A new U.S. Geological Survey map, Scientific Investigations Map 2819, has been prepared in cooperation with the National Park Service, Parks Canada, and British Columbia Parks. The poster is printed in English and French and is at a scale of 1:750,000. The four parks depicted on this map make up a single World Heritage Site that covers 24.3 million acres. Together they comprise the largest internationally protected land-based ecosystem on the planet. The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) established the World Heritage Program in 1972 for the identification and protection of the world's irreplaceable natural and cultural resources. World Heritage Sites are important as storehouses of memory and evolution, as anchors for sustainable tourism and community, and as laboratories for the study and understanding of the earth and culture. This World Heritage Site protects the prominent mountain ranges of Kluane, Wrangell, Saint Elias, and Chugach. It includes many of the tallest peaks on the continent, the world's largest non-polar icefield, extensive glaciers, vital watersheds, and expanses of dramatic wilderness. The map, stock #116124, will cost $7.00 plus $5.00 shipping and handling. Contributed by Sheryl J. Girk-Jackson, firstname.lastname@example.org.
USGS to Stop Photographic Production
The USGS EROS Data Center (EDC) Photo Lab stopped taking orders for traditional photographic products on September 3, 2004. EDC is transitioning from providing traditional photographic products from its film archive to providing digital versions (only) from which paper prints can be generated by computer-linked printers or plotters. No paper or film products will be produced from the historical film archive after this date. All photographic orders received prior to the cut off will be filled. EDC will continue to produce digital products, from which paper prints can be generated by computer-linked printers or plotters.
Since the early 1970s, the USGS has offered these archived photographic products for sale. For the last few years there has been a decline in customer demand for paper prints and film products. Several major suppliers of photo-processing chemicals, paper, etc. are converting to digital product lines and discontinuing traditional raw materials. The production expenses are not being recovered through product sales. For these reasons, the USGS will discontinue offering photographic products. Two new digital products will be offered. The first is a high-resolution, digitally scanned product, which will be made available upon request starting in July 2004. This product is created at approximately 1200 dpi with an output file size of approximately 120 megabytes from a black and white photograph or 360 megabytes from a color photograph. Both are provided in a TIFF format. The cost will be $24 for cleaning and scanning each frame plus the standard media generation costs of, $45/CD, $60/DVD or $30/file if ftp format is requested. The second digital product is a medium-resolution digitized product, available on-line as the rolls of film are digitized beginning in October 2004. This product is created at approximately 600 dpi with an output file size of approximately 15 megabytes from a black and white photograph, or 45 megabytes from a color photograph, both also provided in a TIFF format. The cost for this product will be $1 per file access fee, along with the media generation costs of $30/file if ftp'd, $45/CD, or $60/DVD. Samples of both digital products covering two frames of photography over an area of New York City, acquired in 1966 at a scale of 1:24,000 are available to FTP from: http://edc.usgs.gov/phoenix_iv/new_york. USGS digital image products can be delivered faster than traditional photographic products. Unless otherwise restricted, all digital products are public domain and can be modified to suit your needs or combined with other digital data. For further information please contact: email@example.com. Contributed by Sheryl J. Girk-Jackson, firstname.lastname@example.org.
New LPI Resources
The Lunar and Planetary Institute is proud to announce the availability of Apollo Mapping (Metric) images (http://www.lpi.usra.edu/research/apollo/) and the Lunar Aeronautical Charts (LACs) and Lunar Maps (LM) series maps (http://www.lpi.usra.edu/research/mapcatalog/) on their web site.
The Apollo Mapping images contains over 20,000 photographs taken by the astronauts with hand-held Hasselblad and Nikon cameras, a multispectral camera, a stereoscopic camera, and a Hycon Lunar Topographic camera. The astronauts used both black and white and color film. Since the Apollo missions ended, the film has been held in cold storage or shelved at NASA data repositories. Thanks to the painstaking labors of the LPI staff, the photographs have been scanned and are made available in an easy to use online digital resource. The entire image collection can be browsed online. Contributed by David Bigwood, email@example.com.
Water Quality in the Great Salt Lake Region Affected by Land Use
Water samples collected by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in areas surrounding the Great Salt Lake in parts of Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming generally meet existing guidelines for drinking water and protection of aquatic life, although water quality in some specific areas have elevated concentrations of pesticides, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), nutrients, chloride, and elements such as arsenic and lead, according to the results of a 5-year study of water quality by the USGS. This study, which provides a large dataset to area water managers, can serve as a baseline of water-quality conditions as components are being monitored for trends over time.
Water quality and biological conditions are generally better in streams that drain forests and rangeland (undeveloped areas) than in streams that drain agricultural and urban areas. In developed areas, including those affected by mining, study results indicate elevated concentrations of pesticides, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), nutrients, chloride, and trace elements such as arsenic and lead.
Copies of the USGS report, Water Quality in the Great Salt Lake Basins, Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming, 1998-2001, published as USGS Circular 1236 are available free of charge by writing the USGS Branch of Information Services, Box 25286, Denver Federal Center, Denver, CO 80225 (or by calling 1-888-ask-usgs). The report also can be accessed on the World Wide Web at http://water.usgs.gov/nawqa/nawqa_sumr.html. The water-quality conditions summarized in this report are discussed in detail in other reports that can be accessed at http://ut.water.usgs.gov/nawqa/pubs.htm.
USGS Awards Contract for Commercial Satellite Imagery
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) recently announced that DigitalGlobe of Longmont, Colo. has been awarded a multi-year contract for the acquisition of high-resolution satellite imagery. DigitalGlobe will provide the USGS with access to new collections in addition to its ImageLibrary containing over a million square kilometers of 60-centimeter and 2.44-meter resolution image data from the QuickBird satellite. QuickBird provides the world’s highest resolution commercially available satellite data. This contract is similar to recent contracts awarded to Space Imaging of Thornton, Colo., and ORBIMAGE, Inc. of Dulles, Va. The three contracts, estimated at $15 million total, will provide the USGS and its partner agencies with coordinated access to the remote sensing industry's products and services.
USGS Historic Trail Map of Leadville Quadrangle
The newest map in the U.S. Geological Survey’s Geologic Investigations Series, I-2820, is the result of collaboration between the Denver Public Library, Western History and Genealogy Department, and the Colorado Railroad Museum. The map, titled Historic Trail Map of the Leadville 1 X 2 degree quadrangle, was produced at a scale of 1:250,000 with 200-foot contour intervals. The Leadville map is the eleventh map in a series of historic maps published by Glen Scott over a period of more than 30 years.
The Colorado Territory was established on February 28, 1861, and Colorado officially became a state in 1876. Settlement of the Leadville area started in the late 1850’s when ore deposits were discovered there. Many of the historic trails on this map were used by Native Americans long before trappers and settlers reached the area. The earliest recorded exploratory use of the trails in this area, by Europeans, was around 1844, during John C. Fremont’s second expedition. As the westward movement continued, trading posts, immigrant and prospector trails, stagecoach lines and stage stations, wagon roads, and railroads marked the expansion. Those features are shown on the map, along with towns, forts, military and civilian camps and reservations.
Included with the Leadville map is a 90- page booklet containing the history of Leadville, along with references to the pictures and trails used on the map. The book also includes a list and location of roads that were established or proposed from 1859-1876 under General Assembly Session Laws. This map (Stock #116047) is available from any USGS Earth Science Information Center (ESIC) for $7.00 plus $5.00 shipping and handling. To place an order, call the ESIC offices at 1-888-ASK-USGS, or visit: http://www.usgs.gov. Orders may also be placed through the USGS Store at: http://store.usgs.gov. Contributed by Sheryle Girk-Jackson, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Census Bureau Announces Sensitive Data Policy
The U.S. Census Bureau recently announced that it was implementing new procedures regarding the release of potentially sensitive data to law enforcement agencies, organizations and individuals. Effective immediately, all special tabulations of data requested by a federal, state or local law enforcement agency or intelligence agency will require prior approval by the appropriate Associate Director at the Bureau whenever the request involves sensitive populations, including minority groups. Until now, requests for special tabulations have been reviewed only if the Bureau was reimbursed for the work, usually by non-governmental organizations, businesses or individuals. Most tabulations for government agencies, including law enforcement offices, did not require reimbursement, and were not reviewed. Under the new policy, all requests for special tabulations will undergo the same review process. The new policy defines sensitive populations to include children, limited and non-English speaking persons, non-citizens, prisoners, impoverished and terminally ill patients, and small minority groups.
Special tabulations are aggregated statistics that can only be produced from confidential information, which are then modified into anonymous public data files. The policy change also affects extracts, which merely reformats data or statistics derived from existing Census information. Effective immediately, individuals or organizations requesting extracts will be advised to obtain the information from the Bureau’s Web site. The Bureau will provide assistance in navigating the Bureau’s Web-based tools such as American FactFinder. When this is impractical, Census Bureau staffers will be permitted to generate the requested data, but will ask for the name and affiliation of the person requesting the information. If the requestor is from a law enforcement office or intelligence agency, and/or the request involves a sensitive population, the request must first be approved by a senior Census Bureau official.
Accessing BLM Land Use Records
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently announced the deployment of two new Web-based data tools within its GeoCommunicator website. The tools, which provide information on Land and Mineral Use Records and Federal Land Stewardship, are part of the BLM’s E-Government initiative, GeoCommunicator (http://www.geocommunicator.gov). GeoCommunicator is a web site for the distribution of spatial data from the BLM’s Land and Minerals Records System and the joint BLM-U.S. Forest Service U.S. National Integrated Land System (NILS).
The Land and Mineral Use Records tool allows users to search, locate, access, and display BLM mineral, land and grazing rights records. This is the first time the land and mineral use record and mining claim data has been available from the BLM. At present, the application contains mining claims and oil and gas parcels only. More data will be made available each with time.
The Federal Land Stewardship tool, a part of the NILS solution allows users to search, locate, and display the federal land management boundaries for federal lands in the United States. The browser-based viewer can be used to graphically or textually locate the federal land of interest. Users can select by township and range, latitude and longitude, federal land name, or by drawing a box on a map. The results of the search will display the selected area with symbolized boundaries that indicate the federal surface management agencies responsible for the federal lands. Users can view or “stream” live data directly to their desktop for use in GIS applications. The data represents the "best available" seamless source of the federal surface management agency boundaries. Much of the BLM data has been snapped to the Public Land Survey System making it more accurate than previous versions of the data layers.
For more information on GeoCommunicator or NILS contact: Leslie Cone, BLM L&RPO Project Manager WO-330D, P.O. Box 25047, Denver, CO 80225, (303) 236-0815, Email: email@example.com.
BLM Provides Access to Historical Images
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has created a photographic database web site from which the public may view, print, and download historical digital images from the agency’s digital photo library. The historical site may be accessed on the internet through BLM’s photo database at http://www.photos.blm.gov. The new site is designed to provide access to more than 2,500 historical multiple-use images from BLM’s public lands.
The BLM’s historical photo library contains images from across the United States from 1890-1970. Many of the images highlight traditional activities found on the public lands such as grazing and mining. In addition, photos of covered wagons, homesteading, and surveying of the West can also be accessed. The BLM continues to digitize photographs and slides in response to public demand for the agency’s images. The website offers these historical images in two formats: a low-resolution, 72-dots-per-inch (72-dpi) image in the Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG) format or a high-resolution, 300-dpi image in the Tagged-Image File Format (TIFF).
The historical photographs are stored as either 5"x7" or 8"x10" images, depending on the size of the original image. All other images contained in the main photo library are saved in JPEG format to 300 dpi and stored as a 5”x7" image. All images either in the historical or main photo library can be downloaded free of charge. In the upcoming months, the BLM will continue to add thousands of archival and historical images to the photo library.
CIA World Factbook 2004
The CIA World Factbook 2004 has been mounted on the CIA web site. The Factbook contains new country information that was been updated as of October 5, 2004. It also contains new information on Internet hosts (which replaces Internet Service Providers (ISPs)), Merchant marine information, which now contains information on foreign-owned vessels and those registered in other countries. In addition, several individual country maps have been revised. For more information see: http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/.
Interim FGDC Homeland Security Guidelines
The Homeland Security Working Group of the Federal Geographic Data Committee developed Guidelines for Providing Appropriate Access to Geospatial Data in Response to Security Concerns to standardize government agencies approach to identifying data sets that have sensitive content and to provide appropriate access to such information. The interim version of the guidelines is available at http://www.fgdc.gov/fgdc/homeland/revised_access_guidelines.pdf. This version is based on comments received during a public review held from May 3 through June 2, 2004. A document summarizing comments received during the public review and responses to the comments is available at: http://www.fgdc.gov/fgdc/homeland/response_to_comments.pdf. The working group is submitting the guidelines for adoption by the FGDC Steering Committee. The Guidelines are based on the RAND Corporation report Mapping the Risks: Assessing the Homeland Security Implications of Publicly Available Geospatial Information (Report # MG-142), which is available at: http://www.rand.org/publications/MG/MG142/.
National Academy Report on Data Licensing
Geospatial data are used in all sectors of society to support a variety of applications ranging from emergency response to land-use planning to location-based services. In the past, government agencies typically acquired ownership of such data from private-sector and other data producers and distributed these data without restriction. Licensing, whereby the producers restrict redistribution, has emerged as an alternative business model that agencies must now consider among a suite of procurement options. This report highlights licensing perspectives, experiences of major stakeholder groups and examines the pros and cons of licensing. It concludes that licensing may be a viable option in some instances and advises agencies on how to best serve societal interests. A pre-publication version of the report can be read online at: http://books.nap.edu/catalog/11079.html.
Depository Library Public Access Workstation Specifications
The 2004 version of Recommended Specifications for Public Access Workstations in Federal Depository Libraries were published in the July 15/August 15 edition of Administrative Notes (http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/fdlp/pubs/adnotes/ad0715081504.html#8). The recommended specifications (RS) are intended to assist depository librarians who are planning purchases of new computers (PCs) for public use in Federal depository libraries. This document supersedes the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) "2003 Recommended Specifications for Public Access Workstations in Federal Depository Libraries" (Administrative Notes, v. 24, no. 7, June 15, 2003). The Specifications also contain information on computer requirements for use with GIS. These are shown after the words “For Cartographic Data Use.” These specifications will become requirements October 1, 2005.
Waldseemüller Map Available Online
Martin Waldseemüller’s 1507 world map, which was recently acquired by the Library of Congress, can be viewed online at http://www.loc.gov/rr/geogmap/waldexh.html. The map was developed during the first decade of the sixteenth century, and is the result of a project to document and update new geographic knowledge derived from the discoveries of the late fifteenth and the first years of the sixteenth centuries. Waldseemüller’s large world map was the most exciting product of the project, and included data gathered during Amerigo Vespucci’s voyages of 1501–1502 to the New World. Waldseemüller christened the new lands "America" in recognition of Vespucci ’s understanding that a new continent had been uncovered as a result of the voyages of Columbus and other explorers in the late fifteenth century. This is the only known surviving copy of the first printed edition of the map, which, it is believed, consisted of 1,000 copies.
Waldseemüller’s map supported Vespucci’s revolutionary concept by portraying the New World as a separate continent, which until then was unknown to the Europeans. It was the first map, printed or manuscript, to depict clearly a separate Western Hemisphere, with the Pacific as a separate ocean. The map represented a huge leap forward in knowledge, recognizing the newly found American landmass and forever changing the European understanding of a world divided into only three parts—Europe, Asia, and Africa.
NARA Names Two Companies to Design an Electronic Archives
In August, Archivist of the United States John W. Carlin announced that Lockheed Martin, Transportation and Security Solutions Division and Harris Corporation, Government Communications Systems Division will lead an effort to design a solution to preserve electronic information for the National Archives. These contracts, valued at $20.1 million, are for one year, at the end of which, the National Archives will select one of these two contractors to build the Electronic Records Archives, a system that will capture electronic information, regardless of its format, save it permanently, and make it accessible on whatever hardware or software is currently in use. The contract, it is potentially worth hundreds of millions of dollars with countless implications for individuals, private businesses, and government organizations alike.
The companies are being asked to: develop an architecture which addresses all of the National Archives requirements and design a system which can be implemented and evolve over time; demonstrate that they have the technical know-how to build the system on time, according to specifications and within budget; show how they would help the Archives achieve its performance objectives; and link the awards they could receive to those achievements.
Census of Agriculture Quick Stats
The United States Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) has released the Quick Stats containing 2002 Census of Agriculture data on the Internet. Quick Stats is an Online Agricultural Statistics Data Base that provides access to significant U.S. and State information. It provides the ability to query by commodity, State(s) and county(s). The query dataset can be downloaded for use in a database, spreadsheet or GIS. Census of Agriculture datasets include farm numbers, land in farms, average size of farms, economic, crop and livestock production.
Also included in Quick Stats are datasets on other surveys and reports published by NASS. County level queries are limited to five years because the dataset may be very large. Some commodities have historical data back to1866. Quick Stats is available at http://www.nass.usda.gov/census/. Production, economic, demographic and environmental facts about U. S. agriculture are provided through regularly scheduled weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual reports. For additional agricultural information, visit NASS online at http://www.usda.gov/nass for aggregate facts and figures.
NGA Awards NextView Contract
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) today announced that ORBIMAGE Inc, of Dulles, VA would receive a contract for NextView. This contract will assure the availability of high-resolution imagery from the next series of U.S. commercial imagery satellites and enhances the partnership between the U.S. Government and the remote-sensing industry. In addition, the contract affords greater access and priority, advanced capability and improved capacity to government customers. The agreement will allow NGA to participate in the development cycle for the next generation of U.S. commercial satellite imaging capabilities and provides ORBIMAGE with long-term commitments and capital for its satellite development.
The NextView ORBIMAGE agreement seeks to assure access, priority tasking rights, volume (area coverage) and broad licensing terms for sharing imagery with all potential mission partners. This agreement will further transform how NGA provides geospatial intelligence by assuring availability of 0.5-meter commercial imagery.
Great Sand Dunes Named National Park
Great Sand Dunes National Monument gained National Park status on September 13, 2004 when Secretary of the Interior Gale A. Norton signed documents creating the Nation’s 58th national park. The new park is in Southern Colorado’s San Luis Valley near the Sangre De Cristo Mountains. At the same time, Secretary Norton also announced the creation of the new Baca National Wildlife Refuge adjacent to the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. Both actions were made possible when the Department of the Interior last Friday reached agreement on acquisition and management of the 97,000 acre Baca Ranch. Some 31,000 acres of the Baca Ranch will become part of the new Great Sand Dunes National Park. The remaining land will be transferred to the Baca National Wildlife Refuge.
Norton’s action today implemented a law authorizing the Secretary to create the Sand Dunes National park once it was determined that “sufficient land having a sufficient diversity of resources” warranted a national park designation.
Creation of this new national park will help protect the ecosystem in the region, including groundwater. The San Luis Valley benefits from groundwater that is close to the surface. Others sought this water and the Baca Ranch became a focal point of this controversy. The citizens of San Luis Valley united in opposition to efforts to export Baca Ranch water out of the valley. Through court fights and other efforts, the citizens of San Luis Valley successfully protected the water beneath the dunes for the short term. Valley citizens also looked for a way to permanently protect the dunes and wetlands. This led to the enactment of the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve Act, which expanded the park boundaries by 70,000 acres and transferred land from the U.S. Forest Service to the National Park Service. It authorized the government to purchase lands and land rights within the monument and required the federal government to follow state procedures in establishing water rights.
New Arizona Maps Released by AZGS
The Arizona Geological Survey has recently released several large-scale geologic maps in their Contributed Maps Series. They include:
Geologic map of the Phoenix Mountains, central Arizona: J.K. Johnson, S.J. Reynolds, and D.A. Jones, 2003, Arizona Geological Survey Contributed Map 04-A (CM 04-A), v. 1.0 (formerly Digital Geologic Map 28), CDROM or print. Cost: $15.00 plus shipping and handling for print or CD-ROM.
Geologic map of the Grasshopper Junction SE 7.5’ Quadrangle, Mohave County, Arizona: R.J. Varga, 2001, Arizona Geological Survey Contributed Map 04-B (CM 04-B), v. 1.0, CDROM or print. Cost: $15.00 plus shipping and handling for print or CD-ROM.
Geologic map of the northern Hualapai Mountains, Mohave County, Arizona: B.R. Siwiec, 2004, Arizona Geological Survey Contributed Map 04-C (CM 04-C), CD-ROM or print. Cost: $10.00 plus shipping and handling (CD-ROM) or $7.00 plus shipping and handling (paper).
Geologic maps and cross sections of selected areas in the Rawhide and Buckskin Mountain, La Paz and Mohave counties Arizona: R.J. Scott, 2004, Arizona Geological Survey Contributed Map 04-D (CM 04-D), CD-ROM or Print. Cost: $15.00 plus shipping and handling (CD-ROM) or $58.00 plus shipping and handling (paper).
They can be obtained from AZGS Publications, 416 W. Congress St., Suite 100, Tucson, AZ 85701. Orders are shipped by UPS, which requires a street address for delivery. All mail orders must be prepaid by a check or money order payable in U.S. dollars to the Arizona Geological Survey or by Master Card or VISA.
New & Revised Seismic Maps for California
Because the State Mining and Geology Board (SMGB) adopted revisions to the Liquefaction Hazard Zones section of the Recommended Criteria for Delineating Seismic Hazard Zones in California (California Geological Survey (CGS) Special Publication 118), the California Geological Survey has revised the Official Seismic Hazard Zone Maps that cover the central basin area of Antelope Valley. The revised maps cover the Alpine Butte Quadrangle, Del Sur Quadrangle, Lancaster East Quadrangle, Lancaster West Quadrangle and Rosamond Quadrangle. These maps had been held in abeyance since February and April, 2003 pending the approval of the revised criteria.
On October 19, 2004, SHMP released three Official Seismic Hazard Zone Maps in the San Francisco Bay area: Milpitas Quadrangle, Morgan Hill Quadrangle and Niles Quadrangle. Digital data as well as downloadable maps are available on the SHZM website http://gmw.consrv.ca.gov/shmp/index.htm.
New Geologic Maps of IdahoThe Idaho Geological Survey has released several new maps in their Digital Web Maps (DWM), Geologic Map (GM) and Technical Reports series. They include the geologic map of the Scotchman Peak Quadrangle, Bonner County, Idaho (DWM-24), Clark Fork Quadrangle, Bonner County, Idaho (DWM-25), Hope Quadrangle, Bonner County, Idaho (DWM-26), Craigmont Quadrangle, Lewis and Idaho Counties, Idaho (DWM-27), Nez Perce Quadrangle, Lewis and Idaho Counties, Idaho (DWM-28), Cottonwood Quadrangle, Idaho County, Idaho (DWM-29), Gifford Quadrangle, Nez Perce County, Idaho (GM-36), Lamb Peak Quadrangle and Part of the Spyglass Peak Quadrangle, Kootenai and Shoshone Counties, Idaho (T-04-1), Bumblebee Peak Quadrangle Part of the Steamboat Creek Quadrangle, Kootenai and Shoshone Counties, Idaho (T-04-2) and Henderson Creek Quadrangle, Oneida County, Idaho (T-04-3). All of these maps and reports can be viewed online or plotted in color from their web site at: http://www.idahogeology.org/Products/reverselook.asp?switch=newmaps. Some of the maps can also be ordered from Publication Sales, Idaho Geological Survey, University of Idaho, PO Box 443014, Moscow, ID 83844-3014, Telephone: (208) 885-7991, Fax (208) 885-5826, University of Idaho Toll Free 1-888-884-3246.
New Geologic Maps of Nevada
The Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology has recently released several new geologic maps. They include Geologic map of the Big Bald Mountain Quadrangle and part of the Tognini Spring Quadrangle, White Pine County, Nevada (M145, Cost $12.00 folded or rolled) and Geologic map of the Verdi Peak Quadrangle, Elko County, Nevada (M147, Cost $16.00 folded or rolled). These maps can be obtained through the NBMG online sales site (http://www.nbmg.unr.edu/sales/pbs.htm), or the NBMG Publication Sales office, Mail Stop 178, Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, University of Nevada, Reno, NV 89557-0088, Telephone 775-784-6691 ext. 2, fax 775-784-1709. Shipping and handling charges will also be applied to orders.
New Map of Butte, Montana
The Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology recently released a new full-color, glossy wall map, titled Butte, Montana, Richest Hill on Earth: 100 Years of Underground Mining, by Ted Duaime, Patrick Kennelly, and Paul Thale, in their Miscellaneous Contribution series (MC 19). The map is a compilation of previously unpublished historical information about the underground mines in Butte as mapped by the Anaconda Mining Company. The 10,000 miles of underground workings can be seen, broken down by depth, over a base map of Butte with modern roads and landmarks. The names and locations of 74 major mines are included, and symbols show existing headframes as of 2004. The publication also includes a 3D cross section of the various mine levels under the Berkeley Pit, and interpretive text and figures. The map is available for $10.00 plus $4.50 shipping & handling from Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology, Publications Office, Montana Tech of The University of Montana, 1300 West Park Street, Butte, MT 59701-8997.
New Maps from Utah Geological Survey
The Utah Geological Survey has recently released a number of maps in print and on CD-ROM. They include:
Oil and gas fields of Utah, by Thomas C. Chidsey, Jr., Sharon Wakefield, Bradley G. Hill, and Michael Hebertson, scale 1:700,000, CD, M-203DM $24.95 (paper plot available for $19.95)
Geothermal resources of Utah - 2004: A digital atlas of Utah's geothermal resources, compiled by Robert E. Blackett and Sharon Wakefield, OFR-431 $14.95
Interim geologic map of the Curlew Valley drainage basin, Box Elder County, Utah, and Cassia and Oneida Counties, Idaho, by Hugh A. Hurlow, 34 p., 1 pl. 1:100,000, OFR-436 $9.95
Earthquake fault map of a portion of Cache County, Utah, PI-83 free
Earthquake fault map of a portion of Tooele County, Utah, PI-84 free
Earthquake fault map of a portion of Washington County, Utah, PI-85 free
Geologic postcard of Utah, by Grant Willis, $0.35
Geologic map of the Wah Wah North 30' x 60' quadrangle and part of the Garrison 30' x 60' quadrangle, southwest Millard County and part of Beaver County, Utah, by Lehi F. Hintze and Fitzhugh D. Davis, CD scale 1:100,000, M-207DM $19.95
Several of the maps above have also been released on CD-ROMs that contain GIS data. They include Oil and gas fields of Utah, M-203DM ($24.95), Geothermal resources of Utah - 2004: A digital atlas of Utah's geothermal resources, (OFR-431 $14.95), Geologic map of the Wah Wah North 30' x 60' quadrangle and part of the Garrison 30' x 60' quadrangle, southwest Millard County and part of Beaver County, Utah (M-207DM $19.95) and Oil and gas fields of Utah (M-203DM $24.95). Some of these maps can also be viewed online. For more information or to order these publications, contact the Natural Resources Map & Bookstore, P.O. Box 146100, Salt Lake City, UT 84114-6100, Phone: 1.888.UTAHMAP or 801.537.3320, Fax: 801.537.3395, or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Washington State Landslide Inventory and Maps Released
The Washington Division of Geology & Earth Resources recently issued a report titled Digital landslide inventory for the Cowlitz County urban corridor—Kelso to Woodland (Coweeman River to Lewis River), Cowlitz County, Washington, by K. W. Wegmann. This report consists of a GIS inventory of landslides as ArcView shapefiles. It also contains a Microsoft Access database, a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet version of the database, digital photographs of individual landslides, associated metadata, 1:24,000-scale landslide inventory maps for 7.5-minute quadrangles in the inventory area, and a 20 p. text. The report is available on 1 CD-ROM from the Washington State Department of Printing General Store (http://www.prt.wa.gov/) for $1.00.
The inventory includes specific information about each landslide, such as the level of certainty that the mapped feature is a slide, inferred state of activity derived from geomorphologic and engineering data, slide dimensions, landslide type, geologic unit(s) involved, affected infrastructure, and whether or not the slide was previously identified in geotechnical reports or earlier landslide inventories. The inventory map and relational database are publicly available, and are intended to be of use for a variety of state, county, and city land-use planning and development purposes. The inventory is an initial baseline for future site-specific landslide-related studies. It is not intended to be detailed enough to replace site-specific investigations by qualified (licensed) geologists and engineering geologists.
In addition to this report, the DGER also has released several maps as Open File Reports, which are available online. These maps include Tsunami hazard map of the Bellingham area, Washington (OFR 2004-15), and geologic maps of the Elwha and Angeles Point 7.5-minute quadrangles and Port Angeles and Ediz Hook 7.5-minute quadrangles, in Clallam County, the Washington portions of the Liberty Lake 7.5-minute quadrangle and the south half of the Newman Lake 7.5-minute quadrangle and Greenacres 7.5-minute quadrangle in Spokane County, the Summit Lake 7.5-minute quadrangle in Thurston and Mason Counties, and the Stimson Hill 7.5-minute quadrangle in Skagit and Snohomish Counties. These Open File Reports are available online at http://www.dnr.wa.gov/geology/pubs/pubs_ol.htm, or can be purchased through the Washington State Department of Printing General Store (http://www.prt.wa.gov/) for $1.00 (CD-ROM) or $7.50 (paper).
New Wyoming Geologic Maps Available
The Wyoming State Geological Survey (WSGS) recently released a number of digital geologic quadrangle maps that were, with one exception, funded through STATEMAP, a cooperative mapping program with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the WSGS. The plotted color maps are available for sale (rolled only). The maps are produced at a scale of 1:100,000 and include both surficial geologic maps and bedrock geologic maps; some bedrock geologic maps were previously released by the USGS and WSGS as printed maps. The surficial geologic maps show slightly consolidated to unconsolidated geologic materials of relatively recent age that overlie consolidated bedrock and were deposited by streams and rivers, landslides, mudflows, or debris flows, glaciers, and wind. Some of these deposits are thin veneers that could probably be removed or scraped off with earth-moving equipment.
The surficial geologic maps cover the Midwest 30 X 60 minute quadrangle (Open File Report (OFR) 03-5), the Basin 30 X 60 minute quadrangle (OFR 03-6), the Bill 30 X 60 minute quadrangle (OFR 03-7), the Nowater Creek 30 X 60 minute quadrangle (OFR 04-3), and the Chugwater 30 X 60 minute quadrangle (OFR 04-4). Bedrock geologic maps emphasize consolidated and lithified geologic materials such as named formations and other formal and informal geologic units. These maps show only the thickest surficial deposits where they dominate or completely obscure the bedrock units. In general, the bedrock units which underlie the surficial deposits shown on these maps can be inferred from adjacent outcrops, mapped structures, and other features. Recently produced bedrock geologic maps cover the Nowater Creek (WSGS Map Series MS-39), Buffalo (MS-59), Recluse (MS-60), Kaycee (MS-63), Kinney Rim (OFR 04-5), Evanston (OFR 04-6), and Kemmerer (OFR 04-7) 30 X 60 minute quadrangles.
The maps were all prepared using ESRI’s ArcGIS mapping software; digital versions of each map on CD-ROM are available. The digital data consist of ESRI¨ Shapefiles, GIS files that can be viewed using ESRI’s ArcReader or ArcExplorer software, PDF files that can be read using Adobe’s Acrobat Reader, and a viewable map image that can be read by Lizardtech’s MrSID Geo Viewer software. Complete documentation and metadata is supplied. Each color, plotted map sells for $25.00 plus $6.00 for shipping and handling; The maps are available over the counter at the WSGS Publications Sales Office in Laramie or can be ordered from the WSGS via phone, fax, or Email. Their address is Wyoming State Geological Survey, P.O. Box 1347, Laramie, WY, 82073, Telephone: 307 766-2286, Fax: 307 766-2605. The WSGS now accepts orders paid by Visa/MasterCard credit cards.
Earth Sciences Librarian and Bibliographer, Branner Earth Sciences Library and Map Collections, The Stanford University Libraries/Academic Information Resources Stanford, California 94305-6004 - The Stanford University Libraries seek an energetic, intellectually engaged subject specialist with training in an Earth Sciences discipline to develop and manage collections supporting the following academic areas: Earth Sciences, Geophysics, Petroleum Engineering, and Earth Systems. The Librarian works closely with faculty and advanced students to facilitate research and encourages the use of Stanford's rich holdings of subject materials through collection development activities, advanced reference help, and bibliographic instruction.
The Librarian is a member of the Science and Engineering Resource Group and participates actively in the Group's programs. The Librarian reports to the Head of Branner Earth Sciences Library and Map Collections, but also maintains effective working connections with many other units. The ability to work flexibly and personably with a wide range of colleagues and to negotiate skillfully a complex academic environment is indispensable.
The position requires demonstrated subject interest; desire to work in a research library; and a master's degree from an ALA-accredited library and information science school or the equivalent in training and experience. Preference will be given applications received by October 15, 2004.
Full position description, including detailed responsibilities, qualifications, compensation and benefits, as well as the electronic procedures to apply are available at: http://jobs.stanford.edu/openings/display.cgi?Job_Req=006144&JFam=NIL&JOBCODE=1592. Applications through the regular mail are also welcome and can be sent to the address below. (Note that you must also apply using the online form even when sending an application through the mail.) Carol Olsen, Director of Human Resources, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-3090
Science Reference Librarian, Assistant or Associate Librarian, Assistant Librarian I- Associate Librarian II, University of California, Santa Cruz. Approximate salary range of $37,920-$46,008, (salary and level commensurate with experience and qualifications). Position Available: December 1, 2004.
The Science & Engineering Library of the University of California, Santa Cruz, seeks an enterprising, client-oriented science reference librarian to focus in the physical sciences and/or engineering. The librarian will join a dynamic, collegial team in the Science & Engineering Library (http://library.ucsc.edu/science/) and will work in a collaborative and supportive environment. UC Santa Cruz science librarians are expected to balance a wide range of service-oriented activities including reference services, teaching information literacy skills, collection development, while working with diverse populations of students.
Position and Responsibilities: Under the direction of the Head of the S&E Library, the successful candidate is primarily responsible for supporting the teaching and research information needs of UCSC students, faculty, and staff in science and engineering. The successful candidate participates in scheduled reference service at the main S&E Library reference desk and in the Map Room, including evening and weekend rotations; conducts formal and informal library orientation and instruction in the use of print and electronic resources and participates in an active library instruction program; serves as a subject specialist in one or more physical science and/or engineering disciplines; establishes and maintains personal and electronic communications with students, faculty, and staff in area of specialization; identifies, evaluates, and selects information resources including print, electronic, and Internet resources that support UCSC teaching and research needs; monitors appropriate library collection budgets; maintains and enhances positive, effective and collaborative working relationships with library colleagues, faculty, staff and students.
This position reports to the Head of Science and Engineering Library and is represented by the UC-AFT (American Federation of Teachers). All UCSC librarians are members of the Librarians Association of the University of California (LAUC). Librarians are expected to be professionally active outside of the library, and participate in library-wide activities, including administrative committees and special projects.
Qualifications: Required: Master's degree from an ALA-accredited program or equivalent; a strong commitment to public service; excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to create and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues and library patrons individually and in groups; familiarity with science and engineering print and electronic reference resources; knowledge of collection development in the sciences and engineering; demonstrated ability to create and edit documents on the World Wide Web; familiarity with current trends and issues in library technology and information resources.
Preferred: Academic reference experience; professional or educational background in the sciences or engineering; experience as a science or engineering subject specialist in an academic setting; experience providing maps reference services and working with cartographic materials.
Application Process: Applicants should supply a letter of application which includes a complete statement of their qualifications, a resume of their education and experience, as well as the names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of three (3) references who are knowledgeable about their qualifications for the position. First consideration of applications begins October 4th and continues until the position is filled. The campus is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their research, teaching, and/or service. All letters and documents should be addressed to: University Library, Room 320, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 Please refer to position T05-08 in your reply. Phone: (831) 459-2076 Fax: (831) 459-8206 email: email@example.com.
Map/GIS Librarian, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, OR. The University of Oregon Libraries seeks an enthusiastic, creative, and user-oriented colleague for the position of the David and Nancy Petrone MAP/GIS Librarian. The incumbent in this endowed position will manage the Libraries' Map and Aerial Photography (MAP) Collection, lead its geographic information system (GIS) program, and participate in a wide range of services and professional responsibilities in a dynamic environment. The MAP Collection, with 400,000 maps, 500,000 air photos, and numerous GIS datasets, has one of the largest collections of geographic resources in the country and is used heavily by researchers on campus and within the Pacific Northwest. Special areas of strength include maps of the western U.S., Americas and Europe, aerial photography of Oregon from 1929 to the present, and 4,000 atlases and reference books.
Responsibilities: This position has primary responsibility for the Library's Map and Aerial Photography Collection, and for implementation of the Library's GIS program. The GIS program consists of data collection and dissemination, development of the Library's GIS website, collaboration in campus-wide GIS activities, and relevant user education services. As subject specialist in the fields of Geography and Cartography, this position is responsible for developing the collections in those fields, and for liaison with the university's Geography Department. This position reports to the Head of the Document Center, and participates in providing reference service in that department's areas of coverage: maps and air photos, government information, and business information. Library faculty members develop curricula and teach credit courses and non-credit workshops in their areas of expertise and for general library instruction. The position supervises 1.0 FTE support staff member and various student employees.
Qualifications: REQUIRED: ALA-accredited MLIS degree or relevant master's degree; knowledge of map librarianship; knowledge of GIS services and experience with GIS software such as ArcView; high degree of computer literacy and interest in new technologies and their applications in academic libraries; excellent communication skills and potential to excel as an instructor. PREFERRED: degree in a discipline that emphasizes spatial data, such as geography, earth sciences, or land use planning; demonstrated professional development activity; previous supervisory or lead work experience.
Salary & Benefits: $34,000 minimum depending on prior experience, education, and/or rank. Benefits include family and domestic partners medical/dental plans (Blue Shield/Blue Cross). Retirement is fully paid by the state. No state sales tax. Vacation is accrued at the rate of 15 hours per month, sick leave at 8 hours per month. Low staff tuition rates are available for employees and family members for continuing education throughout the Oregon University System. Librarians hold academic faculty status with rank, but are non-tenured. Professional growth and service in keeping with university and library standards for promotion and retention is expected.
Application Deadline: Applications received by 5:00 p.m., October 15, 2004, will receive priority consideration.
To Apply: Electronic applications (in the form of Word documents) are strongly encouraged, but should be followed by a hard copy with signatures. Send cover letter, resume, and names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of four references to: Ms. Laine Stambaugh, Director, Library Human Resources, 1299 University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, OR 97403-1299. (541) 346-1895 (voice); (541) 346-3485 (fax); firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, see: http://libweb.uoregon.edu/admnpers/mapgis04.html. The University of Oregon is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/ADA-compliant institution strongly committed to cultural diversity.
Map & Geospatial Data Librarian, The University of Connecticut Libraries, (Search #05A030). Under the general direction of the Head of the Research and Information Services Area, the Map & Geospatial Data Librarian is responsible for the overall management of the Map Library—the Map and Geographic Information Center (MAGIC)—including planning for and implementing programs and services relating to map, cartography, remote sensing, GIS and geospatial data resources in all formats. The incumbent develops, maintains, and preserves the Map Library book, sheet map, atlas, aerial photography, and geospatial data research collections, and serves as the library liaison to the Department of Geography and related centers and institutes. The incumbent coordinates and cultivates the Libraries’ collection of geospatial data as well as access to geospatial data worldwide and works collaboratively with Information Technology Services staff to develop innovative geospatial data services onsite. The incumbent participates in the programs and services of the Research and Information Services Area, including general reference and information services and the development of knowledge access and knowledge management tools, and serves on at least one of the Area’s program development teams. The incumbent participates in the general programs of the library, the university community, related programs of the State of Connecticut, and engages in relevant professional activities. Regular evening and weekend hours are required.
Minimum qualifications include: ALA accredited graduate level degree; undergraduate or graduate specialization in geography or other relevant geo/social science; strong motivation and enthusiasm for academic library reference work; demonstrated knowledge of maps, cartography, and the application of geospatial information; demonstrated knowledge of and experience with cartographic and geospatial computer softwares (e.g. ArcGIS, GRASS, MapInfo, etc.) and their application in libraries; and excellent instruction skills.
Preferred qualifications include: Advanced degree in geography, related social or geo science, or Certificate in GIS; demonstrated success in map and geospatial data librarianship; demonstrated success in academic liaison work; demonstrated success in reference service, instruction, and collection development in an academic or research library; and certified ESRI training, particularly with a focus on ArcSDE, ArcIMS, and Geodatabases.
Compensation: The hiring range for this position is $45,000 - $68,585. University benefits include 22 paid vacation days/year, 12 paid State holidays, health and retirement plans, and tuition reimbursement.
Application Procedures: Submit a letter of application, resume, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three professional references to Deborah Stansbury Sunday, Administrative Librarian, University of Connecticut Libraries, 369 Fairfield Road,Unit 2005, Storrs, CT 06269-2005. Screening will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The University of Connecticut has a strong commitment to diversity and seeks a broad spectrum of candidates. For more information about the University of Connecticut, the University Libraries or for a complete position description, please visit our web page at http://www.lib.uconn.edu/about/recruitment.
Coordinator for Digitial Initiatives, The University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City, Iowa. Position Description: The Coordinator for Digital Initiatives (CDI) provides leadership, coordination and advice for digital library activities within the University of Iowa Libraries and, in collaboration with the campus community, for the University as a whole. Reporting to the Director for Collections and Content Development, the CDI works closely with information technology units on campus and in the Libraries, and with collection management, preservation, technical services and other library staff in developing and expanding digital library activities. The CDI collaborates with other units and departments on campus to offer advice and assistance for digital initiatives. The CDI works closely with other library units to ensure that the full range of library expertise and resources are utilized in building and managing digital collections. The CDI also works closely with academic units across the University to identify, convert, preserve, and share digital objects; identifies assets in need of services, develops relationships with those responsible for managing such assets, and shares expertise about archiving and metadata with the campus; and seeks opportunities for statewide, national, and international partnerships.
The CDI manages the budget of the unit, coordinates and implements projects, and seeks external funding sources to continue the unit’s work; collaborates with appropriate technology staff to integrate the work of the digital initiatives unit with the digital library architecture of the Libraries and University.
The CDI participates in the larger digital library community by actively exploring questions related to digital repositories, and works to share that knowledge through professional service, presentations, publications, and other means.
Context: The Coordinator for Digital Initiatives will oversee a digital initiatives unit that is expected to further the creation of and access to research and scholarly material in digital form from across the University of Iowa, both born digital objects and physical objects captured in digital form. The unit will support in-house and externally contracted digitization services, and seek to provide the best quality and most sustainable digital objects or surrogates possible at a reasonable cost. In collaboration with subject specialists, staff from Academic Technologies, and others, the unit will offer expertise and services to departments, labs, and centers of the University, in support of the creation, collection, archiving, and dissemination of digital content. To ensure high quality access to the digital objects, the CDI works with other Libraries staff to develop metadata standards for digital assets and share them with the campus through documentation, training, and collaborative project planning. The CDI monitors and participates in national and international initiatives to ensure that local practice is compatible with emerging standards in the larger digital collections community.
Qualifications: Required: An ALA-accredited masters degree in library or information science, or the equivalent combination of advanced degree and relevant experience; demonstrated understanding of emerging standards in digital library systems and their application to digital repositories in academic settings; demonstrated involvement in relevant professional activities; familiarity with best practices for digitization, for metadata development and capture, and for archival storage of digital objects; ability to work in a complex organization, build and nurture a cross functional team, and collaborate with a wide variety of partners; ability to work well with faculty and other academic staff; excellent written and verbal communication skills; evidence of planning and project management skill.
Desired: Experience in obtaining external funding; two or more years of growing responsibility and accomplishment in digitization or digital repository development; experience partnering with diverse coalitions, experience in academic and/or research library environments; experience with the creation and capture of a wide variety of digital formats; familiarity with digital asset management tools such as DigiTool, ContentDM, etc.; experience with design and development of digital library architecture and tools; financial management experience.
Salary and appointment: Appointment will be made at the Librarian II, III, or IV level. The salary range is $40,000 – $70,000. The University of Iowa offers an attractive package of benefits including 24 days of paid vacation per year, TIAA/CREF retirement, and a flexible selection of medical, life, dental, and vision insurance, childcare credit, and additional options.
Application Procedures: Applications must be received by October 29, 2004. Qualified applicants should submit, via US Mail or e-mail, a letter of application, resume, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three references to: Susan Marks, Coordinator, Human Resources & Diversity Programs, University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City, IA, 52242-1420 (319-335-5871), email@example.com mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org. The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. For more information about the University of Iowa Libraries, see our website at http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/index.html.
Coordinator of GIS Systems and Numeric Data Services, Kelvin Smith Library, Case Western Reserve University. The Kelvin Smith Library is a model information provider committed to excellence and providing collections of physical and virtual information resources and innovative information services. The library is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Center for Research Libraries and is a founding member of the Ohio Library and Information Network consortium, OhioLINK. The Library is seeking an innovative, creative and future-oriented professional to join its staff. Coordinator of GIS Systems and Numeric Data Services (Librarian Level III) (Job No. 5103)
Under the direction of the Deputy Director, the Coordinator will provide leadership and expertise in library-wide educational initiatives, particularly in the area of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), numeric and spatial data services and serves as a member of information service teams providing collection management, reference services, and information literacy instruction in a flexible, dynamic, service-oriented, collegial, organization. This individual is expected to establish and maintain close working partnerships with teaching faculty and community leaders in order to: 1) identify emerging service and instructional needs; 2) aggressively market library services and resources; and 3) undertake assessments of service quality.
The Coordinator is responsible for developing, shaping and providing leadership for a GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and numeric data program at the Kelvin Smith Library. The individual will work closely with the library’s technology and instructional support units to assess the numeric and spatial data needs of the campus and to deliver services to meet those needs. The Coordinator will serve as the primary collection management specialist in the area of statistical and geospatial data collection management and reference responsibilities. The individual will participate in reference assignments which include staffing library reference desk, designing Web-based information resources, assisting users with electronic and print resources and developing collections.
A minimum of five years relevant post MLS experience in a reference or public services position in an academic library, or comparable experience in an academic unit of a university, is required. An advanced degree (subject master’s degree) and appropriate certification and experience with GIS software may substitute for years of library experience. A minimum of two years experience in delivering consultation services and using networked resources is required. Experience in designing and maintaining web pages is required. Knowledge of Geographic Information System (GIS) software, spatial data, databases, data structures, and metadata standards is highly desirable. Experience with automated library systems in an academic library is preferred.
Required technical skills include Expertise in GIS software; Expertise to manage a group of networked high-end workstations for use with complex GIS software; Good technical knowledge of Windows and Macintosh operating environments; Knowledge of office productivity software packages required (e.g. Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft PowerPoint, etc.); Ability to use technology to perform related planning and administrative tasks; Experience with library systems and services such as online public access catalogs and online indexes and databases.
See http://library.case.edu/ksl/LibAdmin/jobs/joblist.html for a complete job description and requirements. SALARY AND BENEFITS: Comprehensive benefits package including tuition waiver. APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Submit letter of application, résumé, and names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three professional references to: Job #5103 Case Western Reserve University Department of Human Resources 10900 Euclid Avenue Cleveland, Ohio 44106-7047 Faxed to (216) 368-4678 or e-mailed to LGSsearch@case.edu. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. In employment as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to affirmative action and equal opportunity and encourages applications from traditionally underrepresented groups.
Reference/Map Librarian (REF#: F-1679-04-08), Stony Brook West Campus/HSC, $41,000 minimum dependent upon rank and qualifications
Required Qualifications: ALA-accredited MLS; knowledge of electronic databases, web-based information resources and related computer-based skills; excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communications skills.
Preferred Qualifications: Public services and teaching in an academic library; reference service for government information; Map librarianship and GIS; effective teaching skills.
Responsibilities & Requirements: Under the supervision of the Head of Reference Services the incumbent will be in charge of the Library's extensive and nationally recognized Map Collection, will provide GIS research and mapping services, and will be the subject specialist for Geosciences and other areas as assigned. In addition, the incumbent will be expected to provide 12 hours of reference service per week at the Main Reference Desk, including online and live chat reference and some half-day weekend shifts. The incumbent will also be part of the team that provides scheduled library instruction to all levels of users. The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment and creative approach to public service, strong interest in working with students and faculty and the ability to work both independently and in a team environment.
Special Notes: Tenure Track. Anticipated Start Date: 10/01/04, Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled, but those received by 09/14/04 will receive first consideration. Application Procedure: Send cover letter, resume and names of three references to: Ms. Germaine Hoynos, Assistant Director for Administrative Services, Main Library, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794-3300.
Digital Projects Librarian (Tenure Track/Assistant Professor), The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library (http://www.lib.umt.edu) of The University of Montana, Missoula, MT
The University of Montana seeks an entry-level user-oriented librarian to provide leadership in the implementation, coordination and management of library initiatives to develop, enhance, and deliver digital projects. This includes the development of a web-based interface to these collections and oversight of copyright issues. This position will work with the library> '> s Technology & Network Services personnel and Web Site Coordinator and the university> '> s Office of Information Technology to develop digital solutions to the university> '> s information and scholarly communication needs.
In collaboration with library and university faculty, this position will recommend acquisition and access to digital text collections and publications appropriate to research and teaching at The University of Montana; and will work collaboratively with colleagues on grants and other proposals related to digital initiatives for the library> '> s special collections, including regional history, government documents, archives, and maps.
As a Reference Librarian, the successful applicant will participate in all areas of general reference service as a member of the Reference Team. Some evening and weekend work will be required. The successful applicant will maintain liaison activities with assigned academic departments and work pro-actively to further integrate information literacy instruction into the curriculum, within the mission of the Library Instruction Program. >
Required: ALA-accredited library Master's degree obtained within the past three years. Excellent interpersonal communication, presentation, and organization skills. Ability to work both independently and collegially. Commitment to user focused services. Knowledge of and recent experience with traditional and electronic reference sources. Ability to learn and to apply new technologies quickly. Ability to handle multiple responsibilities in a changing environment. Potential for achieving tenure and promotion.
Preferred: Relevant experience in computer science, information systems, management information systems, education technology, or a related field. Familiarity with structured markup and scripting languages. Knowledge of metadata standards and best practices in digital projects.
Rank and Salary: Position is a 12-month, tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor. The University of Montana offers a comprehensive benefits package including TIAA CREF. Candidates applying by September 13, 2004 will be given first consideration. To apply, please submit, as email attachments or by mail, a letter of application, a resume, and contact information (including email) for three professional references to: Administrative Services c/o Digital Projects Librarian Screening Committee Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library The University of Montana 32 Campus Drive Missoula, MT 59812-9936 phone: (406) 243-6800 fax: (406) 243-6864 email: email@example.com
Cartographic Information Librarian, University of Illinois at Chicago Library The University of Illinois at Chicago Library seeks a dynamic and energetic librarian to provide reference, research consultation/user education services for cartographic material, as well as implementation of GIS applications within the library and the university community. Under the direction of the Head, Documents, Maps, and Microforms Department, the Map Librarian participates in building user-centered services and collections for a multi-disciplinary clientele. This position will also have primary responsibility for integrating GIS into the teaching and research needs of the University which consists of: data collection and dissemination; operation and maintenance of GIS hardware/software; and relevant user education services. Additional responsibilities include: collaboration with teaching departments in identifying needs for GIS applications and geospatial data; performing public services for campus and community patrons using the full collection of cartographic materials (maps, aerial photography, and atlases) held by the Library. Opportunities exist for general library instruction.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities: Provides reference, research consultation, and other forms of assistance to users on how to find, use, and understand cartographic materials and geospatial information. Provides course-related instruction and participates in other user education activities. This includes GIS. Works closely with primary users in a wide variety of academic areas including urban planning, history, earth sciences, public, administration, sociology, political science, architecture, social work, education, public health. Participates in collection development decisions for cartographic materials (maps, atlases, remote sensing images). Maintains current awareness of software, hardware, and data capabilities and availability, including Internet resources. Participates in planning, design, and maintenance of web pages that include specific information about cartographic resources and GIS. Creates local finding aids (property listings, remote sensing products, aerial photography, etc.). Works with other library units to assure consistent policies for the cataloging of maps and remote sensing imagery. Creates and reviews metadata for digital geospatial data. Serves on Library and University committees as appropriate. Maintains a broad understanding of Libraries' operations, policies, priorities and objectives and contributes to these as appropriate.
Minimum Qualifications: Masters degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association; two years of professional library experience or equivalent professional experience; demonstrated knowledge and experience with using GIS. This includes knowledge of computing technology, including geospatial data applications; demonstrated knowledge of maps and cartographic resources and their organization in an academic setting; experience in providing public service in an academic library setting in general, along with cartographic materials in particular. Excellent written and oral communication skills. The ability to interact positively and work productively with library colleagues. Academic background in earth sciences or geography, or experience in a field that utilizes cartographic materials; demonstrated knowledge of cataloging standards and practice concerning cartographic materials; public service experience with cartographic materials in a research library.
Additional Desirable Qualifications: Experience with staff training and/or user instruction; collection development experience; strong computer skills especially in a networked environment; web site design, development, and maintenance experience.
Salary/Rank/Contract: Salaries are competitive and based on education and experience; faculty appointments in the UIC Library begin at $40,000; faculty status; twelve month appointment; 24 days vacation; two weeks annual sick leave with additional disability benefits; 11 paid holidays; medical insurance (contribution based on annual salary; coverage for dependents may be purchased); a dental plan is available; life insurance paid for by the State; participation in one of the retirement options of the Illinois State Universities Retirement System compulsory (8% of salary is withheld and is tax exempt until withdrawal); no Social Security coverage but Medicare payment required; physical examination at University Health Service is required upon appointment.
For fullest consideration apply by November 5, 2004 with cover letter, supporting resume and the name and address of at least three references to: Annie Marie Ford, Director of Library Human Resources, University of Illinois at Chicago, Box 8198, Chicago, Illinois 60680, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Fax: (312) 413-0424. The University Of Illinois at Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
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