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WAML was organized in 1967 to encourage high standards in every phase of the organization and administration of map libraries by:
  • Providing a forum to discuss mutual concerns and interests;
  • Exchanging information on experiences, ideas and methods;
  • Encouraging higher production standards of map manufacturers;
  • Establishing and improving standards of professional service in this field.
  Meetings and Programs
WAML meetings are open to all interested individuals. Meetings are currently held once a year at different sites within the following western states and provinces: Alaska, Alberta, Arizona, British Columbia, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

See the Meetings page, which includes a list of future meetings, for conference information. Meetings include lectures, panel discussions, field trips, vendor displays, forums for exchanging information and duplicate materials, and social time with friends and colleagues.

Any person who appreciates or works with maps and cartographic information in print or digital formats is invited to join the Western Association of Map Libraries.

Member Dues: $45 US per year, July 1 - June 30.

Lifetime Member Dues: $500 US one-time payment.

Note: Memberships begin July 1.
To join WAML please pay by either:
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the WAML Membership Form and send it with a check (payable to WAML) to:

Greg Armento
University Library
California State University, Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90840-1901

The Western Association of Map Libraries (WAML) is excited to announce two WAML scholarships to attend the 2018 annual WAML conference: a Diversity Scholarship and an Early Career Librarian Scholarship. The conference will be held in San Diego, California on September 12-15, 2018. Each scholarship includes a stipend of $750 for costs related to the conference (lodging, travel, etc.), a one-year membership in WAML, and free conference registration and banquet ticket. Mentorship is an important component of these scholarships: each recipient will be paired with a mentor for the conference and the following year to help provide support and additional engagement.

Applicants do not need to be current WAML members or have registered for the 2018 conference in order to apply for either scholarship. Applicants may ask to be considered for one or both scholarships, but cannot receive both in the same year. The application deadline is Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 11:59 PM (PDT). Scholarship applicants will be notified of the results by early August.

To apply, please complete the application form which asks for basic information, as well as:
  • which scholarship(s) you are applying for
  • 2 short essay responses
  • a current CV or resume

  • Post-award requirements for scholarship recipients:
  • write a brief article for the WAML Information Bulletin about their experience attending the WAML conference or on some other map or GIS related topic.
    (The IB is the open-access publication of WAML with the goal of, "encouraging high standards in every phase of organization and administration of map and geospatial data libraries.")
  • serve on WAML scholarship committee for one year following award

  • Diversity Scholarship description and eligibility:
    The WAML Diversity Scholarship provides an opportunity for library-workers from historically under-represented racial, social, and/or class groups who are interested in map and geospatial librarianship to learn more about the profession, meet colleagues, and add new skills and knowledge. As an organization we believe that it is critical for our profession to reflect on and engage with the cultural and structural biases that are inherent to map and geospatial librarianship, and thus are actively recruiting people who may contribute an alternative perspective and experience.
      The goals of this scholarship are to increase WAML's efforts towards being a more inclusive organization and to support the professional development of library-workers from diverse backgrounds. People engaged in any aspect of libraries, both librarians and non-librarians, are encouraged to apply for the Diversity Scholarship. It is not necessary to already be working in a map, geospatial, or GIS library field. Applicants need not be current WAML members.

    Early Career Scholarship description and eligibility:
    The Early Career Librarian Scholarship is intended to introduce new librarians to the world of Map librarianship and the emerging career of GIS (Geographical Information Systems) librarianship. Map Librarianship has been around for a very long time, and with the rise of GIS software and applications utilized across many disciplines, these skills and services provided have organically become necessary for Map Librarians and newly created positions like GIS Librarians.
      The WAML conference provides a great opportunity for students or new librarians to learn, network, and develop themselves and the profession of Map and GIS librarianship. All early-career (first 3 years) academic or research librarians and ML(I)S students (currently enrolled or recently graduated) in the US and Canada are eligible to apply.

    Please contact Susan Powell (Scholarship Committee chair) at smpowell@berkeley.edu or (510) 643-2684 with questions about the scholarships or application process.

    Further reading
    MAGIRT ALA Round Table: Map, GIS and cataloging/metadata librarian core competencies
    Accidental Map Librarian: Maps and map collection management: The Basics

    WAML Members have access to all sections of the Information Bulletin as part of their membership.

    The Information Bulletin (IB),(ISSN 2375-7957), is WAML's open access publication.
    It is issued three times a year and includes feature articles, photo essays, association business and selected news and notes related to all forms of cartographic information, including maps, geospatial data, GIS, and all aspects of map librarianship.
    Some portions of the IB website are available to WAML members only.
    See the Publications page for more information.

    News & Notes is a bimonthly web-based newsletter that includes time-sensitive items such as cataloging news, information about new mapping products, employment opportunities, and mapping agency news. News & Notes issues are archived on the WAML website.

    In addition to these two publications, WAML also publishes Occasional Papers, reference books that contain information about maps that would otherwise not be available. A complete list of Occasional Papers with prices and ordering information is available on the Publications website.

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