2019 Program

Overview Schedule

See the Transportation page for maps and directions.  Schedule subject to change.

Wednesday, September 18

Events at University of Nevada Reno

10:00 am – 12:00 pm Executive Board Meeting DeLaMare (DLM) Science & Engineering Library – Lilli Brant Room (3rd floor)
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Registration Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center aka KC (Main Library) bottom floor (in front of the @one)
1:30 pm – 5:00 pm Pre-conference Workshops:

Basic Python for Map & GIS Librarians

Best Practices for Map & GIS Librarianship

Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center aka KC (Main Library):

Python – MIKC 114 (inside the @one)

Best Practices – MIKC 104 (past the vending machines and near the elevator)

Events off campus in Reno

6:30 pm – 9:00 pm Early Bird Dinner Great Basin Brewing Co. (Reno)
5525 South Virginia Street
Reno, NV 89502

Thursday, September 19

Events at University of Nevada Reno, Joe Crowley Student Union Great Room (402/403) unless noted otherwise

8:30 am – 9:00 am Registration
9:00 am – 9:30 am Welcome and Introductions
Scholarship Presentations
9:30 am – 10:00 am Mining Maps & Views (Andria Olson & Julie Sweetkind-Singer)
[expand title=”Abstract”]Stanford Libraries hold nearly 1,500 historical maps, plans, and bird’s-eye views depicting mines and mining regions. They are often beautifully technical, laden with data that provides users with overviews and cut-away insight into these complex systems. But how do you read all these data? What can you do with this information? Through examining a number of historical maps of mines located in Nevada, we will demonstrate how to read mining maps and the views they originally presented; this is the first step in reaching an end goal of revitalizing such historical materials for contemporary applications. Inherently, maps are the intersection of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM), and the data extracted from our selection of maps will then be applied under the auspices of these components to demonstrate the potential for presenting historical data in a visually enticing manner using contemporary display, mapping, and geospatial tools.[/expand]
10:00 am – 10:30 am Keck Site: Nevada’s Legacy GIS Data Portal Migration to Open Data Portal (Chrissy Klenke)
[expand title=”Abstract”]The “Keck Site” established in the early ’90s, is a legacy GIS website that serves out Earth Sciences and Mining GIS data and maps of Nevada. The Arc server and storage server that hosts the website, applications and data is retired. UNR Libraries – Digital Initiatives and DeLaMare Library collaborated with Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology (NBMG) to evaluate, organize, and create the new Keck Site Open Data Portal.[/expand]
10:30 am – 11:00 am BREAK
Sponsored by the University Libraries, University of Nevada, Reno
11:00 am – 11:30 am Future of the Map Scanning Registry (Chris Kollen)
[expand title=”Abstract”]The Map Scanning Registry, http://mapregistry.library.arizona.edu), was created in 2006 in response to discussions at the Map Libraries in Transition Conference, where attendees expressed a need to find out what map scanning projects are being planned, in process or completed to avoid duplication of effort. At about the same time, WAML developed the Scanning Projects Clearinghouse. In 2012, MAGIRT and WAML agreed to combine the two sites together, records from the Scanning Projects Clearinghouse were added to the Map Scanning Registry. The Registry has been available for 13 years, is it still needed? How often do librarians refer to it? Does it need to be revamped, is there additional information that could be included to make it more useful? This presentation will describe the registry, provide usage statistics, share the results of a recent survey, and conclude with an open discussion on the future of the Map Scanning Registry.[/expand]
11:30 am – 12:00 pm From the coast to the desert with NetCDF files (daniel Brendle-Moczuk)
[expand title=”Abstract”]While multidimensional NetCDF data file format has been around since c.1990, some users, including geospatial librarians, are not familiar, and/or are frustrated with this data format. NetCDFs are used to store and disseminate data such as climatic, (climate modelling. precipitation, temperature, wind, etc) oceanic, (bathymetry, currents, temperature, etc) and usually with time series. This session will provide a brief overview of the history of NetCDFs, their changes over the years, and how to interact with NetCDFs within a GIS environment, specifically QGIS and ArcGIS. In addition, this session will highlight the potential uses of various NetCDF data.[/expand]
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

12:30 – 1:15 pm

LUNCH (on your own)

Esri StoryMaps Workshop

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm How Brad Washburn Mapped the “Heart of the Grand Canyon” (Michael Fry)
[expand title=”Abstract”]When renowned cartographer and mountaineer Brad Washburn visited the Grand Canyon in 1969, he discovered that existing maps of the area were “inadequate” for either popular or scholarly use. Never one to be deterred, Washburn set about making one. This is the story of his 7-year-long effort to produce the best map of the canyon — more precise, more detailed, more beautiful — than anything that had come before.[/expand]
2:00 pm – 2:30 pm One Class is Not Enough: Teaching Project Based Mapping to Humanities Students (Katherine Strickland)
[expand title=”Abstract”]I will share a few lessons I have learned from working with humanities students that have to create presentations, online exhibits, or maps that are a culmination of a semester’s worth of research. Many of these students haven’t heard of Digital Humanities (DH), much less DH Tools, Geographic Information System (GIS), or Spatial Literacy. How do we equip them with the skills to create engaging projects when mapping is not the focus of their research? I have found that introducing concepts and tools early on, checking in throughout the semester, and presenting options are key. I will talk about some of the concepts that I introduce, my go-to online mapping and GIS tools, and some failures and successes![/expand]
2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Lightning Talks #1

  • Using StoryMaps to make connections on campus (Jessica Benner)
  • Instructional Support for Story Maps and GIS Data in the Social Sciences (Erin Mutch)
  • Fun in the Library with Mapbox (Phil White)
  • TBA (Ken Rockwell)
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm BREAK
Sponsored by Esri
3:30 pm – 4 pm Mission/Vision Discussion
4 pm – 4:45 pm Sounding Board
(an opportunity for anyone to make general announcements and ask questions)

Evening Event (optional)

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Banquet Louis’ Basque Corner
301 East 4th Street
Reno, NV 89512
(775) 323-7203

Friday, September 20

Events at University of Nevada Reno, Joe Crowley Student Union Great Room (402/403) unless noted otherwise

9:00 am – 9:30 am A Hidden Collection Emerges: German Military Mapping during World War II and the Long Shadow of the Austro-Hungarian Empire (Heiko Muhr)
[expand title=”Abstract”]In March 1938 Nazi Germany annexed Austria and the German Reichsamt für Landesaufnahme moved quickly to absorb Austria’s civilian mapping agencies. The new Vienna office of the Reichsamt, formally known as Hauptvermessungsabteilung XIV, Wien, played an important role within the German mapping operation during World War II, because of its unique resources and staff expertise. Since the 1870s, the venerable K.u.K. Militärgeographisches Institut of the Austro-Hungarian Empire had cranked out thousands of quality topographic sheets covering much of Central and Eastern Europe and had issued iconic map series like the Generalkarte von Mitteleuropa. Rather than reinvent the wheel German World War II military planners pragmatically worked within this established Austrian system when they mapped central and southeastern Europe. Some German World War II maps thus still count longitude “ab Ferro,” 18 degrees west of Greenwich, a marker for the enduring power of a framework first established by the K.u.K. Militärgeographisches Institut.[/expand]
9:30 am – 10:00 am Comparing Maps and Aerial Photos Side by Side (by side by side by side by side by side by side) (Kevin Dyke)
[expand title=”Abstract”]Comparing digital spatial data can be difficult. For vector data, the enduring popularity of the overlay speaks to the usefulness of that approach. For the comparison of raster data, the overlay is less ideal. While methods such as swiping and flickering address this problem partially, comparing more than two raster datasets (such as digitized maps and aerial photographs) remains cumbersome.With this technological legacy in mind and armed with newly georeferenced material of Stillwater, Oklahoma (the home of Oklahoma State University), I decided to create a dynamic, web-based application that allows users to compare up to eight separate layers from diverse sources side by side. Now, I’d like to demonstrate its capabilities and encourage others with georeferenced material to try it out.[/expand]
10:00 am – 10:30 am Lightning Talks #2

  • Municipal and County Departmental Maps (David Hodnefield)
  • Open Index Maps: standardizing the creation of GIS index maps (Tom Brittnacher)
  • Historic Aerial Photos: Picking up the pieces after 10 years (Heather Ross)
  • University of Oregon Libraries Aerial Photography Collection: “Whence do we come? What are we? Where are we going?” (Kathy Stroud)
  • TBA (Chris Thiry)
10:30 am – 11:00 am BREAK
Sponsored by Historical Information Gatherers
11:00 am – 12:00 pm Birds of a Feather discussion sessions
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm LUNCH
(on your own)
1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Complex Geographies: Archival Collection Surveying for Decolonization (Kim Anderson)
[expand title=”Abstract”]At the beginning of 2019, the University of Nevada, Reno Special Collections and University Archives Department began a remediation project to align our practices with the Protocols for Native American Archival Materials (PNAAM). The first stage of this project, a collections survey, is nearly complete. This presentation will introduce PNAAM, discuss the survey process and how we are working with the tribes, the surprising (to us) geographic reach of the collections we steward, and the complexities of place in archival materials and practices.[/expand]
2:00 pm – 2:30 pm Mapping Rivers in Modern Chinese History: A curriculum integrated collaboration between GIS librarian and subject librarian (Amy Work)
[expand title=”Abstract”]This proposal shares an innovative approach between a GIS librarian and subject librarian to incorporate GIS and Chinese statistical resources into a new course, “Mapping Rivers in Modern Chinese History”. The presentation will discuss the collaborations between faculty and librarians to engage students in the standard disciplinary skills of primary source analysis and analytical writing, while also showing them how to use GIS mapping software to ask and analyze historical questions. Each librarian attained a certain level of understanding of the other’s domain in order to best help the students with their research questions. Together, they co-taught three sessions and offered group consultations which allowed students to meet with both Librarians to find credible Chinese data and to process the data in GIS. This is a great example of one instructor’s innovative approach to teaching a traditional humanities class that called for embedded assistance from the librarians.[/expand]
2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Mapping Humanities Data with Undergraduates (Meagan Duever)
[expand title=”Abstract”]At the University of Georgia Libraries, we partner with faculty in the Humanities to teach undergraduate students to produce and visualize data, often from primary sources. One of these skills is creating well-formed data to be used as the basis for a mapping exercise. Our objective is to have the students craft a map and a thesis statement asking a question from the mapped data. Rather than using a map as only an illustration of the research, the map is the start of the analysis. The goal is to get students to think spatially, and to demonstrate how a tool like ArcGIS can be used for humanities research. We will demonstrate this process as we have applied it to a variety of classes at UGA and we will provide examples of classroom assignments that incorporate mapping into humanities classes.[/expand]
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm BREAK
Sponsored by Land Info Worldwide Mapping 
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Business Meeting
& Committee Meetings


Saturday, September 21

9:00 am – 3 pm Field Trip Tour to Virginia City