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Benchmarks: People & Jobs

  • Nothing to report. If you have items, please send them to me.

  • Job Announcments:
  • A GIS Librarian position appears to still be open at Washington Univeristy in St. Louis. See https://jobs.wustl.edu and search under GIS or ID: 23477 to apply.

New Maps of the WAML Region

Publications about Mapping

  • A new list of articles from Phil Hoehn.

  • Two announcements from Paige Andrew:

    * Just a general announcement that our latest issue of the Journal of Map & Geography Libraries, a theme titled "Crisis Mapping" or volume 8, no. 2, is now available in online form at the journal's website.

    We believe you will find the content of this issue very timely, as well as very useful in many research contexts. We wish to thank Patrick Florance, Manager of Geospatial Technology Services at Tufts University, and Editorial Board member for JMGL, for serving as the Guest Editor of this issue, helping us to bring it to fruition over several months of hard work. And of course for the several authors and co-authors who have shared their expertise and insights into a realm that will always require collaboration and cooperation if we are to survive and learn from a host of different types of natural and man-made disasters, or "crises".

    Happy reading and go out there and make good use of this knowledge! Plus please spread the word through other channels!

    * The Journal of Map & Geography Libraries is dedicated to gathering and sharing information regarding geospatial information in any format as it pertains to its collection, preservation, collocation, distribution and use, not the least of which is use. In 2011 the journal expanded to three issues per volume, thus the need for more article submissions is greater than ever.

    We welcome papers from librarians, cartographers, historians, geographers, or anyone who has a role in the lifespan of geospatial information (maps, atlases, globes, GIS, datasets, geospatial standards, cataloging/metadata, etc.). The content broadly addresses the role of libraries, however, related topics associated geospatial information are also appropriate.

    As stated in our "Aims and Scope", the Journal of Map & Geography Libraries: Advances in Geospatial Information, Collections & Archives publishes international research on the collecting, organization, and utilization of geographic and cartographic materials and information. The journal covers topics including, but not limited to:
    •    Research, discussion and innovations involving: Use, collecting and access to historical and contemporary maps and atlases; and the use, collection, access and standards regarding geographic information systems (GIS) and geospatial data in general, and specialized subject areas
    •    The role of the library and librarian, archivist or data manager in the exchange of cartographic and geographic information
    •    Methodologies for access to, and delivery of, geospatial information
    •    Innovations in tools and software in the manipulation and presentation of maps and geospatial data
    •    Metadata for, and cataloging and preservation of, print and digital cartographic materials

    All manuscripts are put through a rigorous double-blind review by a prestigious international review board. Once published, papers are widely available through Taylor & Francis’ informa database and other outlets.

    Submissions can be provided through the ScholarOne online journal management system, either directly from the ScholarOne site for the journal, or by clicking on the "Submit Online" link at the JMGL website.

    We look forward to receiving inquiries and submissions from around the globe!

    Paige Andrew and Kathy Weimer
    Co-editors, Journal of Map & Geography Libraries jmgl.editors@gmail.com

  • United Nations Five to Ten Year Vision on Geospatial Information Management: This is an interesting look at the five and ten year vision of geospatial information management from the United Nations, a collection and summary of industry expert opinions. According to its website, "the UN initiative on Global Geospatial Information Management (GGIM) aims at playing a leading role in setting the agenda for the development of global geospatial information and to promote its use to address key global challenges. It provides a forum to liaise and coordinate among Member States, and between Member States and international organizations." (GPS World)

Other Map Organization Journals

  • GSIS: Newsletter (posted 6 months after publication)
  • CUAC : Cartographic Users Advisory Council
  • ANZMaps: The Australian and New Zealand Map Society Newsletter
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  • To all WAMLites:

    Information about the upcoming 2012 meeting is now on available on our website.  More details will be forthcoming as we get closer to the meeting date. We are looking forward to seeing many of you in October.


    WAML 2012 Planning Committee

    The complete schedule has already been posted! Please note the pre-conference on Tuesday, October 30. Conference hotel rates close on September 30th. Checking current airfares, a direct flight from San Diego is about $550.

  • The ballots have been counted and the results are in. It is my pleasure to inform the membership that Katie Lage was elected Vice President/President Elect, Lisa Lamont was elected Treasurer, and Tami Morse was elected Secretary. Terms begin July 1. Congratulations to the newly elected officers. Here is your Executive Board for next year.

    WAML Executive Board (July 1, 2012-June 30, 2013)

    John Ridener
    University of California, Berkeley

    Vice President/President Elect
    Katie Lage
    University of Colorado, Boulder

    Past President
    Cynthia Moriconi
    University of California, Santa Cruz

    Lisa Lamont
    San Diego State University

    Tami Morse
    University of Wyoming

  • Brian Quigley, Secretary

  • The WAML Scanning Projects Clearinghouse has been merged with the ALA MAGIRT Map Scanning Registry at the Univeristy of Arizona. The technical work is done and the new registry is now searchable. A new portal page will be completed soon (I think the URL will remain the same, but when the page is done I will report it).

Other News

Future WAML Meetings:

Conferences, Classes & Exhibitions
  • The ALA Annual Conference will be held June 21–26, 2012 in Anaheim. MAGIRT's schedule features the usual committee meetings, an Angels' game, a banquet and the program The Nuts and Bolts of Map Scanning: Building Your Map Scanning Toolbox.

  • The Rocky Mountain Map Society and Texas Map Society will hold a joint conference on "The Mapping of North America: The Westward Expansion" at the University of Denver on July 26-27, followed by The Map Fair of the West on July 28-29 at the Denver Public Library. See http://www.rmmaps.org/ for details on both events.

  • There will be several map sessions at the Society for the History of Discoveries 53rd Annual Meeting from September 27-29 at the Huntington Library in Pasadena. See the meeting website for an updated list of speakers and topics. See also previous News and Notes for more details.

  • NACIS Annual Meeting 2012 will be held in Portland, OR from October 17-19.

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Cataloging News

    No report. Paige promises a post-ALA spectacular.

    I will include this cataloging tool here as it was unbeknownst to me, maybe to you: Bounding Box Tool for Metadata Enrichment: Visual selection of the latitude / longitude coordinates for geotagging of a bibliographic record for cartographic documents.

Canadian News

    Although Canada’s current economic  situation is good compared to that of many other nations, there are  issues of concern in Canadian political, legislative and administrative realms. The federal majority Conservative party,  after “watering down” legislation such as the Navigable Waters Protection Act, the Fisheries Act and the Environmental Assessment Act, has now turned its attention to statistical, cultural and heritage matters.

    Following last year’s unpopular and ideologically-driven changes to Canada’s national census, the Federal  Government has  now embarked on a program of reducing programs and staff in government libraries in Ottawa and regional centres, in some cases closing libraries permanently.  The  combined National Library & Archives will eliminate between 200 and 400 jobs over the next three years, on top of its previous downsizing efforts such as not filling vacancies among archivists, including cartographic personnel.  Interlibrary loan programs will cease at the National Library, and not only will reference hours be reduced, but will not be available at all without a formal appointment.

    Of further concern to librarians is the fact that the federal government will no longer distribute publications in “tangible formats” by the end of the 2013-14 fiscal year, and the national Depository Library Agreement will become null and void.  It is this agreement which facilitates the distribution of federal government-produced paper maps to participating libraries.

    Detailed commentary on these and related issues  can be found on the Canadian Association of University Teachers  (CAUT) website at:  http://www.savelibraryarchives.ca/    

    Further comment from Jack Granatstein, an eminent Canadian historian, can be found in the Globe & Mail, which is Canada’s national newspaper, at:  http://www.theglobeandmail.com/commentary/who-will-preserve-the-past-for-future-generations/article4249438/

    Tim Ross, University of British Columbia  

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