July 2001

Adonna Fleming, Editor

Electronic Version - July 2001.

1. News
      1.1.Digital Elevation Models in SDTS Format
      1.2. USGS Launches New Website for Nation's Water Data
      1.3. OCLC Metadata Timeline Web Page
      1.4. MAPublisher Survey
      1.5. Jackson Homestead Museum
      1.6. CUAC response to USGS on National Map Proposal
      1.7. Position Announcement: Coordinator of Numeric and Spatial Data Services
      1.8. Position Announcement: Cataloger University of Missouri-Rolla
      1.9. WAML elections

2. New Maps, Books, Etc.
      2.1 New Mapping of Western North America compiled by Ken Rockwell

3. Meetings and Other Educational Opportunities
      3.1. NACIS XXI Preliminary Program
      3.2. WAML fall meeting
      3.3. William P. Cumming Map Society Meeting

4. The Western Association of Map Libraries

1. News


Digital Elevation Models in SDTS Format

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has entered into an agreement with the GeoCommunity to serve newly corrected, SDTS format, Digital Elevation Models (DEMs) through the GIS Data Depot at http://www.gisdatadepot.com/ for no charge. The 7.5' SDTS DEM data are also available for purchase via premium (fast) download and on CD-ROM from GeoCommunity.

USGS distribution of SDTS DEMs through Earth Explorer has been discontinued. A link to the GIS Data Depot from the USGS USGS Geographic Data Download Web Site, http://edcwww.cr.usgs.gov/doc/edchome/ndcdb/ndcdb.html provides direct access to SDTS DEMs for customers coming to the USGS for these files.

The decision to provide SDTS DEMs through the GIS Data Depot is consistent with the USGS goal of making more public domain data available at no charge while enabling the private sector to have a greater role in the distribution of USGS data. SDTS DEMs placed on media in response to customer orders will be sold by the GeoCommunity at a price less than the USGS currently charges.

The GeoCommunity will continue to receive SDTS versions of the DEMs that are added to the Geospatial Data Architecture. Native format DEMs are still available for sale from USGS on various media and via ftp.


USGS Launches New Website for Nation's Water Data

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), this week, launched its new, online National Water Information System (NWISWeb) and in so doing opened the doors to the public to much more of the 100 years of water data collected by the federal earth science agency. The new website, found at http://water.usgs.gov/nwis/ allows users

to access several hundred million pieces of archival and real-time data, all from their home or office computers.

"Our users can now gain easy access to over 100 years of water information, all with the click of a mouse," said Robert Hirsch, USGS Associate Director for Water. "This not only saves them time, money, and effort for the user, but also allows our hydrologists and technicians to concentrate on collecting data and processing the information derived from it. NWISWeb is an integral part of the USGS mission to disseminate important water-quality and quantity data to the public.


OCLC Metadata Timeline Web Page

OCLC is pleased to announce a new web page designed to give users information on our new cataloging and metadata services migration timeline. OCLC is currently working on a new, single interface that will offer the benefits of a web browser and the versatility of Windows-based software. Most cataloging will be completed using your web browser, while tasks not fully or efficiently accomplished using a browser will be completed using an optional Windows-based set of tools. A visit to this web page at http://www.oclc.org/strategy/cataloging/, will answer questions such as:

There is a guide to migration brochure, frequently asked questions section, and more information available for you to use. This page will be updated as new information is available, so be sure to use the NetMind feature on the page by entering your email address to receive a notice when updates are posted.


MAPublisher Survey

Attention MAPublisher users and non-users alike: We have created two special surveys to enable us to learn more about how you use, or would like to use our products, and what you want from future releases. Help us serve you better by taking the survey that suits you and earn savings on your future purchases from Avenza. As we recognize that your time is very precious and important and that it may take several minutes to complete all the questions we will be providing each person who submits a survey with a coupon good for money off any Avenza purchase through December, 2002.

This is your voice to the people at Avenza who have the power to listen to your comments and implement your suggestions so please take a few moments and help us help you.

For more information and to enter the survey gateway go to http://www.avenza.com/survey.html


Jackson Homestead Museum

Rivers, Roads & Rails: Mapping Newton

The Jackson Homestead: Newton's City Museum and Historical Society announces the opening of its newest exhibit "Rivers, Roads & Rails: Mapping Newton". The exhibit highlights early maps of Newton drawn from the extensive collection of The Jackson Homestead and the City of Newton Archives.

Featuring several rare and never before seen maps, the exhibit chronicles how Newton developed in the context of the development of Massachusetts and explores the reasons behind the creation of these maps. The exhibit's earliest map of Newton was created to determine the placement of the center of town so that a new meetinghouse could be built. The map, lost for 100 years, was rediscovered in the mid 1800s and "thought to be of little value." Today it has been conserved and restored and is on display as part of the exhibit. Another fascinating map, created by Caroline Jackson in 1832 when she was 13 years old, shows the roads and buildings of the "North District."

A series of town maps (1831, 1848, and 1855) were ordered by the general court of Massachusetts to aid in the construction of a state map. These maps show the new railroads and the City's development from an agricultural community to what would become a suburban city. An interactive computer station will allow visitors to access modern maps of Newton to gain a better understanding of how the city has changed and what it looks like today.

This exhibit is made possible through the collaborative efforts of The Jackson Homestead, Newton Free Library, Newton City Archives, City of Newton Engineering Department, City of Newton Information Technology Department, and the Newton Historical Society.

Summer hours are Monday -Thursday, 12 noon - 5:00 pm. Call 617-552-7238 or visit or website for further information - http://www.ci.newton.ma.us/jackson


CUAC response to USGS on National Map Proposal

Mark DeMulder
National Cooperative Topographic Mapping Program Coordinator
U.S. Geological Survey
Reston, VA 20192
Dear Mr. DeMulder,

Thank you for allowing the Cartographic Users Advisory Counsel (CUAC) to comment on the National Map proposal. It is an impressive vision of the future of government mapping and access to cartographic information that will have a profound effect on mapping in this country.

CUAC is an umbrella organization representing Map Librarians across the United States in academic, special, and public libraries. CUAC functions in an advocacy capacity as liaison between the U.S. agencies producing cartographic products and CUAC's constituency of Map Library organizations and Map Librarians. We provide one of the strongest and most valuable links between cartographic producers and cartographic users.

We applaud the initiative to provide many data types in a seamless manner with an effort to maintain the data as current as possible, mapping with greater positional accuracy and at higher resolution. Emphasis on partnerships with governments at all levels, educational institutions and the commercial sector is commendable. The continuation of printed maps and the provision for on-demand printing are very important aspects of the National Map.

We have several concerns about this vision and the document The National Map, dated April 26, 2001. Our concerns are outlined below:

Archiving/preserving information. Maps are used not only as the source of current information but also as the record of physical and societal changes on the earth. The current U.S. Geological Survey topographic series, even with its infrequent and irregular updates, provides this historical record. Little mention is made of archiving this vast array of data on a periodic basis and how this archive would be made accessible to users. Archiving in printed format is only part of the solution. Archiving of the digital data is also an important aspect of preserving the historical record. The temporal aspect is becoming increasingly important in serving patron needs, whether through the use of maps and/or aerial photography.

Metadata. Keeping information on data source, accuracy, date, and the other characteristics represented in the Federal Geographic Data Committee's metadata standard is a formidable task but an essential one. The information gathering network for the National Map is extensive and keeping accurate records on data generation will be pivotal to its success. Maintaining metadata on the archived data sets is also essential for preserving the physical and cultural context of the data.

Printed maps. Continuing to print maps is an important aspect of the new National Map. The general public is familiar with the printed map series of the U.S. Geological Survey and other government agencies and depends on the printed map for most of their research and recreational needs. The need to consider appropriate format for government information products cannot be emphasized enough. CUAC has stressed for many years that for usability for the general public the printed map is still the preferred format. This is not to discount the use of digital cartographic products by the research and commercial sectors. Dual distribution of mapping products is important to adequately cover the differing needs and abilities of all the constituencies involved. The Federal Depository Library Program and the Government Printing Office have played a critical role in the distribution of mapping products to libraries.

Melding public and private sector information and free public access. The draft proposal indicates that information will be gathered from all levels of government and the commercial sector. This information flow brings up several concerns. Keeping the National Map in the public domain is essential to the usability and availability of the map for researchers and the general public. Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADA's) provide wonderful opportunities, but also potentially controversial copyright issues over use of taxpayer generated products enhanced and copyrighted by the commercial sector. Copyrighting of some of the data in the map will also limit access to data layers to those who can pay for copyright clearance. Who will set the cost of copyrighted data and how will it be determined? To what extent will the National Map be comprised of commercial data? Will agreements for use of commercial data be standardized so the user is not confronted with a myriad of contractual agreements to access the data? The draft proposal indicates that access to downloading large volumes of data may require a fee. GIS data sets are generally large but no size definition is provided to indicate the free/fee boundaries. Integration of information from these various entities will also be a formidable problem. Standards of data collection and presentation as well as strict adherence to provision of metadata will be essential to the success of the project. Additional costs to libraries for hardware, software, and staffing need to be recognized.

Partnering with state, county and local governments. Garnering the cooperation of government entities is a formidable task. Many of us in CUAC have tried to gain the cooperation of our local communities and it has taken much delicate negotiation and proving what essential services we can provide them before cooperation could be solidified. Do not underestimate the difficulty of garnering the cooperation of state and local governments

Partnering with federal agencies. No mention is made of the Government Printing Office or the Federal Depository Library Program it administers as partners to the national mapping effort. This agency has a proven track record of advertising, distributing and making available to the general public the vast array of government information in every format. The knowledge and networks they have accumulated would help with your successful promotion of the National Map as would distributing it through the depository libraries that have been so successful in increasing public access to government information for over 100 years. Their participation in the National Map should be encouraged.

Partnering with the library community. Librarians have been organizing, classifying, preserving and providing access to information for a very long time. Map librarians are familiar with the uses of geospatial information in paper and digital formats. We are a community that are knowledgeable and willing to help.

Once again, we appreciate the opportunity to respond to this proposal for the National Map. It lays the foundation for an exciting era of growth in the mapping efforts of the U.S. Geological Survey and its partners. We look forward to your continuing efforts and being able to play a role in its development.

Thank you and with appreciation for your efforts,

Bruce Obenhaus
CUAC Co-chair 2001-2002
CUAC Representative,
Geography and Map Division,
Special Libraries Association
Government Information Specialis
t University Libraries
Virginia Tech
P.O. Box 90001
Blacksburg, VA 24062-9001

Janet Collins
CUAC Co-chair 2001-2002
CUAC Representative,
Western Association of Map Libraries
Map Librarian
Huxley Map Library
Western Washington University
Bellingham, WA 98225-9085


Position Announcement: Coordinator of Numeric and Spatial Data Services

The University of Michigan Library is extending its search for a Coordinator of Numeric and Spatial Data Services The Coordinator will lead the new spatial/numeric data initiative, and will coordinate the efforts of the existing library groups that deliver numeric and spatial data support, including the Map Library's GIS service and the newly developed Numeric Data Services and will aggressively study and formulate the library's optimal role in this area; evaluate current services and implement new and expanded services; and coordinate successful data and geographic information service in the University Library.

For the full announcement see the following URL: http://www.lib.umich.edu/libhome/humres/vac-coordnum.htm


Position Announcement: Cataloger University of Missouri-Rolla

The following position is for a general cataloger. However, the library has an estimated 10,000 uncataloged maps currently housed in the map room, and an additional 10-20 thousand being added from our Geology Dept. This is an excellent position for a person who is experienced with map cataloging or has an interest in that direction.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Perform original and complex copy cataloging for a variety of formats and in all subject areas; maintain MARC bibliographic and authority records using OCLC and a multicampus Innovative Interfaces system; establish name and series authority records; assist in analyzing and evaluating processes and in helping a department of four stay current on emerging trends in technical services; help resolve complex problems surrounding cataloging issues; represent the campus on committees charged with developing and enforcing cataloging standards.

QUALIFICATIONS: Required: ALA-accredited MLS; familiarity with the MARC formats and standard cataloging tools, including AACR2, OCLC, LC cataloging rule interpretations, and subject heading practices. Desired: Previous cataloging experience in an online environment, preferably in an academic setting; ability to use technology to accomplish technical services tasks; experience cataloging using III's INNOPAC.

SALARY and BENEFITS: 12 month, non-tenured faculty position at Librarian II level; $28,000 minimum; 28 days vacation annually and 8 paid holidays; vested retirement after five years; university medical and dental benefits package.

COMMUNITY: UM-Rolla, one of four campuses of the University of Missouri, is the premier science and engineering campus of the system. It offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in science and engineering, and undergraduate degrees in the liberal arts. Within the library, nine professionals and 17 support staff serve 350 faculty and 4500 high-ability students. The collection includes approximately 400,000 volumes and 1500 periodical titles. UMR is also a selective depository for U.S. and Missouri government documents. The building provides a modern, open, pleasant work environment. Strong emphasis is placed on cooperation with public services. The relatively small staff size and flexible organizational structure assure staff of active involvement in library concerns. Rolla (population 16,367) is located in the foothills of the Ozarks. Centrally located to St. Louis, Columbia and Springfield , MO. Outdoor recreational opportunities abound. Very reasonable cost of living. Rolla provides excellent educational and medical facilities. For additional information about the university and the community, see http://www.umr.edu/~library/catpos.html

TO APPLY: Please send a letter of application, resume, and names of three current references to: Human Resource Services, Cataloger Position #51055, University of Missouri-Rolla,1870 Miner Circle, Rolla, MO 65409-1050. Review of complete applications will begin August 15, 2001 and will continue until position is filled. Questions may be directed to Maggie Trish, Chair of Cataloger Search Committee, at trishm@umr.edu. The University of Missouri-Rolla is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action employer committed to increasing diversity among faculty, staff and students. Members of minority groups and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


WAML elections

Richard Spohn has been elected as WAML's new Vice-President/President Elect. Wendy Helms has also be reelected to a new term as Secretary.

2. New Maps, Books, etc.


New Mapping of Western North America compiled by Ken Rockwell



Fine Edge Productions. The Inside Passage route planning map. 2 maps on 2 sheets, scale 1:633,600. Anacortes, WA : Fine Edge, pub. 2001. OCLC: 47115120


Fore Better Golf, Inc. Arizona golf road map. 7th ed., 1 map : not drawn to scale. Bloomingdale, IL :; Fore Better Golf, pub. 2000. OCLC: 47098325


Miller, Fred K., and Matti, Jonathan C. Geologic map of the San Bernardino North 7.5' quadrangle,San Bernardino County, California. Original scale 1:24,000. U.S. Geological Survey open-file report no. 01-131, pub. 2001. Web access: http://geopubs.wr.usgs.gov/open-file/of01-131/ OCLC: 47135494

Dibblee, Thomas W. Geologic map of San Miguel Island, Santa Barbara County, California. Scale 1:24,000. Santa Barbara, CA. : Dibblee Geological Foundation, map no. 72, pub. 2001. OCLC: 47116020

Dibblee, Thomas W. Geologic map of Anacapa and Santa Barbara Islands, Channel Islands National Park, Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, California. 2 maps on 1 sheet, scale 1:24,000. Santa Barbara, CA. : Dibblee Geological Foundation, map no. 73, pub. 2001. OCLC: 47116081

Dibblee, Thomas W. Geologic map of the Pacifico Mountain and Palmdale (south half) quadrangles, Los Angeles County, California. Santa Barbara, CA. : Dibblee Geological Foundation, map no. 76, pub. 2001. OCLC: 47090176

Dibblee, Thomas W. Geologic map of the Whittier and La Habra quadrangles (western Puente Hills) Los Angeles and Orange Counties, California. Scale 1:24,000. Santa Barbara, CA. :; Dibblee Geological Foundation, Map no. 74, pub. 2001. OCLC: 47116040

Dibblee, Thomas W. Geologic map of the Yorba Linda and Prado Dam quadrangles (eastern Puente Hills), Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside Counties, California. Santa Barbara, CA. : Dibblee Geological Foundation, map no. 75, pub. 2001. OCLC: 47090254

Eureka Cartography. Major adventure destinations Southern California, scenic roads less traveled... Pacific Coast Highway, Joshua Tree, Mulholland Highway, Lake Isabella, Ortega Highway, Julian. Scale ca. 1:650,000. San Francisco : Mad Maps, pub. 2000. OCLC: 47114532

Lindquist, Robert B., and Peckarsky, David J. R. Napa-Sonoma wine country & vicinity recreation. 2nd ed., scale ca. 1:165,000. Bellevue, WA : Great Pacific Recreation & Travel Maps, pub. 2001. OCLC: 47173761

Miller, Fred K., and Matti, Jonathan C. Geologic map of the Fifteenmile Valley 7.5' quadrangle, SanBernardino County, California. Original scale 1:24,000. U.S. Geological Survey open-file report no. 01-132. Web access: http://geopubs.wr.usgs.gov/open-file/of01-132/ OCLC: 47178592

Tahoe Maps. Satellite relief map of Lake Tahoe [California and Nevada]. 1 remote-sensing map, scale ca. 1:101,000. Moss Landing, CA : Tahoe Maps, pub. 2000. OCLC: 47173741

Phil Hoehn sends word of the following:

Map and guide to the Getty Center. 1 bird's-eye view, not drawn to scale. Los Angeles, Calif. : J. Paul Getty Trust, c1999.


Allan Cartography. Colorado. 2nd ed. Scale 1:500,000. Medford, Or.]: Raven Maps & Images, pub. 2000. OCLC: 47237279

Scott, Robert B., et al. Geologic map of the Rifle Falls quadrangle, Garfield County, Colorado. Scale 1:24,000. USGS Miscellaneous field studies map no. MF-2341, pub. 2001. OCLC: 47109311


Juvik, James O., et al. Student atlas of Hawai'i. 1 atlas (48 p.), scale ca. 1:1,405,000. Honolulu, Hawai'i : Bess Press, pub. 2000. ISBN: 1573060496 OCLC: 47097608


Preston, M. L., and Preston, R. N. Idaho ghost towns, then and now : early towns, military roads, state stations, early forts, overlay of modern road system. 7 maps on 5 sheets (photocopies), scales differ. Pub. by the authors, 2000. OCLC: 47114830


Janecke, Susanne U. Map of normal faults and extensional folds in the Tendoy Mountains and Beaverhead Range, southwest Montana and eastern Idaho. Scale 1:100,000. USGS Miscellaneous field studies map no. MF-2362, pub. 2001. Also accessible on the Web at: http://greenwood.cr.usgs.gov/pub/mf-maps/mf-2362/ OCLC: 47186378


Universal Map. Deluxe flip map Southwestern United States. Scale ca. 1:2,500,000. Williamston, MI : Universal Map, pub. 2000. OCLC: 47238724


Evans, Keith. Great Salt Lake birding trails. Salt Lake City, UT : Profile Media, pub. 2000. OCLC: 47126580

Moore, David W., and Sable, Edward G. Geologic map of the Smithsonian Butte quadrangle, Washington County, Utah. Scale 1:24,000. Salt Lake City, Utah : Utah Geological Survey, Miscellaneous publication no. 01-1, pub. 2001. OCLC: 47155192 [Order information for UGS: http://www.maps.state.ut.us/geomaps.htm#order ]

Steiger, Judy I., and Freethey, Geoffrey W. Ground-water hydrology of Dugway Proving Ground and adjoining area, Tooele and Juab Counties, Utah. 4 maps on 2 sheets, scale ca. 1:250,000. USGS Water-resources investigations report no. 00-4240, pub. 2001. OCLC: 47175265


Evergreen Pacific Publishing. Evergreen Pacific San Juan Islands cruising atlas. 1 atlas (iii, 65 p.), scales differ. Shoreline, WA :; Evergreen Pacific Pub., pub. 2000. ISBN: 0945265549. OCLC: 47175789

Lapen, Thomas J. Geologic map of the Bellingham 1:100,000 quadrangle, Washington. Olympia, Wash. : Washington Division of Geology and Earth Resources, Open file report no. 2000-5, pub. 2000. OCLC: 47212410 [Order information for WDGER: http://www.wa.gov/dnr/htdocs/ger/getpubs.htm ]

Sizemore, Bob, and Ulrich, Michael. State of Washington 2000 geoduck atlas : atlas of major geoduck tracts of Puget Sound. 1 atlas (52, 46 p.), scale not given. Brinnon, WA : Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, Fish Program, Point Whitney Shellfish Lab, pub. 2000. OCLC: 47099857


Custom Cartographics. Western United States InterstateMap : including Alaska, Arizona ... Washington & Wyoming. Scale ca. 1:3,250,000. Williamston, Mich. : Universal Map, pub. 2000. OCLC: 47098607


DeLorme Mapping Company. Wyoming atlas & gazetteer. 3rd ed. 1 atlas (72 p.), scale 1:250,000. Yarmouth, Me. : DeLorme, pub. 2001. ISBN: 0899333389
OCLC: 47212553

Notice of newly-published maps and cartographic products are welcome, so they can be announced even before they appear in my default source, namely OCLC. However, I'd like to clarify the scope of the list. Given all the map products available, I have to place some limits on myself and the list, so I've routinely excluded the following:

Thus, I concentrate on thematic maps (including cities, such as an earthquake map for San Francisco), and new maps of states and regions by commercial publishers. Examples are geologic maps covering a USGS quadrangle, a state road map from a foreign publisher, and recreation maps. So let me know when you become aware of a new map, being aware, though, that I may already have had it on a previous list and will try to screen those out. --KR


Articles of Interest

Tyner, Judith, 2001. Following the Thread. (embroidered American maps). Mercator's World, March 2001, v6 i2 p36.

Thrower, Norman J.W., 2001. Lay of the Land. (topographical mapping history) Mercator's World, May 2001, v6 i3 p28.

3. Meetings and Other Educational Opportunities


NACIS XXI Preliminary Program

The preliminary program for NACIS XXI, to be held at the Downtown Portland Doubletree Hotel, in Portland, Oregon, October 3-6, 2001 can be found at http://www.nacis.org/meetings.html
Deadlines: Advanced Registration: Sept. 24, 2001, Hotel: Sept. 14, 2001.


WAML fall meeting

The Fall, 2001 WAML meeting is being held at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland, Oregon. October 3-6, 2001.
The Society is located in downtown Portland at 1200 SW Park Avenue between Park, Broadway, Jefferson and Madison Streets.
For more information contact: Elizabeth Winroth, Oregon Historical Society, Telephone: (503) 306-5248,Fax: (503) 306-5248. Or view the WAML Conference Web Site at: http://www.waml.org/wamlf01.html


William P. Cumming Map Society Meeting

The William P. Cumming Map Society will meet on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 29, 2001, at the Outer Banks History Center in Manteo (on Roanoke Island) North Carolina. For more information contact Jay mapsguy@yahoo.com or visit the web site at http://www.cummingmapsociety.org/


The Western Association of Map Libraries

WAML News and Notes is a moderated bulletin of the Western Association of Map Libraries.

The Western Association of Map Libraries (WAML) is an independent association established to encourage high standards in every phase of the organization and administration of map libraries. Membership in WAML is open to any individual, institution, or business interested in furthering the purposes of the organization. For further information, contact the an officer listed below or visit the WAML web site at: http://www.waml.org/.

WAML Officers as of July 1, 2001

Christopher J.J. Thiry
Map Librarian
Arthur Lakes Library
Colorado School of Mines
PO Box 4029
Golden, CO 80401-0029
(303) 273-3697
Fax (303) 273-3199

Vice President/President Elect
Richard Spohn

Muriel Strickland
2465 Baja Cerro Circle
San Diego, CA 92019

Wendie Helms
Map Collection
Science Library
University of California - Riverside
P.O. Box 5900
Riverside CA 92517-5900
(909) 787-6423

Past President
David Deckelbaum
University of California, Los Angeles
Maps and Government Information
4510 Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575

Business Manager
Richard E. Soares
Brigham Young University
P.O. Box 1667
Provo, UT 84603-1667
(801) 378-6179

To submit items for release in News and Notes, contact the Editor, Adonna Fleming acflemi@unco.edu

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