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Discussion Two Geospatial Librarian positions!

by Tracey Urbick on Mon, Jul 8, 2013 at 02:20 pm

It's a good time to be a Geospatial Librarian, and if you are interested, here are a few positions that have recently come across the listservs!

Penn State: 

http://joblist.ala.org/modules/jobseeker/Geospatial-Services-Librarian/23357.cfm

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Geospatial Information Systems Librarian/Specialist - Skillman Library

Lafayette College,

Easton, Pennsylvania

Salary: Not Specified

Status:Full-time

Posted:06/17/13

Deadline:

It's a good time to be a Geospatial Librarian, and if you are interested, here are a few positions that have recently come across the listservs!

Penn State: 

http://joblist.ala.org/modules/jobseeker/Geospatial-Services-Librarian/23357.cfm

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Geospatial Information Systems Librarian/Specialist - Skillman Library

Lafayette College,

Easton, Pennsylvania

Salary: Not Specified

Status:Full-time

Posted:06/17/13

Deadline:

Geospatial Information Systems Librarian/Specialist - Skillman Library

Lafayette College seeks a GIS librarian/specialist to take a lead role in advancing geospatial and data-driven scholarship across the disciplines (arts, sciences, and engineering).  The position will support faculty and students by demonstrating the opportunities for geospatial thinking, developing GIS infrastructure to enable new research, and promoting campus-wide expertise in the analysis and visualization of data.  The use of geographically referenced information in humanities scholarship will be a particular focus of this new position.

We seek a person who is passionate about data (geospatial and otherwise), visualization, and the use of web technology to convey complex ideas in a clear and creative manner.  This person will be technically savvy, will enjoy learning, using, and teaching new tools and technologies, and will feel comfortable growing and shaping our capabilities in this evolving area.  The successful candidate will join a growing team of Lafayette librarians committed to developing and supporting digital scholarship services for faculty and students and contributing to a national community of practice.

Qualifications:  Ability to work collegially and communicate effectively; strong teaching skills.  We expect that most applicants will have relevant experience with GIS or data visualization applications as well as an advanced degree.  Those who lack such experience should carefully explain how their background has prepared them for work in this area.

Compensation:  Salary commensurate with qualification and experience; excellent benefits, including college tuition support for children.  The library encourages and supports ongoing professional development.

For consideration, please submit a resume, cover letter addressing job qualifications, and three professional references to:  Neil McElroy, Dean of Libraries, Lafayette College, Easton, PA  18042 or via email to:castells@lafayette.edu.

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Discussion Fun Map Video

by Tracey Urbick on Mon, Jul 8, 2013 at 02:17 pm

Here's a very good video about maps!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ZCp-JSVSNZM

Enjoy!

Discussion Map and Geospatial Information Round Table (MAGIRT) Executive Board Meeting - Sunday, June 30, 2013 4:30 - 5:30 pm

by Tracey Urbick on Tue, Jun 25, 2013 at 06:02 pm

Hello!

If you wish to do so, please join the MAGIRT Executive Board on Sunday, June 30, 2013 in McCormick Place, Room S505b from 4:30 - 5:30 for our meeting.  Agenda is attached.

I wish you a great conference!

Sincerely,

Tracey Hughes, Chair of MAGIRT (for a few more days only!)

Discussion Roger Knouff, Associate Librarian, Arizona State University

by Kathleen Weessies (non-member) on Wed, May 22, 2013 at 08:15 am

Today I received a formal letter in the mail from Arizona State University notifying me that Roger Knouff's application for promotion to Associate Librarian is to be approved.  Actually it is a little slipperier than that, the library administration recommends it up their chain of command, and if it is like my institution, it is ultimately the university president or board who decides.  Though once it has passed the library administration, such decisions are rarely reversed so I think we can consider Roger's Continuing Appointment and Promotion to be a done deal.

Today I received a formal letter in the mail from Arizona State University notifying me that Roger Knouff's application for promotion to Associate Librarian is to be approved.  Actually it is a little slipperier than that, the library administration recommends it up their chain of command, and if it is like my institution, it is ultimately the university president or board who decides.  Though once it has passed the library administration, such decisions are rarely reversed so I think we can consider Roger's Continuing Appointment and Promotion to be a done deal.

All that doublespeak aside, congratulations Roger and I'm pleased to have played a role in this (as external reviewer).

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Discussion An antiquarian map store in downtown Chicago

by Kathleen Weessies (non-member) on Thu, May 30, 2013 at 08:54 am

I've located two antiquarian map dealers in the Chicago area, and one is in downtown Chicago very close and convenient to where we will be next month.

Harlan J. Berk, Ltd. is primarily a coin shop (Paige!) but they also deal with maps --- enough so that they will be exhibiting at the upcoming Chicago Map Fair (see http://www.chicagomapfair.com/exhibitors)

I've located two antiquarian map dealers in the Chicago area, and one is in downtown Chicago very close and convenient to where we will be next month.

Harlan J. Berk, Ltd. is primarily a coin shop (Paige!) but they also deal with maps --- enough so that they will be exhibiting at the upcoming Chicago Map Fair (see http://www.chicagomapfair.com/exhibitors)

The store is located at : 31. N Clark st. Chicago, IL 60602           Phone: (312) 609 - 0016            Fax: (312) 609 - 1305           Website: www.hjbltd.com            Email:  info@hjbltd.com

Collection: http://www.hjbltd.com/maps/maps.asp?inventorygroup=mp

Another area map dealer, George Ritzlin, is a train ride away in Evanston, Illinois (where Northwestern University is).  Directions and hours are posted at his website linked below.

George Ritzlin Maps & Prints

1937 Central St. Evanston, IL 60201               Phone: (847) 328 - 1966               Website: www.ritzlin.com                              Email: maps@ritzlin.com

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Discussion Maps the RDA Way - Come catalog a map with us!

by Tracey Urbick on Tue, May 21, 2013 at 05:44 pm

 

 

ALA’s Map and Geospatial Information Round Table (MAGIRT)  presents. . .

 

Maps the RDA Way: Come catalog a map with us!

 

RDA has arrived!  So have changes large and small from AACR2. However, you need not fear!

 

Experienced map catalogers and long-time MAGIRT members Paige Andrew and Susan Moore are prepared to assist those catalogers wanting to (or just plain needing to!) learn about RDA-based changes to cataloging cartographic materials.  Participants will create brief records for two maps using an RDA work form.  You will receive a eeNational Geographic Costa Rica Adventure Map and a color copy of a CIA map. You will be guided through the descriptive process, and leave having cataloged two maps!

 

Day & Time: Saturday, June 29th, 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

 

Place: InterContinental Chicago - 505 N. Michigan Ave.

 

Room:Seville East (INTER-Seville East)

 

Co-Presenters: Paige G. Andrew - Maps Cataloging Librarian, Pennsylvania State University

 

Susan Moore - Cataloging Librarian/Bibliographer, University of Northern Iowa

 

For more information about the program and related resources, visit MAGIRT’s new Map and Geospatial Resources Guide at http://magirt.ala.libguides.com/trainingsandpresentations!

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Discussion Recording and handout for "Maps for Kids: Online Resources for K-12 Geography Education" now available!

by Carol McAuliffe on Thu, May 9, 2013 at 12:32 pm

Thank you again to everyone who participated in the MAGIRT webinar "Maps for Kids: Online Resources for K-12 Geography Education" held on May 7th.

For those of you who were not able to attend, the recorded webinar is available here:

http://ala.adobeconnect.com/p6z06vthtvm/

 
The handout  is available here:

Thank you again to everyone who participated in the MAGIRT webinar "Maps for Kids: Online Resources for K-12 Geography Education" held on May 7th.

For those of you who were not able to attend, the recorded webinar is available here:

http://ala.adobeconnect.com/p6z06vthtvm/

 
The handout  is available here:

http://lgdata.s3-website-us-east-1.amazonaws.com/docs/3001/750414/MapsForKidsWebinarHandout.pdf

 
We hope you will join us for the next MAGIRT webinar!

Webinar Description:
Geoliteracy is important for K-12 students to learn in today’s increasingly connected world.  There are many online tools that can help teach students geographic perspective and spatial reasoning. This webinar will look at some of the most useful sites for K-12 education focusing on geoliteracy skills, human-environment interactions, and other basic geographic principles.  The intended audience is educators of all types: teachers, school media specialists, and other geographic information librarians who are interested in collaborating with the K-12 educational community.  Sponsored by ALA MAGIRT - the Map and Geospatial Information Round Table.
                       
About the presenter:
Carol McAuliffe has been the Head of the Map & Imagery Library at the George A. Smathers' Libraries at the University of Florida for almost 7 years and specializes in geoliteracy, geography and GIS education, and the educational role of the geographic information librarian.

Have an idea for a MAGIRT webinar?  Contact us at magirtbd@ala.org!

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Discussion Upcoming MAGIRT webinar - Care and Feeding of Maps: Tips for Managing Your Map Collection

by Hallie Pritchett on Tue, Mar 5, 2013 at 10:52 am

 

 

 Care and Feeding of Maps: Tips for Managing Your Map Collection   Presenter:  Hallie Pritchett, Head, Map and Government Information Library, University of Georgia Date(s):     Monday, March 18th, 2013 Time:        3 pm – 4 pm EST Location:  http://ala.adobeconnect.com/r8whb2uo5g5/  FREE - no registration necessary!   Description
Maps are an integral part of many library's collections, but due to their unique needs and issues librarians and library staff members often fear them.  This session will address and alleviate the concerns often associated with collecting and working with these valuable resources, offering advice on how to arrange, house, and maintain paper maps and providing an overview of resources for managing map collections of all shapes and sizes.  Sponsored by ALA MAGIRT - the Map and Geospatial Information Round Table.
  About the speaker
Hallie Pritchett has managed large academic map collections for over a decade, first at the University of Minnesota's John R. Borchert Map Library and currently as head of the University of Georgia's new Map and Government Information Library.  She has been an active member of MAGIRT since 2007, and currently serves as Past Chair.  Ms. Pritchett holds a BA in Psychology, Sociology and English from the University of Minnesota, an MLIS from the University of Illinois and a Master of Internet Technology from the University of Georgia. 

 

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Discussion Upcoming MAGIRT webinar - Maps for Kids: Online Resources for K-12 Geography Education

by Carol McAuliffe on Tue, Apr 23, 2013 at 09:57 am

Maps for Kids: Online Resources for K-12 Geography Education

Presenter: Carol McAuliffe, Map Librarian, University of Florida
Date: Tuesday, May 7th, 2013
Time: 3:00pm -4:00pm EST
Free registration: (limit 100)
Register here: https://ala.adobeconnect.com/e7kzctvr9tb/event/registration.html

Maps for Kids: Online Resources for K-12 Geography Education

Presenter: Carol McAuliffe, Map Librarian, University of Florida
Date: Tuesday, May 7th, 2013
Time: 3:00pm -4:00pm EST
Free registration: (limit 100)
Register here: https://ala.adobeconnect.com/e7kzctvr9tb/event/registration.html

Description:
Geoliteracy is important for K-12 students to learn in today’s increasingly connected world.  There are many online tools that can help teach students geographic perspective and spatial reasoning. This webinar will look at some of the most useful sites for K-12 education focusing on geoliteracy skills, human-environment interactions, and other basic geographic principles.  The intended audience is educators of all types: teachers, school media specialists, and other geographic information librarians who are interested in collaborating with the K-12 educational community.  Sponsored by ALA MAGIRT - the Map and Geospatial Information Round Table.
                       
About the speaker:
Carol McAuliffe has been the Head of the Map & Imagery Library at the George A. Smathers' Libraries at the University of Florida for almost 7 years and specializes in geoliteracy, geography and GIS education, and the educational role of the geographic information librarian.

All MAGIRT webinars are recorded and made available through the MAGIRT Map & Geospatial Resources page.

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Discussion GODORT IDTF Preconference “International Statistics: Helping Library Users Understand the Global Community” at 2013 ALA Chicago

by Marcy Bidney on Tue, Apr 2, 2013 at 01:24 pm

**Cross-Posted to several lists**

**Cross-Posted to several lists**

Feeling confident about your ability to answer international statistics questions? Navigating the world of international statistics is as daunting as it sounds. Which sources are authoritative and which are fictitious? Why is it so important to understand the political context in which statistics were collected and compiled before using them in an assignment, article, or report? 

The International Documents Task Force (IDTF) of the Government Documents Roundtable invites you to participate in a preconference at ALA 2013 that will provide you with the skills necessary to identify, assess, and access authoritative statistical sources.

  • WHEN:  June 28, 2013, Friday, 9:00 am - 3:00pm 
  • WHERE: University of Illinois at Chicago Library 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:  Anyone interested in learning about and accessing international statistics. Relevant to government information specialists and generalists working in all types of libraries, including public, academic and special libraries.

Come learn from our experts:

  • Michael McCaffrey, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto
  • Valentina Kalk, Chief, United Nations Publications
  • Neil Fantom, Manager, Development Data Group & Open Data Initiative, World Bank
  • Gareth McGuinnes, Section Chief, Data Warehouse and Dissemination, Statistics Department, International Monetary Fund (IMF)
  • Toby Green, Head of Publishing, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

Register here and register early - space is limited: http://ala13.ala.org/register-now (Event Code: GOD1) Conference registration is not required in order to register for this preconference and lunch is included in the rate. 

Registration Rates: $100, GODORT member*; $150, ALA member / non-member; $75 Student member. Note that discounted rates will appear at the end of the registration process.

*NOTE: If you do not get the GODORT membership rate when registering, please contact Barbara Miller, barbara.miller@okstate.edu

Questions, contact: Amanda Wakaruk, amanda.wakaruk@ualberta.ca 

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