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Discussion MAGIRT Resource Guide is Ready for You!

by Kathleen Weessies (non-member) on Mon, Apr 1, 2013 at 02:57 pm

MAGIRT members have been hard at work creating an online resource guide for the geospatial librarianship world.  The information is free for you to use on topics ranging from geospatial data, geospatial technologies, a professional development toolkit, and recent MAGIRT activities on these subjects.  Check it out at http://magirt.ala.libguides.com/resources

MAGIRT members have been hard at work creating an online resource guide for the geospatial librarianship world.  The information is free for you to use on topics ranging from geospatial data, geospatial technologies, a professional development toolkit, and recent MAGIRT activities on these subjects.  Check it out at http://magirt.ala.libguides.com/resources

MAGIRT contracted with the popular LibGuides platform by Springshare.  The goal is for this guide to be useful to the profession.  We invite your input and your proposals for future MAGIRT Libguides, because it is you that will make it the best resource it can be.

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Kathleen Weessies
Vice-Chair

Map and Geospatial Information Round Table

American Library Association

 

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Discussion Thank you for GIS Lite input - article pending

by Kathleen Weessies (non-member) on Wed, Jan 16, 2013 at 03:36 pm

Thank you everyone for your thoughtful comments.  The article has been submitted and accepted for publication by LITA's Information and Technology and Libraries to be published in March or June 2013.  Details to come!

Discussion Recording and handout for "Care and Feeding of Maps: Tips for Managing Your Map Collection" available

by Hallie Pritchett on Tue, Mar 19, 2013 at 09:44 am

Thanks to everyone who attended MAGIRT's first webinar Care and Feeding of Maps: Tips for Managing Your Map Collection on the 18th - we had a GREAT turnout!  For those of you who were not able to attend, the recorded webinar is available here:

http://ala.adobeconnect.com/p8v29xakuc6/

The handout of resources related to map collection management is available here:

Thanks to everyone who attended MAGIRT's first webinar Care and Feeding of Maps: Tips for Managing Your Map Collection on the 18th - we had a GREAT turnout!  For those of you who were not able to attend, the recorded webinar is available here:

http://ala.adobeconnect.com/p8v29xakuc6/

The handout of resources related to map collection management is available here:

Care and Feeding of Maps: Tips for Managing Your Map Collection - Selected Resources

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

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Discussion Two short videos on using Skype for MAGIRT Committee Meetings

by Kathleen Weessies (non-member) on Thu, Feb 28, 2013 at 08:00 am

I made two short (and very low-budget) videos that show on-screen how to create and use Skype for MAGIRT committee meetings.  You do not need a video camera to use Skype, and in fact MAGIRT meetings never use video.  We do highly recommend a headset though.

On the video window, don't overlook the little icon that allows you to expand the screen to your entire monitor - otherwise it is too small to see well.

I made two short (and very low-budget) videos that show on-screen how to create and use Skype for MAGIRT committee meetings.  You do not need a video camera to use Skype, and in fact MAGIRT meetings never use video.  We do highly recommend a headset though.

On the video window, don't overlook the little icon that allows you to expand the screen to your entire monitor - otherwise it is too small to see well.

  • Setting up Skype: (4:59) http://screenr.com/Jj47  Includes installing the software, creating a profile, adding a profile picture, adding contacts
  • Making and Receiving Calls in Skype: (3:30) http://screenr.com/xI47  Includes testing your microphone and speakers, fixing your audio settings, making a call, receiving a call.

 

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Discussion Don't Be Afraid of RDA!

by Paige Andrew on Fri, Feb 15, 2013 at 01:14 pm

RDA is almost here! Many institutions will begin actively using RDA in their cataloging workflows as of the launch date of March 31, 2013. Experienced map catalogers and long-time MAGIRT members Paige Andrew and Susan Moore are preparing to assist those catalogers wanting to (or just plain needing to!) learn about RDA-based changes to cataloging cartographic materials.

If RDA and cartographic materials sound scary, then let MAGIRT ease your fears on June 30, 2013 from
8:30 – 10 am in Chicago at Annual 2013!

Discussion More information wanted on LC/USGS MOU to inventory, scan, and archive USGS maps

by Mary McInroy (non-member) on Fri, Feb 15, 2013 at 09:20 am

Colleagues, I shared the following portion of the latest base line with a geological survey friend:

The Library of Congress and the U. S. Geological Survey
signed a Memorandum of Understanding July 25 to inventory, scan, and archive
the 210,000 USGS maps (1879-present) that are held by the USGS Library and the
Geography and Map Division, and to disseminate the geospatial data developed
pursuant to the USGS National Geospatial Program.

Colleagues, I shared the following portion of the latest base line with a geological survey friend:

The Library of Congress and the U. S. Geological Survey
signed a Memorandum of Understanding July 25 to inventory, scan, and archive
the 210,000 USGS maps (1879-present) that are held by the USGS Library and the
Geography and Map Division, and to disseminate the geospatial data developed
pursuant to the USGS National Geospatial Program.

He had not heard about it and wanted to know more.  Can anyone add to this information?  I'll pass anything on to him.

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Discussion Sneak Peek of GIS core journal list

by Kathleen Weessies (non-member) on Tue, Feb 5, 2013 at 07:38 am

A core list of GIS journals has finally been established by MAGIRT member Edith Scarletto.  Pre-pub version available, to be published in 2014.

http://crl.acrl.org/search?fulltext=scarletto&submit=yes&x=0&y=0

 

 

Discussion 2013 Program:

by Kathleen Weessies (non-member) on Sat, Jan 26, 2013 at 03:31 pm

RDA is here! If RDA and cartographic materials sound scary, then let MAGIRT ease your fears. If you’re a cataloger working with cartographic resources, our experts will help you manage RDA changes in a hands-on program focusing on three areas in bibliographic description: title(s), mathematical data, and physical description. We’ll emphasize print maps and touch on digital resources. You’ll get a map, be guided through the descriptive process, and leave having cataloged a map!

Discussion Worst idea ever for a MAGIRT-sponsored ALA Program

by Kathleen Weessies (non-member) on Mon, Jan 21, 2013 at 02:13 pm

Worst idea for a MAGIRT-sponsored ALA Program?

  • Move a map collection in under an hour: A hands-on workshop!

Discussion Mass Transit from Seattle Airport to Downtown

by Kathleen Weessies (non-member) on Wed, Jan 16, 2013 at 10:28 am

It is possible to get from the Seattle airport to near your hotel using mass transit. The Central Link light rail travels between downtown and the airport every 7.5 to 15 minutes, depending on the time of day.  http://www.soundtransit.org/Schedules/Central-Link-light-rail

It is possible to get from the Seattle airport to near your hotel using mass transit. The Central Link light rail travels between downtown and the airport every 7.5 to 15 minutes, depending on the time of day.  http://www.soundtransit.org/Schedules/Central-Link-light-rail

If you go to the Westlake stop, you will be within walking distance of many downtown locations, such as .3 miles to the convention center.  It would be about a .5 to .7 mile walk to the Springhill Suites, though.  If you are staying at the Springhill Suites, you have the option of using the Pioneer Station stop instead then catching bus 25 at the corner of 3rd Street and James, and exiting at Howell & Yale.

If you will be going straight to the MOHAI tour, then exit at Westlake and switch to the South Lake Union Streetcar for the 8 minute ride to the Terry Street stop.

A single ride is $2.75.  If you are transferring to a bus or to the streetcar, then it will be $5 total.

Plan your trip here: http://www.soundtransit.org/Trip-Planner

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  • Provides a forum to increase the availability, use, and bibliographic control of map and geography collections
  • Increases communication and cooperation between map and geography librarians and other librarians
  • Contributes to the improvement of education and training of map and geography librarians.

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