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Discussion Name Change, Election Results and Program

by Katherine Weimer on Wed, May 25, 2011 at 11:44 am

New name for the Map and Geography Round Table

 This spring, members of the Map and Geography Round Table (MAGERT) voted to change the group’s name to the Map and Geospatial Information Round Table (MAGIRT). The MAGERT Board proposed this change to emphasize the increasing role of geospatial information in today’s libraries, while also reflecting the evolving focus of the Round Table.  The name and acronym are also similar to the historically established and well-known form of the Round Table’s original name.  The new name goes into effect after Annual. 

New name for the Map and Geography Round Table

 This spring, members of the Map and Geography Round Table (MAGERT) voted to change the group’s name to the Map and Geospatial Information Round Table (MAGIRT). The MAGERT Board proposed this change to emphasize the increasing role of geospatial information in today’s libraries, while also reflecting the evolving focus of the Round Table.  The name and acronym are also similar to the historically established and well-known form of the Round Table’s original name.  The new name goes into effect after Annual. 

 New Officers

 Congratulations go out to incoming Chair-Elect, Tracey Hughes, of UC- San Diego and incoming Treasurer, Paige Andrew, of Penn State, both long term MAGERT members and contributors.  We wish them well in their new roles in the coming year. 

 Program in New Orleans

 In New Orleans, MAGERT is presenting the program, “There’s a Map for That! Maps and Tools You Didn’t Know About” on Saturday, June 25th at 1:30 in Room 354 of the Morial Convention Center, focusing on free online maps and mapping resources for all librarians and all types of libraries.   We hope to see you all there. 

 MAGERT celebrated its 30th anniversary last year and is a leader in education and programming related to all types of geospatial resources, including print maps, GIS data and cataloging of cartographic resources.  

 

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Discussion US Topo and libraries: Dealing with the transition from printed maps to online files

by John Stevenson on Fri, Dec 3, 2010 at 03:53 pm

Apologies to those who saw the question I posted to MAPS-L today. I would like to ask my fellow MAGERT members what should be done to make the new US Topo online maps accessible in libraries.

In December 2009, Richard Huffine announced "a new series of digital topographic maps, called US TOPO, that will be produced on a 3-year cycle for the entire conterminous United States" to MAPS-L. His post generated discussion at the time, but since then, there seem to be no postings regarding library practices to help users access the new topographic maps online.

Apologies to those who saw the question I posted to MAPS-L today. I would like to ask my fellow MAGERT members what should be done to make the new US Topo online maps accessible in libraries.

In December 2009, Richard Huffine announced "a new series of digital topographic maps, called US TOPO, that will be produced on a 3-year cycle for the entire conterminous United States" to MAPS-L. His post generated discussion at the time, but since then, there seem to be no postings regarding library practices to help users access the new topographic maps online.

With printed 7.5-minute paper topographic maps, US GPO created map serial records for each state, allowing libraries to load records and attach holdings on an ongoing basis. GPO staff also attempted to catalog each edition of each quadrangle. For many libraries, these records provided choices and many libraries used the map serial records to provide general access to the collections and printed indexes to pinpoint areas of interest.

In July 2010, the GPO started cataloging and archiving the new PDF files. About 280 may now be accessed through CGP (GPO's catalog) using the advanced search SuDoc Call Number = I 19.81: AND W-URL= http (adding an LC subject heading word, such as a state name, makes this search more specific.) Each US Topo map cataloged by GPO has an OCLC record with a unique PURL is assigned to link to the file archived on GPO's server. Linking the PURL to the archived copy should allow retrieval of the specific edition even after if it were removed from the USGS site.

As I see it, the down side to this archival cataloging is currency: users seeking newly-created current editions may not find them or be aware of their existence. The US Topo site links to The USGS Store, which offers both a textual and graphical index. Using the USGS Store, it's possible to find and retrieve the 1993 and 2010 editions for Beaver, PA (which has been cataloged by GPO. Clicking around, one can retrieve the nearby Ambridge, PA quadrangle, which cannot be located through CGP because it lacks a record at this time. In a similar fashion, users seeking a topo for Avon, NY won't find it in CGP (even when it's cataloged) because the quadrangle is named Rush, NY.

Today we need to be able to help users locate maps whenever they want. Lacking the ability to push a printed index to users, would it be better to point users to a point of entry such as the US Topo page, the USGS Store page, or somewhere else?  If there's agreement in the maps community, perhaps GPO could create a serial map record for the country and assign a PURL to take users to the best access point.

 

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Discussion MAGERT is seeking Leaders!

by Marcy Bidney on Fri, Oct 22, 2010 at 04:10 pm

MAGERT is seeking leaders! We need individuals who are passionate about maps, geography, GIS and geospatial data to help in our mission to “inspire information professionals at all levels of expertise in their work with map and geographic resources, collections and technologies in all formats, through community, education and advocacy.”

We would love your participation and always enjoy seeing new faces at our meetings!

MAGERT is seeking leaders! We need individuals who are passionate about maps, geography, GIS and geospatial data to help in our mission to “inspire information professionals at all levels of expertise in their work with map and geographic resources, collections and technologies in all formats, through community, education and advocacy.”

We would love your participation and always enjoy seeing new faces at our meetings!

If you would like to serve one of these positions or you know someone who would, please contact either Marcy Bidney mma17@psu.edu or Hallie Pritchet hpritche@uga.edu

For positions starting after ALA Annual in 2011

Secretary (1 year commitment)

Treasurer (2 year commitment)

Education Committee Chair (2 year commitment)

GeoTech Committee Chair (2 year commitment)

ALCTS/MAGERT Discussion Group on Map Cataloging - Discussion group leader  (2 years commitment)


You can also become a member of MAGERT and participate in committee work virtually if you are unable to attend ALA conferences in person!



Sincerely,

 

Marcy Bidney

Chair, MAGERT

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  • Provides a forum for the exchange of ideas by persons working with or interested in map and geography collections
  • 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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