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Guide to U.S. Map Resources

Third Edition

of the American Library Association, Map and Geography Round Table (MAGERT) - Edited by Christopher J.J. Thiry

More than fourteen years have passed since the second edition of the Map and Geography Round Table's Guide to U.S. Map Resources appeared in 1990. The third edition offers users a detailed snapshot of and guide to hundreds of map collections and cartographic resources in libraries and repositories throughout the nation.

Substantial changes have occurred within library map collections over the past decade and a half, and not surprisingly, the computer has been at the core of most of these innovations. Geographic information systems (GIS), the World Wide Web, email, Portable Document Format, data sets, the Internet and digitization have all played revolutionary roles in transforming libraries—and map collections in particular—over the past fifteen years. Today's librarian who works with maps is no longer limited by the contents of his or her own map and atlas collection. In many cases the librarian can turn to the Internet and locate a map or data set physically located in a library hundreds of miles away. However, this is not always the case.

But knowing which collection may contain a needed cartographic item can be a valuable first step in locating the item in question. As map collections everywhere continue to grow, new maps, digital files, aerial photos, and atlases become available to users every day. This detailed, timely, and reliable guide to these varied and still somewhat "hidden" cartographic collections—and their personnel—serves as a useful reference tool, especially in this digital age, when library online catalogues are immediately and readily accessible.
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Scarecrow Press / Map & Geography Round Table
Pages: 520Size: 7 x 10
978-0-8108-5268-6 • Paperback • November 2005 • $110.00 • (£75.00)
Christopher J.J. Thiry is the Map Librarian at Arthur Lakes Library at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado.
Part 1 Acknowledgments
Part 2 Foreword
Part 3 Introduction
Part 4 Collection Directory
Part 5 Appendix A: Original Announcement of the Opening of the Survey
Part 6 Appendix B: "Long Survey"
Part 7 Appendix C: "Short Survey"
Part 8 Appendix D: Totals of Map Holdings by Institution
Part 9 Appendix E: Library/Institution Index
Part 10 Appendix F: Names Index
Part 11 Appendix G: Geographic/Subject/Special Collection Index
Part 12 Appendix H: Regional Federal Depository Libraries Index
Part 13 Appendix I: Depository Libraries' Collections Index
...a fine job of providing directory information that is still useful in the twenty-first century. Recommended for medium-sized to large public and academic libraries.
Booklist, 4/1/2006

...the best way to discover the principle map collections in a particular area, and is therefore recommended for all academic, larger public, and genealogy libraries.
American Reference Books Annual

This admittedly overdue update of the 1990 and 1986 editions reflects map collections transformed by such technologies as geographical information systems, data sets, and digitalization. From a 2003-4 survey conducted by Thiry (map librarian, Colorado School of Mines, Golden) from his library's map room's website, he has compiled a directory of collections at academic, federal, public, private, state, and other institutions. Entries, referenced to accession numbers in the indices, are organized alphabetically by state and include information on contacts, holdings, access, GIS and other services. Web resources are included. Indexed by library/ institution, name, geographic/subject/special collection, regional Federal depository library, and collection receiving items through the Federal Depository Library Program.
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