Cartographic specialists are often located in institutions where they are the only people who work with maps or GIS. When problems arise, there is nobody to ask for assistance. Fortunately, there are ways to get help from afar.
Several items on the "electronic publications" page of this site are designed to provide basic information for new map librarians. In addition, WAML (the Western Association of Map Libraries) has put together a useful list of practical information in its Map Librarian's Tool Box.
If you have a specific question, your best bet is often to ask it on a listserv. The most important listserv for map librarians is Maps-L, which is run by Johnny Sutherland at the University of Georgia. To subscribe to Maps-L, send an e-mail message to email@example.com, and type the following in the text of the message: SUBSCRIBE MAPS-L [your first name] [your last name]. Those with more specialized interests will also want to consider joining Maphist (for history of cartography) or a listserv dealing with GIS. To subscribe to Maphist, send a message to: listserv@HARVARDA.HARVARD.EDU. Those who want to learn more about Geographic Information Systems can subscribe to GIS-L or to GIS4LIB. To subscribe to GIS-L, send a message to: LISTSERVER@GEONET.COM. To subscribe to GIS4LIB (deals specifically with issues relating to GIS in libraries) send "subscribe" message to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally, there are situations in which you may need to consult at length with an experienced map librarian. To meet this need we are instituting Ask a Map or GIS Librarian.
Here follows a list of librarians and information specialists who are willing to answer questions from other professionals concerning issues relating to maps and GIS in libraries. They can be consulted by e-mail or by phone. If you want to talk by phone, please contact the person first by e-mail to set up an appointment.
Digital Data and GIS:
University of Connecticut
Homer Babbidge Library
369 Fairfield Road
Map and Geographic Information Center
Storrs, CT 06268-1005
Digital Data and GIS:
Tsering Wangyal Shawa
Geographic Information Systems Librarian
Geosciences and Map Library, Guyot Hall
Princeton, NJ 08544
Digital Imaging, Preservation, Dublin Core Metadata, General Questions about Map Librarianship:
SUNY Stony Brook
Stony Brook, NY 11794-3331
Small Map Collections Issues:
Joseph M. Winkler
Coordinator of the Research Collections
St. Louis Public Library
1301 Olive St.
Saint Louis, Mo 63103
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA 50613
E506 Pattee Library
Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802
General Questions about Map Librarianship
Arizona State University Libraries
P.O. Box 871006
Tempe, AZ 85287-1006
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