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Map librarianship : an introduction
Larsgaard, Mary Lynette, 1946-2017.
Third edition.
Publication Information:
Englewood, Colo. : Libraries Unlimited, 1998.
Physical Description:
xxix, 487 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
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Z692.M3 L37 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Providing the basics for working with spatial-data collections in libraries, this book describes in detail the processes and procedures of map selection, acquisition, classification, cataloging, everyday storage, care, preservation, reference, public relations, and education. Focus is on practicalities of handling both hard copy and digital forms of atlases, maps, remote-sensing images, globes, and so forth. Larsgaard has thoroughly revised and updated the book, addressing major changes resulting from the shift of spatial data to digital forms, and she has added significant new material to the chapters on selection, cataloging, and reference.

Author Notes

rsgaard /f Mary /i Lynette

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Larsgaard intends to provide practical information to persons responsible for maps and other cartographic materials in libraries. Her book follows the format and style of the previous editions and is written in the same informal prose, but it has been thoroughly updated to address recent advances in the field. The term "spatial data" has replaced "cartographic materials" where appropriate. The chapter on selection and acquisition includes advice on collection development policies for spatial data in digital form, as well as a 20-page section describing the various types and sources of digital spatial data. In the cataloging chapter, the section on cataloging problems has been revised to include digital forms of spatial data. A section on moving a map library has been added and the appendixes have been changed significantly. Larsgaard adds a sampling of digital data on CD-ROMs and diskette and a draft of new cataloging rules for spatial data in digital form, and she drops the sample policies for collection development, the list of periodicals relating to cartographic materials, the US acquisitions lists, the cartographic materials cataloging work form, and the suggested syllabus for cartographic materials librarianship course. Graduate students; faculty; professionals. J. A. Coombs; Southwest Missouri State University