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Basic Maps Cataloging
an ALCTS Workshop

December 3-4 , 2007
The Field Museum
Chicago, IL

Click Here to Register Online

This two-day maps cataloging workshop presents a basic knowledge level and the necessary skills to ensure creation of accurate and high-quality bibliographic records. Participants will come away with a good understanding of the differences inherent between maps and other formats of material, primarily monographs, the variability inherent and encountered in individual maps, and the confidence to apply cataloging skills to this format of material in an understandable manner.  Unique to this workshop, participants will also tour The Field Museum’s Maps: Finding Our Place in the World temporary exhibit.

Attendees will be introduced to the three descriptive areas of the bibliographic record that typically cause concern and consternation. Those areas are: 1) titles, and choosing between multiple titles for the title proper, using the 245 and 246 fields; 2) scale statements and conversion (along with the projection statement and geographic coordinates) using the 255 and 034 fields; and 3) physical description, with a focus on taking correct measurements, using the 300 field.

The instructor, Paige Andrew will also cover cartographic materials-related fixed fields, appropriate notes, and how to construct a call number using the Library of Congress' G-classification schedule. We will also learn to use the Natural Scale Indicator with a hands-on exercise, and will conclude with the attendees creating a brief descriptive record for a hardcopy map.

Attendees will receive a set of handouts as reference materials that touch on the entire range of descriptive and other elements contained in the bibliographic record for maps. The handouts cover not only the above-mentioned areas but also a look at handling map facsimiles, plus bibliographies and several "ready reference" resources.

Other topics that may be covered include an overview of finding matching copy on OCLC, and a look at cataloging geographic atlases.

It is assumed that the participant is already conversant in using the MARC 21 and ISBD standards, AACR2 and LCRIs, etc., and OCLC's Connexion Client.

Before the workshop read the article "Problem Areas in the Descriptive Cataloging of Maps" by Ken Rockwell, found in either Cataloging & Classification Quarterly, vol. 27, no. 1/2 (1999) or in the companion monograph Maps and Related Cartographic Materials: Cataloging, Classification and Bibliographic Control. It would be helpful to read and review a couple of chapters in Mary L. Larsgaard's book, Map Librarianship: an Introduction, last edition published in 1998 by Libraries Unlimited. They are Chapter 2. Classification, and Chapter 3. Cataloging.

Session Notes:
Participants are invited to bring a map(s) for specific questions, or to use in class as part of the learning experience.

Maps: Finding Our Place in the World is organized by The Field Museum and The Newberry Library.  Presented by NAVTEQ.

Dates, Times, and Location

December 3-4, 2007
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. each day

The Field Museum
1201 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL  60605
Phone: 312.665.7909

Directions to the Museum

Paige Andrew
Maps Cataloging Librarian
Pennsylvania State University

University Park, Pennsylvania


Registration Fees: (Includes course materials, snacks, and access to The Field Museum's Maps: Finding Our Place in the World temporary exhibit.)

$329 - ALCTS Member
$389 - Non Memeber
$159 - Full Time Library School Student

There are two ways to register.  Registration Deadline: November 19th

Click Here to Register Online

Click Here to print and mail the registration form.

For more information about the workshop contact Julie Reese, ALCTS Education, at or (312) 280-5034.

Related Files

Registration Form
Paige Andrews Bio

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Last Revised: November 14, 2007

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