How to Get Help from Colleagues

        Cartographic specialists are often located in institutions where they are the only people who work with maps or Geographic Information Systems (GIS). When questions 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.  To subscribe to Maps-L, send an e-mail message to, and type the following in the text of the message:  SUBSCRIBE MAPS-L [your first name] [your last name].

 For  history of cartography  subscribe to Maphist. Send a message to: listserv@HARVARDA.HARVARD.EDU.  

For geographic information systems subscribe to GIS-L by sending a message to: LISTSERVER@GEONET.COM

For GIS in libraries subscribe to GIS4LIB  message to:

          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.

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.
Click here to send e-mail to any of the librarians listed below, or to ask generally about map librarianship or Magert.

Digital Data and GIS:
Tsering Wangyal Shawa
Geographic Information Systems Librarian
Geosciences and Map Library,
Guyot Hall

Princeton University
Princeton, NJ 08544
Telephone: 609/258-6804
Fax: 609/258-1274
Pete Reehling
Geographic Information Librarian
4202 E. Fowler Ave.
LIB 122
University of South Florida
Tampa, FL 33620
Phone: 813/974-1647
Digital Imaging, Preservation,
Dublin Core Metadata
General Questions:

Scott R. McEathron
Map Librarian
Anschutz Library
University of Kansas
1301 Hoch Auditoria Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045-7537
Telephone: 785/864-4662

Small Map Collections:
Joseph M. Winkler
Coordinator of the Research Collections
St. Louis Public Library
1301 Olive St.
Saint Louis, Mo 63103
Telephone: 314/539-0344
Fax: 314/539-0393

Susan Moore
Rod Library
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA 50613
Telephone: 319/273-2913
Fax: 319/273-2913
Paige Andrew
E506 Pattee Library
University Libraries
Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802
Telephone: 814/865-1755
Fax: 814/863-7293
Map and Atlas Acquisitions:

Angie Cope
American Geographical Society Library
2311 E. Hartford Avenue
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53201
Telephone: 414/ 229-6282


Revised 01/17/2006

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How to Get Help from Colleagues