The MAGERT Programs
from the
2003 American Library Association Annual Conference


What's New in Cartographic Materials Cataloging
Saturday, June 21, 8:30 - 12

Major Changes to Chapter 3 of AACR2R (2002 Amendments)
Elizabeth Mangan (retired; formerly in charge of technical services at the Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress)

Second Edition of Cartographic Materials: A Manual of Interpretation for AACR2
Elizabeth Mangan (retired; formerly in charge of technical services at the Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress)
PowerPoint of hand out version (slightly shorter)
PowerPoint of full presentation

Cataloging of Early Maps
Velma Parker (National Archives of Canada)
PDF version
Cartobibliography in PDF

Electronic-Resource Cartographic Materials - The Basics
Grace Welch (University of Ottawa)
Powerpoint version

Cataloging Electronic-Resource Cartographic Materials - The Basics
Mary Lynette Larsgaard (University of California, Santa Barbara)
HTML version of the handout

MAGERT Contributed Papers
Sunday June 22 from 1:30-3:30

Cartographers without Borders: French Canadian Maps of the Northeastern United States, 1604-1760.
David Allen, Map Collection Head, University at Stony Brook.
http://www.sunysb.edu/libmap/french/frenchne.htm

(This link is no longer active)

This program focuses on colonial era French mapping of the region between the French and British settlements in eastern North America. This area was largely dominated by groups of Indians, many of which were allied with the French. In comparison to the British and American colonists the French produced remarkably detailed and accurate maps of this region. These maps contain a wealth of information about Indian settlements, trade routes, and military activities during the colonial period.

Exploring and Mapping the Eastern Canadian-American Border, 1816-27: The Boundary Commissions under the Treaty of Ghent.
Dr. Francis Carroll, Professor Emeritus of History, U. of Manitoba, Fellow (ret.), St. John's College.

Dr. Carroll is the author of A Good and Wise Measure: the Search for the Canadian-American Boundary, 1783-1842, (this link is no longer active) published in 2001 by the University of Toronto Press and winner of the Albert B. Corey Prize for 2002. The Corey Prize, jointly sponsored by the Canadian Historical Association and the American Historical Association, is awarded biennially to the best book dealing with the history of Canadian-American relations or the history of both countries, and was presented to Professor Carroll at the annual meeting of the American Historical Association in Chicago, 3 January 2003.

The nearly 60-year process to establish the 2,540 mile eastern boundary between Canada and the United States was ... one of the great stories of exploration and adventure in North American history. Dr. Carroll will discuss the background of the numerous commissions and some of the factors that caused the process to go on for decades, including the scarcity of accurate maps when the process began.
Mr. Carroll's presentation is sponsored in part by the University of Toronto Press.

The Arizona Electronic Atlas: Partnering to Create a Dynamic Resource for the State and Beyond.
Christine Kollen, Geography and Sociology Librarian, University of Arizona Library. Presentation is available at http://www.library.arizona.edu/library/teams/sst/atlas/ala2003.htm (This link is no longer active)

The Arizona Electronic Atlas is a dynamic web-based interactive atlas that will integrate disparate and distinct data sources; allow users to create, manipulate and download accurate and current maps and data; meet the educational and research needs of the users; and provide an innovative tool for improving geographic literacy. This project is being funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services. It is a partnership between the University of Arizona Library (lead institution), Arizona State Cartographers Office, the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, and Arizona State University. This presentation will discuss the origination of the project, development of the grant proposal, nature and importance of partnerships in developing complex web products successfully, involvement of faculty and other stakeholders in identifying data, selection and preparation of the data, the results of our usability study, and a demonstration on how to create and manipulate maps.

Providing Access to Geospatial Data
Monday June 23 from 2-4

Open Source Solution
Dave McIlhagga, President, DM Solutions Group
PowerPoint version

This presentation is about a variety of open source technologies based on the MapServer product from the University of Minnesota that facilitates the search, discovery and access to geographic information. The presentation will include information about emerging international standards and how they have been adopted in Canada to provide access to map data and associated metadata. This talk will also touch on how librarians can participate in the ongoing development of geographic data infrastructure, and readily access geographic information today and into the future.

Making Metadata Easier
Jason Cupp and Angela Lee, ESRI
PowerPoint version

One of the challenges for libraries with GIS data collections is working with GIS metadata. GIS metadata standards and tools are fairly young compared to MARC standards and tools. While this can present challenges to catalogers wondering how to document a GIS data set (or users trying to locate GIS data), it also provides an opportunity to shape the development of GIS metadata to make it easier to create, manage and use. This session will provide a look at some of ESRI's strategies to make metadata easier, and we hope will spark a discussion about strategies from the library community to improve GIS metadata and its interoperability with library standards and tools.

Canadian Experience
Marcel Fortin, GIS/Map Librarian at the University of Toronto
PowerPoint version

This presentation is about the GIS/Map situation in Canada following several years of mergers with other academic units such as the Government publication division. The talk will also include the pros and cons of these mergers.

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Programming for Annual 2003