ALCTS Announces Basic Maps Cataloging Workshop at The Field Museum

Contact: Julie Reese

ALCTS Education & Meetings

(312) 280-5034

For Immediate Release

October 23, 2007

ALCTS Announces Basic Maps Cataloging Workshop at The Field Museum

CHICAGO - Registration for the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) Basic Maps Cataloging Workshop is now open.

The workshop is scheduled for Dec. 3-4 at The Field Museum in Chicago.

This two-day maps cataloging workshop imparts the basic knowledge and necessary skills needed to ensure the creation of accurate and high-quality bibliographic records. Participants will come away with a good understanding of the differences between maps and other formats, primarily monographs, and between individual maps, as well as the confidence to apply cataloging skills to this format in an understandable manner.

Attendees will be introduced to the three descriptive areas of the bibliographic record that typically cause concern and consternation: titles, and choosing between multiple titles for the title proper, using the 245 and 246 fields; scale statements and conversion (along with the projection statement and geographic coordinates) using the 255 and 034 fields; and 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. Attendees will also learn to use the Natural Scale Indicator with a hands-on exercise. The course will conclude with the attendees creating a brief descriptive record for a hardcopy map.

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

The workshop includes a tour of The Field Museum's "Maps: Finding Our Place in the World" temporary exhibit.

For more information or to register, see or contact Julie Reese, ALCTS Education & Meetings, by phone at (800) 545-2433, ext. 5034, or by e-mail at Be sure to check the Web site for updates on this and other offerings.

ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association (ALA).

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