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1 Map Collection Basics By Christopher J.J. Thiry The Accidental Map Librarian Workshop March 29, 2007

2 Methods to acquire maps and atlases Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) Colorado state depository program Gifts from patrons Gifts from other libraries Free – AAA, visitors centers, National Geographic Purchase

3 Paper Map Advantages and Disadvantages Advantages Easily recognizable Great in displays No special equipment needed Can view entire map at once Displays information quickly Disadvantages Static Out-of-date Can be used by only one patron at a time Difficult to store flat Flat files are large, heavy, and very expensive

4 Globes & Atlases A globe – any size – current Rand McNally Goode's World Atlas World Atlas—National Geographic Atlas of the World Times Comprehensive Atlas of the World, National Geographic African Adventure Atlas

5 Road Atlases Rand McNally The Road Atlas: US, Canada, Mexico Colorado Atlas and Gazetteer Benchmark Colorado Road & Recreation Atlas Rand McNally 2006 Denver Metro, Colorado: Street Guide

6 Historical Atlases Historical atlas of the United States Historical atlas of Colorado Historical Atlas of the Holy Lands There’s a Map on My Lap

7 Topos from the US Geological Survey Excellent for historical research. Some sheets up-to- date, others over 50 years old. Different scales. Complete coverage of the US. Good to own maps of your library’s city and county--$6 each. Free indexes

8 Castle Rock, Colorado Topos 1:500,000 1980 1:250,000 1978 1:125,000 1898 1:125,000 1913

9 Castle Rock, Colorado cont. 1:100,000 1983 1:62,500 1945 1:50,000 1976

10 Castle Rock, Colorado cont. 1:24,000 1965 1:24,000 1971 1:24,000 1980 1:24,000 1994

11 Free Maps Chamber of Commerce Visitors Centers AAA (with membership) State road maps

12 General Maps Travel maps -- Rand McNally, ITM, Michelin, etc. National Geographic – from magazine, wall maps Travel guide books Hiking maps – Trails Illustrated, Latitude 40, Skyterrain, Trail Tracks Raised relief

13 Maps Produced by the Federal Government CIA – excellent base maps, many up-to- date, most scanned

14 USGS Maps State maps -- excellent base maps, can be plain, with topography, or with shaded relief County series – complete coverage of Colorado at 1:50,000 National Parks -- most out-of-date, show topography and often shaded relief.

15 NFS, NPS, BLM National Park Service – black boarder, given away free at park entrances, up-to-date National Forest Service – up- to-date, shows roads, trails, camping, no contours Bureau of Land Management – similar to Forest Service maps. Surface and Mineral Management maps out-of-date the moment they are printed

16 Map Reference Books Guide to U.S. Map Resources Where Once We Walked: A Guide to the Jewish Communities Destroyed in the Holocaust Land Navigation Handbook: The Sierra Club Guide to Map, Compass & GPS (Sierra Club Outdoor Adventure Guides)

17 Acquiring Paper Maps -- Locally Mapsco, Denver (big map store) Arwyn Map Co., Wheat Ridge Crossroads Map Co., Denver Art Source International (antique maps), Boulder Old Map Gallery (antique maps), Denver REI (hiking and mountain biking maps), Denver, Boulder, Westminster US Geological Survey Map Sales Counter (only USGS, BLM, and US Forest Service products) Most large bookstores (Boarders, etc.) have maps and some atlases “Free” sources – chambers of commerce, visitors centers See the Yellow Pages for more

18 Acquiring maps via the Web For a more complete list go to: Odden's Bookmarks of Maps and Mapping -- over 22,000 links to map sites. MapLink--specializing in tourist maps. Omni Resources--specializing in topographic and geologic maps. Treaty Oak--specializing in maps of South and Central America DeLorme Mapping--travel atlases and digital topos. US Geological Survey (topos, national parks, national forests) Online booksellers (Amazon, have maps and atlases

19 Maps on the Web Advantages and Disadvantages Advantages Can be up-to-date Can be used by many patrons at a time Not storage issues Can be dynamic Disadvantages Difficult to find quickly Special equipment needed – high-speed internet, better computer, larger monitor Questionable authority Difficult to print out other than 8.5 x 11 Cannot view entire map on screen at once

20 How to Begin Thinking About Maps on the Web Static (PDF/JPG) – just a picture – unchanging Dynamic –Interactive –Customizable Maps (WebGIS) –Can see changes

21 Maps on the Web -- Reference Map Librarian’s Toolbox by the Western Association of Map Libraries (WAML) Colorado School of Mines Map Room University of Colorado, Boulder Map Library

22 Finding Your Way on the Web The Big 3

23 Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) & GeoNET Searchable database from the U.S. Board on Geographic Names Includes foreign & domestic names Includes place’s co-ordinates, topo sheet name, and county –For USA has links to topos and aerial photos

24 National Atlas Printable maps Interactive maps (Dynamic Maps) Customizable maps (Map Maker) Download raw data

25 The National Map: The Nation’s Topographic Map for the 21 st Century “The National Map is a consistent framework for geographic knowledge needed by the Nation. It provides public access to high-quality, geospatial data and information from multiple partners to help support decision-making by resource managers and the public.”

26 Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection CIA maps Many other maps: news agencies, other government agencies, historical maps

27 Library of Congress American Memory Project –Civil War Maps –Liberia ~ Maps ~ 1830-1870 –Maps and Cartographic Items ~ 1500-Present –National Parks ~ Maps –Panoramic Maps ~ 1847-1929 –Railroads ~ Maps ~ 1828-1900 –Revolutionary Era Maps ~ 1750-1789 –World War II Military Situation Maps MrSID & JPEG2000 files Need special software to download/print

28 David Rumsey Collection  “The David Rumsey Historical Map Collection has over 14,800 maps online. The collection focuses on rare 18th and 19th century North and South America maps and other cartographic materials. Historic maps of the World, Europe, Asia and Africa are also represented. Collection categories include antique atlas, globe, school geography, maritime chart, state, county, city, pocket, wall, children’s and manuscript maps. The collection can be used to study history, genealogy and family history.” Viewing software may be impeded by individual computer settings.

29 Historic Aerial Photographs of Colorado s/home.asp s/home.asp Access to over 1,700 digitized aerial photographs of Colorado taken by the U.S. Forest Service in the years from 1938 to 1947

30 Aerial photos – Terraserver USA Not to be confused with – fee-based site Includes aerial photos, “urban areas” aerial photos, and topographic maps

31 Flood Maps  Flood maps by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)  rvlet/FemaWelcomeView?storeId=10001& catalogId=10001&langId=-1 rvlet/FemaWelcomeView?storeId=10001& catalogId=10001&langId=-1  Up-to-date  Look the same as paper versions

32 U.S. Census Bureau Mapping Congressional District Maps Online Mapping –American Fact Finder –TIGER Map Server

33 Soil Maps  Soil maps from the US Natural Resources Conservation Service  Not entire country covered  Some just scans of older surveys and not all surveys scanned.  Must define AOI (Area of Interest)  Use tabs to move back and forth between base map and soil map

34 Other Useful Sites National Geological Mapping Database -- Includes a searchable catalog of paper and digital geologic maps http://ngmdb.usgs.gov Geospatial One Stop – digital (GIS) data produced by the federal government Odden’s Bookmarks ( Rocky Mountain Map Society Western Association of Map Libraries (WAML) http://www.waml.org

35 Contact Information Christopher J.J. Thiry Map Librarian Arthur Lakes Library Colorado School of Mines Office: (303) 273-3697 Fax: (303) 273-3199

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