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Online Guide to to U.S. Map Collections

Submitted by Cheyenne Stradinger, Centennial Science & Engineering Library University of New Mexico

The Map and Geospatial Information Round Table (MAGIRT) of the American Library Association has created an Online Guide to U.S. Map Collections.  This is a directory of map collections, big and small, across the United States.

The Online Guide builds upon the work of three previously-published books that served as directories to map collections over the past three decades. On its new Arc GIS online platform, the Guide has become:

  • a crowd-sourced directory that provides accurate, up-to-date information about U.S. map collections;
  • a searchable map interface that allows collections to be easily located by geographic location;
  • a searchable database of subject and geographic specialties​ amongst map collections; and
  • a vehicle for promoting and demonstrating the relevance of map collections in the United States.

Add Your Map Collection to the Online Guide

MAGIRT welcomes New Mexico libraries to take the Survey to get on the map of the Online Guide to U.S. Map Collections!  As a Regional Coordinator for the Guide, I am helping to encourage New Jersey map collections to add their information to the directory.  The Regional Coordinators are especially excited to uncover hidden map collections in order to reveal their geographic information resources to the world of researchers.  Please let us know about yours by filling out the Survey and becoming part of the Online Guide to U.S. Map Collections.

If you have any questions or comments, please email magirtonlineguide@gmail.com(link sends e-mail), or me, at cstradinger@unm.edu

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