CANCELLED: Map Cataloging Basics the METRO Way

Speaker Paige Andrew
A native of Seattle, Mr. Paige G. Andrew is the faculty Maps Cataloging Librarian at the Pennsylvania State University Libraries, at the rank of Librarian, a position he has held since early 1995. Prior to his current position he was the Maps Cataloger at the University of Georgia Library from ...

A native of Seattle, Mr. Paige G. Andrew is the faculty Maps Cataloging Librarian at the Pennsylvania State University Libraries, at the rank of Librarian, a position he has held since early 1995. Prior to his current position he was the Maps Cataloger at the University of Georgia Library from 1986 to 1995. He earned an MLS from the University of Washington in 1986 and BA from Western Washington University, majoring in Geography, in 1983.

As an active maps cataloger, he participates in three of LC’s Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) programs: BIBCO, NACO, and SACO, serving as his department’s BIBCO Coordinator since 2010. Mr. Andrew is the author of Cataloging Sheet Maps, The Basics (2003) and co-author of RDA and Cartographic Resources (2014), with Susan M. Moore and Mary Larsgaard. In addition, he co-edited, with Ms. Larsgaard, Maps and Related Cartographic Materials: Cataloging, Classification and Bibliographic Control (1999). Mr. Andrew is also co-founder and continuing co-editor of the Journal of Map & Geography Libraries. He has published several articles on the bibliographic control of cartographic materials in professional journals such as Cataloging & Classification Quarterly. He continues to share his expertise in map cataloging through workshops given at conferences and individual institutions as well as through formal presentations. His teaching began in 1994.

Mr. Andrew has served his profession as an officer and as chair/leader of many committees, including for the American Library Association (ALA), the Special Libraries Association (SLA), and several others. He is currently Chair of the Map and Geospatial Information Round Table of ALA (MAGIRT).

Mr. Andrew was the recipient of the 2009 Nancy B. Olson Award for significant contributions to audiovisual cataloging by colleagues of Online Audiovisual Catalogers Inc. (OLAC).

Full Description

This workshop has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

The primary objective of this workshop is to give the participant a basic knowledge level and the necessary skill to create accurate, high-quality bibliographic records for sheet maps or to be able to work successfully with copy. At the very least the participant will come away with a good understanding of the differences inherent between maps and other kinds of resources, primarily monographs, and the confidence to apply cataloging skills/standards to this resource type. The workshop is aimed at those who have never described cartographic resources or who only occasionally do so and are looking to refresh their knowledge and skills.

Skills that will be taught include: how to decide which title to choose as the title proper when more than one appears on a map; recording scale information correctly when provided or determining a scale when it is not specifically stated; and the proper techniques for measuring a map(s) and how to record that, along with other physical/carrier description information. The workshop is based on the Resource Description and Access (RDA) standard but also compares closely with AACR2. It is assumed that the participant is already experienced with MARC21, AACR2 and OCLC’s Bibliographic Formats standards; it would be helpful if she/he has used the RDA Toolkit.

Participants will leave with a set of skills that allows them to begin the process of creating original bibliographic records, and serves to assist in identifying matching copy as well.  In addition, participants will receive a set of reference materials that will assist them in the overall process of record creation and/or enhancing existing records.  

Specific areas of the bibliographic record that will be covered include:

  • Choice of title (when more than one exists) and the title fields (245 and 246)
  • Scale types and statements, projection statements, and supplying coordinates (255 and 034 fields)
  • Physical description (300 field)
  • Associated fields to those noted above

We will also briefly go over match criteria for identifying copy in OCLC’s WorldCat database, have fun with a scale measurement exercise to learn how to use a Natural Scale Indicator, practice measuring from a neat line (and what to do when there isn’t one) and create a very brief original bibliographic record for a sheet map.

What will not be covered in this workshop?
So there is no misunderstanding, this workshop will not cover how to catalog

  • map serials
  • CD-ROM products
  • globes; atlases
  • map analytics
  • manuscript/historical maps [though much does apply]
  • electronic datasets (GIS and other geographic data found online or on a disc)

as each of these specific cartographic resource types can be learned by extension once one has an understanding of creating a record for a sheet map. However, an included group of bibliographies of source materials that will assist the user in cataloging the above material types, including pertinent RDA documentation, is part of the workshop resource materials.

Brief Session Agenda:

10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Background to Maps, Map Cataloging Tools, Creator (“Main Entry”), Map Titles and Choosing a Title Proper when More than One Title Exists

11a.m. – Noon Scale types and statements with a hands-on exercise in using the Natural Scale Indicator

Noon – 1 p.m. Lunch break

1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Projection Statements, Learning about and applying Coordinates (255 and 034 fields)

2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Physical Description with hands-on exercise in correctly measuring a map’s dimensions

3 p.m. – 4 p.m. Wrap up Q&A and Applying what You Learned by Crafting a Brief Bib. Record


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Thu, May. 14, 2015
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. US/Eastern


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