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ERIC Number: ED420322
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 25
Abstractor: N/A
Incorporating Map Librarianship into the Library Science Curriculum: A Rationale and Guide.
Kollen, Christine; Linberger, Peter; Wassertzug, Deborah; Winkler, Joseph
Maps possess many unique attributes which standard library materials do not, and as a result they are not covered in standard library science courses such as reference, cataloging, collection development, and preservation. Some library schools have responded to this by offering a specialized course in map librarianship. However, few schools offer these courses, and most are geared toward students interested in full-time map librarian positions. Many librarians, especially public librarians, find themselves responsible for their institution's map collection in addition to their primary responsibilities. Few have any educational background in map librarianship. This paper reviews the current state of map librarian education, demonstrates how maps are used in various types of libraries, discusses the impact of digital technology on map libraries, and recommends that education for map librarianship be incorporated into the core library and information studies courses. In the appendix are outlines which can serve as guides for units on maps within standard library sciences courses. (Author)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A