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III. Policies: Map Library

  • Subject name: Map Library
  • Subject abbreviations: N/A
  • Bibliographer: Katie Lage
  • Other subject responsibilities: None
  • Address: 184 UCB
  • Phone: 303-492-4917
  • Email: Katie.Lage@colorado.edu

I. Purpose:
The purpose of the Map Library collection is to provide well-rounded, world-wide coverage comprised of general and thematic maps and atlases, at small and large scales, and related reference materials such as gazetteers. The Map Library supports teaching and research efforts for many academic departments, primarily Geography and Geology. The collection is well-used by other departments in the sciences and social sciences, including History, Political Science, Environmental Design, Environmental Studies, and Biology. Cartographic materials are used in nearly all disciplines and the Map Library strives to support a wide range of research and teaching programs.

A. Curricular emphasis

1. Geography
Areas of emphasis within the undergraduate degree in geography that relate to maps are: understanding the spatial components of problems and the diverse factors relating to human interaction with the environment, the general geographical principles of human-environment interaction, global change, and human spatial organization, and the spatial distributions of physical and human characteristics on the Earth’s surface

2. Geological Sciences
Areas of emphasis within the undergraduate degree in geology that relate to maps are: the structure and composition of the Earth, its dynamic processes, its evolution, and the methods used in the field to map and interpret the diverse variety of rock types and structures.

B. Research emphasis

1. Geography
General areas of research interest within the geography department at the undergraduate level are: physical geography, human geography, environment-society relations, and geographic information science. The graduate programs are expanded far beyond these and include: area studies, cultural anthropology, regional development and planning, third world development, and remote sensing

2. Geological Sciences
General areas of research interest within the geology department at the undergraduate level are: geology, geophysics, and environmental geoscience. The graduate programs are expanded far beyond these and include: paleontology, subsurface hydrodynamics, remote sensing, sedimentology, seismology, and tectonics.

C. Level of Degrees granted
The Department of Geography and the Department of Geological Sciences both offer BA, MA, and PhD degree programs.

D. Special Studies Programs

E. Other Subjects That Overlap and Utilize Materials
History, Political Science, Environmental Design, Environmental Studies, and Biology. Cartographic materials are multi-disciplinary and are used by many departments in the sciences and social sciences.

F. Institutes or Labs That Utilize Materials
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR), National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), Center of the American West.

G. Special Populations Outside The University That Utilize Materials
Public patrons, especially genealogists. National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

H. Other Considerations
The Map Library supports a wide variety of disciplines, touching on the research and teaching needs of many university departments. Map Library materials are made of up many different formats: paper maps, aerial photographs, atlases, books, and digital data.

II. General Collection Guidelines:

A. Methods of Acquiring Materials
A majority of Map Library materials are acquired through the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), through our status as a Regional Depository Library. Other government documents are acquired through the Law Library’s selective housing arrangement. Commercially produced maps or maps otherwise unavailable through the FLDP are purchased through large map vendors such as Omni Maps and Map Link, the United States Geological Survey, mapping agencies from countries outside of the United States, and other vendors. Reference books and atlases are purchased, when possible, through the approval plan from Blackwell North America. Gift materials are accepted on the basis of the needs of the collection.

B. Languages
Primarily English. Foreign language materials may be purchased when English-language materials are not available or upon faculty members’ request.

C. Chronological Guidelines
The Map Library collects current and historical materials.

D. Geographical Guidelines

1. Cartographic materials for the County of Boulder and the State of Colorado are of primary importance. All subjects and scales are collected.

2. Materials covering the western United States are also collected at large scale, for all subjects as available and as influenced by research and teaching needs.

3. Complete topographic coverage for the entire United States is collected at large and small scales.

4. Thematic maps in areas of interest (e.g. geology) and road maps for the United States are collected at smaller scales and may be collected in larger scales by request.

5. Topographic maps, thematic maps in areas of interest (e.g. geology) and road maps are collected for international areas at smaller scales and may be collected in larger scales by request.

E. Treatment of Subject

1. Reference Works
The Map Library collects reference works about maps, cartography, the history of mapping and cartography, geographic information systems, and map librarianship, as well as dictionaries and gazetteers. Directories of map libraries and map producers are collected. Indices and bibliographies are collected as available.

2. Atlases
Current and historical world atlases are collected, as available. General, thematic, and road atlases are collected for regions of the world at levels of detail according to teaching and research needs. Regional or country historical atlases are collected selectively. Atlases of Colorado and the West are collected.

3. Maps and Digital Data
Topographic maps, geologic maps, thematic maps, road and recreational maps, city plan maps, nautical charts, bathymetric maps, aeronautical charts, and facsimiles of historical maps are collected in paper or digital format. Digital cartographic data is collected with the same guidelines and areas of focus as paper materials. Relevant indices and directories are collected.

4. Software
Software to display and manipulate digital data is obtained through campus-wide site license, as a package with the purchase of digital maps, or as freeware.

5. Aerial Photographs and Satellite Imagery
Aerial photographs of Boulder County and the Front Range are collected. Medium-small scale satellite imagery of areas of interest is collected. Large scale aerial photographs and satellite data of international or national cities will be purchased selectively, upon faculty request and as the budget permits. Aerial photographs and satellite data are increasingly collected in digital format.

F. Types of Materials
The map library collects cartographic materials in paper and digital format on CD-ROM, DVD or accessed through the Internet. Maps, atlases, aerial photographs, and geospatial data will be collected. Serials are purchased as the budget permits. Globes and raised relief maps are collected as representative examples. Mounted wall maps are not collected.

G. Date of Publication
Emphasis is on recently published materials. Reprints of historical materials are purchased whenever possible. Occasionally, as the budget permits, an important historical piece may be purchased.

H. Other General Considerations:
Most materials are housed in the Map Library. Rare or valuable materials may be housed in Special Collections. Older and seldom used materials may be housed in off-site storage.

III. Observations and Qualifications by Subject and LC Class
All of these classifications, except G3160-9980, are also the responsibility of other bibliographers and are collected for Map Library reference use as needed.

F590.3 – 596.3 United States Local History. The West. Trans-Mississippi Region. Great Plains.
F721 Rocky Mountains.
F771-785 Colorado.

D Gazetteers

G1000-3122 Atlases.
G3160-3171 Globes.
G3172-9980 Maps.
GA1-1776 Mathematical Geography. Cartography.

Z6021-6028 Bibliography.