Workshop on Descriptive Metadata for Cartographic Resources

When: Wednesday, December 2, 2015 – Thursday, December 3, 2015
Where: Perry Castañeda Library (main library)
University of Texas Libraries

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The University of Texas Libraries and Jackson School of Geosciences will host a two-day workshop on descriptive metadata for cartographic resources at the Perry Castañeda Library, located in the heart of the University of Texas at Austin campus. The first day will focus on how to accurately and appropriately describe cartographic resources with an emphasis on sheet maps. The instructor will explain:

  • how to decide which title to choose as the title proper when more than one appears on a map
  • how to record mathematical data correctly, including scale information when provided
  • how to craft a scale statement in representative fraction form when it is not stated in that manner on the resource and what to do when scale is not available
  • how to measure a map by using proper techniques
  • how to record physical/carrier descriptive information
The following descriptive metadata elements will be covered in the workshop:
  • Choice of title (when more than one exists) and title fields (245 and/or 246)
  • Scale types and statements, projection statements, and supplying coordinates (255 and 034 fields)
  • Physical description (300 field)
  • Fields associated with those noted above

Number of Participants
Up to 20 participants

Expected Participants Level
This workshop is designed for catalogers and metadata specialists who wish to create descriptive metadata for cartographic resources. It is assumed that participants are already experienced with MARC21, AACR2, and OCLC’s Bibliographic Formats and Standards. The course will be taught based on the RDA standard.

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Registration Fee

  • $200.00
  • One lunch and snacks throughout the workshop are provided

Instructor: 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 Libraries 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 lead 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 throughout the U.S. and Canada, 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 past Chair of the Map and Geospatial Information Round Table of ALA (MAGIRT).