MAGIRT Subject File, 1978-2008
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Brief Description: Subject files of Map and Geospatial Information Round Table (1978-2005), (formerly MAGERT), contains conference and general correspondence (1978- ), bylaws, conference session materials (1980-90, 2008), committee files (1980-98, 2003, 2005), constitutions, drafts of Organization Manuals (1983-84), financial records, membership lists, memoranda, minutes, and reports concerning the Anglo-American Cataloguing Committee for Cartographic Materials (AACCCM), Baseline (1980- ), Cartographic Users Advisory Council (CUAC), Cataloguing and Classification Committee; Cartographic Statistics Task Force, the Geoscience Information Society Directory, the MAGERT Guide to U.S. Map Resources, and the Map Online User's Group.
Held at:
The American Library Association Archives
19 Library
1408 W. Gregory Drive
Urbana, IL 61802
Phone: 217 333 0798
Fax: 217 244 2868
Email: ala-archives [at]
Record Series Number: 53/1/6
Created by: Map and Geospatial Information Round Table (MAGIRT)
Volume: 6.0 Cubic Feet
Acquired: 00/00/1981. 1/7/1992, 1/16/1992, 2/27/1993, 8/13/1993, see IWS, 8/28/1995, 8/20/1996, 3/8/2000,11/8/2002, 7/10/2007, 7/27/2009, 5/20/2013
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Arrangement: Arranged chronologically by accession, then alphabetically by subject and chronologically by date thereunder
Biographical Note for Map and Geospatial Information Round Table (MAGIRT) :

Formation of the Map and Geography Round Table (MAGERT) as a division of the American Library Association was approved by Council on January 24, 1980 (1).  As of June, 2011, MAGERT changed its name to Map and Geospatial Information Round Table (MAGIRT).  Stated in the goals and objectives was that:

. . . the Roundtable addresses not only the immediate practical and procedural problems of cartographic and geographic material curatorship but also encourages scholarly research in areas pertaining to map and geography librarianship (2).

At the organizational meeting held on June 30, 1980, during the American Library Association's Annual Conference, four purposes, a constitution, and by-laws were adopted (3):

1.  To provide a forum for the exchange of ideas by persons working with or interested in map and geography collections.

2.  To provide a forum to increase the availablilty, use, and bibliographic control of map and geography collections.

3.  To increase communication and cooperation between map and geography librarians and other librarians.

4.  To contribute to the improvement of education and training of map and geography librarians (4).

The official voice of the Map and Geography Round Table is"base line;" the purpose of the newsletter is to provide current information on cartographic materials, other publications of interest to map and geography librarians, meetings, related governmental activities and map librarianship" (5).  The Round Table has plans for the production of two further projects: U.S. Map Collection Directory (1985), which is a guide to United States map collection resources, and an Occiasional Series of selected papers from Annual Conference presentations and other sources.  Projected issues are "Mapping the Transmississippi West" (1984) and "Maps in Libraries, a systematic approach to management" (1986) (6).


1-Officers and Executive Board

2-Publications (base line)

30-Publications Committee

Subject Index
Audit of Accounts, Reports
Cartographic Records
Constitution and By-Laws
Description and Access Committee, Cataloging and Classification
Map and Geography Round Table (MAGERT)
Map Librarianship
Maps, Atlases, Globes
Statistics Committee
Languages of Materials
English [eng]