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February 9, 2012
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Collection Management Seminar

 

 

Are we there yet? Maps and geographic information at the NHM : findings of the Library Map Collections Review

When?

 

April Carlucci

Library and Archives, NHM

 

Thursday 23rd February 2012

Flett Lecture Theatre, NHM, South Kensington

2.30pm-4.00pm

 

 

Synopsis:
With more than twenty years experience working with maps in libraries, April joined the NHM in June 2011 to conduct a review of the Library’s map collections, as part of the Library’s ongoing strategy work, and now feeding into the Director of Science’s  working groups. The remit of the Review is to assess the Library’s current collections; talk with Science and Public Engagement colleagues about their needs for geographic information and how those needs are being met; to place the Museum’s map collections in their national and international contexts; and to identify opportunities for partnerships, cooperative ventures and revenue generation. April discusses her findings, including the remarkably consistent needs for geographic information across the Science departments; what other natural history museums are doing in this area; what resources are being missed; and the risks to the collections, research and engaging the public that are being taken with the current approach. The Review concludes in March, and, as a work still in progress, she is eager to hear comments  on her findings from all those in the Museum who use cartographic and geographic information in their work.

 

The seminar is open to all NHM staff  and we also welcome colleagues from other institutions who would find the seminar of interest. There is no booking fee and only large parties need to notify the organiser for catering purposes.


Tea and coffee will be available in the seminar room lobby area after the talk.

 

Suggestions for seminar speakers are always most welcome. Please contact the organiser Clare Valentine (c.valentine@nhm.ac.uk)

 

For additional details on attending this or other seminars see http://www.nhm.ac.uk/research-curation/seminars-events/index.html