Conducting a Map Collection Review: A Workbook to Help You on the Journey

ACRL announces a new, freely available digital publication, Conducting a Map Collection Review: A Workbook to Help You on the Journey, by Janet Reyes, Geospatial Information Librarian at the University of California, Riverside.

Map collection reviews can be a lot of work and emotionally trying, especially since they involve weeding items that we value. However, reviews can also uncover happy surprises and provide numerous learning opportunities. Conducting a Map Collection Review will help you surface important considerations and organize your thoughts as you approach the process of efficiently conducting a review while respecting the materials and stakeholders involved.

This workbook covers the review process from beginning to end, from getting started to potential partners through developing criteria, establishing processes, and how to make crucial dispersal and disposal decisions. It also includes a thorough list of terms and easy-to-print worksheets. The focus is on sheet maps, although shelved and miscellaneous items are also considered.

Whether you know and love your map collection or haven’t yet become well acquainted, Conducting a Map Collection Review can walk anyone who has been tasked to review a collection—no matter their level of familiarity with printed maps, librarianship, or project management—from the initial daunting steps of your review through the final paces.