[GeoHumanities SIG] place in library catalog

Pieschke, Renee Lorene renee.pieschke at mnsu.edu
Tue Oct 1 16:58:34 CEST 2013

I would consult the information science journals or start following the MAPS-L at listserv.uga.edu listserv. The literature is out there. The truth is, all catalogers are not geographers. Those librarians with geography backgrounds usually maintain maps as special collections and have little to do with the general collection. Subject headings can be subjective. If you would like to know more, feel free to contact me off list.

Renee Pieschke
Reference Librarian GA
Minnesota State University, Mankato
renee.pieschke at mnsu.edu<mailto:%20renee.pieschke at mnsu.edu>
(507) 389-2765
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Subject: [GeoHumanities SIG] place in library catalog

I am wondering if any of you GeoHumanists are familiar with research projects looking at the concept of place representation in the traditional library catalog.  In my opinion, library catalogs have never done a good job with representing place-based subject information.  The fields and headings are either too specific or too general and do not provide insight into geographic contexts (adjacency, proximity, containment, etc.).
Various data in the subject headings and coded fields could be harvested and result in a map-based search engine which would likely yield more interesting results that the typical subject or keyword search.  If you know of prior work looking at harvesting and visualizing placial data from catalog records, I would like to know.  Ideas?  Suggestions?
Kathy Weimer
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