[GeoHumanities SIG] CFP: The Role of Libraries in the GeoHumanities

Kathy Weimer k-weimer at library.tamu.edu
Wed Oct 8 00:09:18 CEST 2014

Another CFP for the Association of American Geographers thematic track on GeoHumanities -

CFP:  The Roles of Libraries in the GeoHumanities

A proposed paper session at the AAG annual meeting, Chicago, April 21-25, 2015

This session will explore the roles of libraries and librarians in the emerging field of GeoHumanities.

GeoHumanities, defined as “the rapidly growing zone of creative interaction between geography and the humanities” (GeoHumanities, 2011), incorporates a wide range of scholars, among them librarians.  As technologies in geographic information science become more ubiquitous, they provide the opportunity for researchers in the Humanities to bring their work to life through a variety of mapping and visualization resources.  Along with the integration of digital historical map collections, scholars have a wealth of information available to produce more in-depth analyses and weave increasingly rich stories into their research. Through the digitization of historic maps and the use of spatial data and GIS, librarians bring forward unique collections that are often used as essential content within GeoHumanities research.  Librarians are also domain experts and scholars who proactively engage in understanding the Humanities through unique research approaches.

We seek proposals from librarians and geographers that will describe current, ongoing collaborative GeoHumanities projects that include or feature a library collection or collaboration and the unique expertise found in libraries in the areas of project management, metadata creation and data preservation that support work in the GeoHumanities.

Session organizers:

Marcy Bidney, UW-Milwaukee, American Geographical Society Library, bidney at uwm.edu

Lee Ann Nolan, Penn State University, Earth and Mineral Sciences Library, law135 at psu.edu

Katherine H. Weimer, Texas A&M University, Map & GIS Library, k-weimer at library.tamu.ed

Please send an abstract of up to 250 words by Oct. 20 to: Marcy Bidney bidney at uwm.edu

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