University of Texas Libraries Map Collection
http://www.lib.utexas.edu/
Mission/Mandate:
“To provide map material in support of the University teaching and research at all levels and in all pertinent subject areas and to preserve important graphic interpretations of historical periods and geographic areas.” (University of Texas Libraries Website, http://www.lib.utexas.edu/admin/cird/policies/subjects/map.html, accessed on 15 September 2010)
Target group:
“Maps are used most heavily by faculty and students in the fields of geography, geology, history, area studies, anthropology and archaeology, although there is considerable use of certain thematic maps by researchers in advertising, marketing, economics, public affairs, marine studies and many other subjects.” (University of Texas Libraries Website, http://www.lib.utexas.edu/admin/cird/policies/subjects/map.html, accessed on 15 September 2010)
Objective:
“The University of Texas Libraries collects material in all formats in support of the University's teaching and research mission. Primary emphasis is on acquiring current materials, with a special emphasis on increasing access to online scholarly resources.
The Libraries seek the most effective and economical methods possible for its collection acquisitions, licensing, and contracting procedures.
As an internationally recognized research library, the University of Texas Libraries has historically devoted most of its collecting activities to acquiring current monographs and serials published in paper format. [...] The Libraries acquire print, microforms, and other non-digital formats when these are determined to best serve the needs of the University of Texas faculty, staff, and students.” (University of Texas Libraries Website, http://www.lib.utexas.edu/admin/cird/cird.html, accessed on 15 September 2010)
Funding:
(University of Texas Libraries Website, http://www.lib.utexas.edu/admin/cird/statisticaloverview2007.html, accessed on 15 September 2010)
Scope of reporting:
Geographic focus:
All countries worldwide.
Thematic focus:
“Types of Materials: Because of the varied informational needs to be met by the map collection, many types of materials are required, including:
selected reference works, such as bibliographies, indexes, reference guides to map materials, gazetteers, and dictionaries of geographic and cartographic terms (See also Reference Collection Policy);
sheet maps;
index maps and map catalogs;
road maps;
navigational charts and bathymetric charts;
aeronautical charts;
city plans;
photomaps;
raised relief maps;
facsimiles;
atlases.
Wall maps, star charts, computer-generated cartography, and globes are acquired on a very selective basis. Atlases are purchased in loose-leaf format whenever possible for ease of maintenance and use. Bound collections of reproductions of antiquarian maps and facsimiles of rare or historical atlases are purchased.” (University of Texas Libraries Website, http://www.lib.utexas.edu/admin/cird/policies/subjects/map.html, accessed on 15 September 2010)
Reporting methodology:
“The emphasis has now shifted to providing access to scholarly research materials online. When scholarly materials are published in multiple formats, the Libraries will usually acquire material in one format only in order to efficiently steward the University's financial resources. Online access is preferred when it is determined to best meet the needs of the Libraries users. There are instances, however, when other formats may be more effective, of higher quality, a better value, or best meet the behavioral characteristics of the University of Texas Libraries' users.” (University of Texas Libraries Website, http://www.lib.utexas.edu/admin/cird/cird.html, accessed on 15 September 2010)
Publication cycle:
Does not have a fixed publication cycle.
Languages:
“English is the primary language of the collection but maps in all languages are considered for inclusion based upon the quality of the cartography and the availability of mapping for any specific area or subject.” (University of Texas Libraries Website, http://www.lib.utexas.edu/admin/cird/policies/subjects/map.html, accessed on 15 September 2010)
Navigation of website:
Research Tools > Find a Map
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