Library Trends 29 (3) Winter 1981: Map Librarianship and Map Collections


Library Trends 29 (3) Winter 1981: Map Librarianship and Map Collections. Edited by Mary Lynette Larsgaard.

Map librarianship is an intense and isolated occupation. Its adherents belong, in effect, to a relatively small, somewhat fluid group that meets at most a few times a year. Although the authors of the articles in this issue of Library Trends come from all over the United States and from foreign countries and therefore meet relatively seldom, there is a strong thread of commonality and understanding running throughout the issue.

We are in what some of us may be fond enough to consider the golden age of map librarianship, and what others of us, perhaps more realistically, consider to be the "interesting times" of the Chinese curse. Whichever is the case, it is evinced by an awareness among map librarians of the problems in the profession; almost every paper in this issue has some good news and some bad news, tending more toward the latter. An effort has been made to include topics concerning matters of current interest, with the basis for choice of topics being the amount of change in a specific area or the amount of literature already available; that is, if the proper descriptor in the first case were "considerable," or in the second case, "almost none," the topic was judged to be a proper one for inclusion.

Library Trends (ISSN 0024-2594) is an essential tool for librarians and educators alike. Each issue thoroughly explores a current topic of interest in professional librarianship and includes practical applications, thorough analyses, and literature reviews. The journal is published quarterly for the Graduate School of Library and Information Science by The Johns Hopkins University Press. For subscription information, call 800-548-1784 (410-516-6987 outside the U.S. and Canada), email jlorder [at], or visit

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