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Map Librarian

Map Librarian

Map Librarian 

Main Topic: Places and Regions
Secondary Topic: Physical Geography 

Overview: Although the educational requirements for becoming a map librarian may vary by employer, you typically need a master's degree in library science or library and information studies to enter this profession, with significant coursework in geography or related disciplines that make use of maps and geospatial data. Some employers may also require you to have a GIS certificate or have completed GIS related coursework or have significant GIS experience in order to qualify for a job as a map librarian. Map librarians are service-oriented professionals that are responsible for providing reference and research consultation for print and digital maps and other cartographic resources, such as aerial photos, atlases and digital geospatial data. Their core functions (identifying, collecting, organizing, and preserving resources) ensure that maps, digital geospatial resources, and other cartographic resources are available to the general public and specialized groups, such as students and academic researchers. Map librarians are also responsible for maintaining and expanding map and geospatial data collections and services. They often work closely with a team of colleagues from a range of disciplines for the purpose of building and promoting their library's e-research and data services. Some typical job duties include: Develop cartographic materials collectionsOversee the development and maintenance of websites and online guidesMay oversee the integration of digital library systemsDevelop or maintain organizational methods of librarySort and catalog cartographic materialsProvide research and reference consultation to students, researchers, hobbyists, businesses and other partiesPrint cartographic materials and digital geospatial data. 

Geographers at work: Geographic Information Systems Specialists, Physical Geographers 

Recommended College Courses: Physical Geography, Geographic Information Systems, Remote Sensing, Cartography 

Skills: Geographic Information Systems, Library Science 

Occupation Group: Education, Training and Library

Learn more about Map Librarians from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Labor: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/librarians.htm

Written by Christopher Hinojosa