A union catalogue which gives free access to the merged online catalogues of members of the Consortium of University Research Libraries (CURL) in the UK. PLUS the British Library, the National Library of Scotland, and the National Library of Wales/Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru.
See COPAC's list of contributing libraries for details and cautions.
- British Library
The catalogue can also be searched separately from COPAC
- Library of Congress
- New York Public Library
- Online Map Catalogs in North America and Europe by David Y. Allen. A little old now but still contains some useful information.
- The Map Collections page of The Map History / History of Cartography
This site also has lots of useful links. Although the emphasis is on catalogues containing early maps many will also contain more modern materials.
- This guide to map scale was produced by the University of Arizona
- Help from the US Geological Survey on scale
- Scale Finder converts linear scales to representative fractions and vice-versa. Written by Nigel James when he worked at the Bodleian Library, it is an invaluable tool for cataloguers and map users and is free to non-commercial users.
- Scale Buddy. Help with scale calculation from Maps International. Does not need to be downloaded.
- MapTools produces grids, corner rulers, roamers, and rulers to assist with plotting or measuring positions on many different scales of maps. Tools for both UTM/MGRS and Latitude/Longitude coordinates are available.
- Scale Calculator. Inches, centimeters, miles, kilometres. From Terry Reese.
- Some of the links of the Cambridge University Library Map Department web pages may also be useful
- These devices enable a quick calculation of scale from scale bars and degrees of latitude.
- A handy clear plastic one can be purchased from Alberta Wood in Canada. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org !!IMPORTANT NOTE!!! In March 2017 Alberta emailed to say that she had no more in a saleable condition but might look into reprinting.
- A paper version can be purchased from EastView: Map Link Scalefinder
- You Tube Video on how to use a Natural Scale Indicator
- The U. S. Geological Survey has published a poster to aid the conversion of bar scales to representative fractions: Miscellaneous Field Studies Map, No.MF 1141, 'Graphs showing linear to fractional scale conversions for maps', by Alpha, T.R. and Poole, D.W., 1979, SAP Number 30236.
- Guide to Cataloguing Printed Maps - Guidance notes for the occasional map cataloguer by Paula Williams and available on the Historic Libraries Forum website.
- MARC standards for cataloguing Also information on RDA in MARC
- Library of Congress Map Cataloging Manual in their Cataloger's Reference Shelf
- Guidelines for Distinguishing Cartographic Electronic Resources from other Electronic Resources from the Library of Congress's MARC Office
- ISBD (CM): International Standard Bibliographic Description for Cartographic Materials from IFLA PDF version, revised 1999
- Descriptive Cataloguing of Rare Materials (Cartographics), or DCRM(C)
- Descriptive Cataloguing of Rare Materials (Manuscripts), or DCRM(MSS)
- Map Cataloger's Toolbox from State University of New York at Buffalo
- See also the Cataloguing section on our Bibliographies page for the basic texts on map cataloguing
- Useful information of the changes to genre/form subject headings for maps made by the Library of Congress in 2010 and on current practice
- The Institute of Conservation
- Suppliers - For conservation suppliers see the equipment and supplies page
- Queries on conservation or preservation can be placed on the Conservation DistList, an international listserv at Conservation OnLine
- The Digital Preservation Coalition
- ERPANET is concerned with approaches to existing and future digital preservation problems.
- Preservation Leaflets from Northeast Document Conservation centre
- Conservation Register from the Institute of Conservation to help you find qualified conservators / restorers in the UK and Ireland
- Scrapbook. "Learn how to prevent destruction and preserve personal and historical items for future generations. This page is designed to be the most extensive, and comprehensive page on the protection and preservation of paper on the internet".
These pages were compiled by: April Carlucci (British Library Map Library); Tinho da Cruz (Department of Geography, University of Liverpool), and; Anne Taylor (Cambridge University Library). They are maintained by the Map Curators' Group of the BCS. Colleagues are requested to help keep this information current by suggesting corrections or additions