MCG Toolbox 3: Map Librarianship Bibliographies and Periodicals [slightly annotated by April Carlucci]

General :: Cataloguing :: Others :: Periodicals



  • Larsgaard, Mary Lynette. Map librarianship an introduction.
    Englewood, Colo.: Libraries Unlimited, 1998.
    [If you don't have this book in your map library, you don't have a map library.]
  • Parry, R.B. & Perkins, C.R. (eds): The Map Library in the New Millennium.
    London: Library Association Publishing, 2001.
  • Drazniowsky, Roman. Map librarianship: readings
    Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1975.
    [This is the classic.]
  • Ristow, Walter William. The emergence of maps in libraries.
    Hamden, Conn.: Linnet Books, 1980.
    [This is the other classic.]
  • The Map librarian in the modern world essays in honour of Walter W. Ristow edited by Helen Wallis and Lothar Zögner presented by the IFLA Section of Geography and Map Libraries
    Munich: K. G. Saur, 1979.
  • Farrell, Barbara. Guide for a small map collection Barbara Farrell, Aileen Desbarats.
    Ottawa: Association of Canadian Map Libraries, 1984.
  • Nichols, Harold. Map librarianship
    London: Bingley, 1982.
  • Handbook for small map libraries, edited by L. M. Sebert
    [S.l.]: [s.n.], [1970?].
  • Managing cartographic and architectural records [Jeanne Young and Nancy G. Miller].
    Washington, D.C.: Office of Records Administration, 1989.
  • Notes on the care and cataloguing of old maps. By Lloyd A. Brown
    Port Washington, N.Y.: Kennikat Press, [1970].
  • Maps, spatial data and conservation proceedings of IFLA Malaysian Workshop, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur 17-21 June 1991 edited by Voon Phin Keong and Thami Munisah Mohd. Yusoff
    Kuala Lumpur: Library, University of Malaya, 1992.
  • Introduction to maps in local studies: a one day course organised by the Library Association in association with the Society of Archivists and the Map Curators Group of B.C.S. Wednesday 16th March 1988
    London: Library Association, 1988.
  • Cartographic acquisitions a collection of articles edited by Donald A. Wise
    Broken Arrow, Okla.: Clay Cotsha Press, 1985.
  • MAGIRT Basic Map Librarianship. A LibGuide from Map and Geospatial Information Round Table (MAGIRT)


  • Paige, G. Andrew, Susan M. Moore, and Mary Larsgaard. RDA and Cartographic Resources.  London: Facet Publishing, 2014. 9781856047722 (Joint publication with American Library Association 9780838911310)
  • Paige G. Andrew. Cataloging sheet maps: the basics.  Binghampton, NY: Haworth Information Press, 2003
  • Maps and related cartographic materials cataloging, classification, and bibliographic control Paige G. Andrew, Mary Lynette Larsgaard, editors
    New York: Haworth Information Press, c1999.
  • Guide to Cataloguing Printed Maps - Guidance notes for the occasional map cataloguer by Paula Williams and available on the Historic Libraries Forum website.
  • Cartographic Materials: a Manual of Interpretation for AACR2, 2002 revision (2nd ed.) prepared by Anglo-American Cataloguing Committee for Cartographic Materials (AACCM) (2002). London : Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals.
  • Map cataloging bibliography selectively annotated edited by Glenda Jo Fox Hughes and Constance Demetracopoulos
    Washington: Special Libraries Association, Geography and Map Division, 1997
  • International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions. ISBD (CM): International Standard Bibliographic Description for Cartographic Materials recommended by the ISBD Review Committee.
    London: IFLA Universal Bibliographic Control and International MARC Programme, 1987.
    A revision is now available to download [PDF]
  • Library of Congress. Geography and Map Division. Map cataloging manual prepared by Geography and Map Division, Library of Congress.
    Washington, D.C.: Cataloging Distribution Service, 1991.
  • Descriptive Cataloguing of Rare Materials (Cartographics), or DCRM(C)
  • Great Britain. Ministry of Defence. Map Library. Manual of map library classification and cataloguing, GSGS 5307.
    [London?]: Ministry of Defence, 1978.


  • World mapping today R.B. Parry, C.R. Perkins graphic indexes prepared by Cartographic Unit, Department of Geography, University of Reading
    London: Bowker-Saur, 2000.
    [This is the source on modern topographic mapping from all nations, what's been done, who did it, and includes brief histories of each country's official mapping.]
  • Mapping the UK / C.R. Perkins and R.B. Parry.
    London : Bowker-Saur,1996.
  • International Bibliography of Maps & Atlases, Saur, 2004. 2nd CD ROM edition [It is intended that an update to this is issued every two years].
  • Cartographic citations a style guide by Suzanne M. Clark, Mary Lynette Larsgaard and Cynthia M. Teague
    Chicago: Map and Geography Round Table, American Library Association, 1992.
  • ACMLA Recommended best practices in citation of cartographic materials on behalf of the Bibliographic Control Committee of ACMLA.
  • Information sources in cartography editors C. R. Perkins, R. B. Parry.
    London: Bowker-Saur, 1990.
  • Cartographical Innovations: An International Handbook of Mapping Terms, Helen Wallis, Arthur H. Robinson (eds), 1987,
    Map Collector Publications (1982) Ltd, Tring.
    [This is a very useful reference work.]

Periodicals about map librarianship

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