SWOT OF MAPS COLLECTION, NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY LIBRARY, GOVERNMENT & GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION Kimberly A. Reed LIS754 Information Environment and Project ManagementStrengths Weaknesses -Large number of maps waiting to be filed, piled up on-Large collection includes international to local maps of all cabinets. Some maps have been out since last spring.kinds. NU Gov Docs Dept has a good reputation. - Damage Hazards: maps outside cabinets can tear, bend or-Organized so specialists as well as students can use be stolen. After librarians’ hours, visitors could pocket orcollection. For example, Bureau of Land Management maps, steal exposed maps waiting to be filed.Geographic Information maps, nautical maps, topographical -Competing catalogue numbering systems from governmentmaps and online mapping tools with related data resources agencies and general catalogue,have different locations, yet users can focus on specific kinds -Many maps are not in the online library catalogue.of geographic information. -No integrated, central holdings list, 3 separate lists.-Maps librarian offers consulting & workshops in GIS -Difficult to find some maps, too many out or “broken out” inmapping, software and data. (Position is now open.) poorly labelled cabinet drawers or tables.-Large poster size printer available to University community -Requests for maps are delayed as staff scramble to lookusers. through disorganized filing pile and drawers.Opportunities Threats-Clear need for an inventory of the entire collection to create -Other area public libraries have local and state mapsholdings list, inventory started on defined areas, underway collections.with GLIS student help.-Like starting from scratch, piled up maps can now be placed -Other university libraries have federal and state mapsin cabinet drawers in number or topical order. collections that are within easy public transportation or-Requests for maps help to identify popular areas and items driving distance.in the collection.-More maps are being given catalogue numbers in a -Many maps available online in digitized collections, mayconsistent system as they come into the library, and as staff reduce the use of print maps, especially if individual mapslocate maps to meet requests. are not easy to locate.-Maps in need of preservation or hidden in drawers come tolight as inventory and request activities proceed to makefinding maps more responsive and efficient.-Opportunity to hire new maps librarian for open position.