1 am not sure I can convince very many libraries to buy this excellent reference, since I suspect most map libraries already have a copy. It is an excellent general purpose guide to the many mysteries of map librarianship. The seven main chapters are: Selection and Acquisition; Classification; Cataloging and Computer Applications; Storage, Care, and Repair; Reference Services; Public Relations and Marketing; and Education. There are also several appendices, including a list of conservation supply outlets, and several specialized bibliographies, including historical cartography. I was pleased that this latter section mentions the Price Record, though not under serials where it probably belongs. I personally found the information on classification and cataloging schemes quite interesting, though I grew dizzy at all the different systems. Thankfully, there are occasional nuggets of humor to enliven the normally dry-as-bones topics covered. The book is extremely well planned and organized. There is even a list of acronyms and abbreviations. I now know what OCLC stands for after wondering for seven years! In addition to libraries, I think serious collectors and dealers who encounter libraries frequently in their work would find the book quite useful.
David C. Jolly, 1990
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