The Librarian's Dilemma: A Map Librarian's Access to Machine-Readable Information

Patrick McGlamery


The paper addresses how a map librarian gains entree to the fast track world of computer cartography. The history of machine-readable information in libraries has been rocky. As information resides more frequently on tape or disk, libraries will need to embrace the technology. By obtaining seed money from a Federal Library Services and Construction Act grant, the Map Library at the University of Connecticut, procured hardware, software and boundary files. With the aid of a research assistant, the librarian wrote a SAS program, PTOLEMY, which allows users to map their data. PTOLEMY is a menued environment running on the mainframe. Users may access the mapping system from remote sites.


machine-readable information; library

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