Monday, July 16, 2007

Great Offer from a Great Organization

How's this for a great offer?
Special offer for new members:

Join WAML for only $20 (normally $30)

The Western Association of Map Libraries (WAML) is looking for folks who want to expand their knowledge of maps and geospatial information through fun-filled networking opportunities and information-packed meetings and journals!

$20 (normally $30 a year) -- Good for new members only. Membership good from now till June 30, 2008, but offer ends July 31, 2007.

The Western Association of Map Libraries (WAML) is an independent association of map librarians and other people with an interest in maps and map librarianship. Membership in WAML is open to any individual interested in furthering the purpose of the Association which is "to encourage high standards in every phase of the organization and administration of map libraries."

Membership is not limited to people living in the Western US and Canada, but is open to everyone.

  • Subscription to the Information Bulletin (IB)
  • Discounted registration fees to WAML's bi-annual meetings
  • Practical workshops on topics such as aerial photos, scanning projects, and map cataloging
  • Networking regarding geospatial and cartographic information
  • Participation in WAML's electronic discussion board
WAML's Information Bulletin is issued three times a year and enjoys worldwide readership. It includes feature articles, photo essays, Association business, book and electronic resources reviews, new map lists, and selected news and notes.

WAML meetings are the most fun-filled library-related events you can attend!! They occur in the Spring and Fall. They are small (around 50 people), held in great locations such as Fairbanks, Seattle and Boulder, and have great field trips and delicious banquets. The presentations deal only with geospatial topics. Roundtable discussions and workshops take place at every meeting. The registration fee runs from $35 to $60. The accommodations are reasonably priced, the camaraderie is great, and the tone is relaxed. Often, WAML has a "map exchange" where attendees bring their withdrawn and extra copies of maps and make them available for others. We are headed to the Denver in October 2007!!

Field trips have taken WAML members to national parks, volcanoes, mountain tops, museums, and vineyards/wineries.

In the last few years, WAML has met in Seattle, Honolulu, Fairbanks, Chico California, Boulder Colorado, Santa Cruz, Palo Alto California, Portland, Provo Utah, Vancouver BC, Flagstaff Arizona, Pasadena California. Future meeting sites include Denver Colorado, Las Vegas Nevada, Salt Lake City Utah, and Yosemite National Park.

If that weren't enough, you are invited to give presentations at the conferences OR write articles for the Information Bulletin. Presentations and papers run from the very formal to "how I done good." In the past WAML presenters and IB authors have been not just librarians but scholars, novelists, artists, map collectors, map dealers, scientists, and cartographers.

Come join us. The price is right. The offer is limited. Good times, good friends and good maps await you!

To join the Western Association of Map Libraries, fill out the information on the web site.

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