The University Libraries are hosting a talk next week that may be of interest to some of you:

January 28, noon – 1:00 p.m.: Brown Bag Talk on “Visualization of Historic Maps and Special Collections to Optimize Teaching and Research,” by Kathy Weimer, Coordinator of Map and GIS Library at Texas A&M University Library. Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library.

About the speaker:

Kathy Weimer is Associate Professor and Coordinator of Map and GIS Collections and Services at Texas A&M University Libraries. She received her master’s degree in Library and Information Science from LSU and her bachelor’s degree from Texas A & M University. After a year as an Associate at the National Library of Medicine, she worked a dozen years as a cataloger of books, audiovisuals and maps at Texas A & M University. In 2004, she moved into a public services role as Coordinator of Map and GIS Collections and Services.

Kathy leads digital mapping, georeferencing and Google Earth projects, being the curator for the digital version of the Geologic Atlas of the United States as well as other collections. Her research interests include education for map and GIS librarians, digitization of historic maps, the role of repositories and use of web 2.0 technologies for visualization of geographic concepts. She currently serves as Chair of the American Library Association’s Map and Geography Round Table and was recently appointed co-editor of the Journal of Map and Geography Libraries.