Chapter 7

Geospatial Resources and Instruction Services


Cartographic materials are important components of library collections, but the volume of data that exists can be overwhelming. Copyright laws put restrictions on reproduction of original materials, including maps, and assign the right to copy to copyright holders. Copyright, fair use, and the relatively new Creative Commons licenses are discussed. Hardcopy geospatial resources can be found in most library collections, but the trend today is toward digital distribution and the use of specialized software to display and interpret these materials. A discussion of available software packages lists the most popular commercial and open-source software, both for the desktop and mobile ...

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