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Angie Cope, Senior Academic Librarian

My name is Angie Cope and I am a Senior Academic Librarian at the American Geographical Society Library at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Libraries. I am principally a catalog librarian – cataloging maps, atlases, globes and geospatial data. My secondary responsibilities include collection development, reference and web page maintenance.

It’s becoming ever more challenging keeping track of free government information as we move from a print society to digital. From a high of over 2,000 items in 2001 to only 833 in 2005, my library alone, has experienced an extreme reduction in the amount of paper maps being delivered by the U.S. Government.

I’m concerned that the USGS is moving to all digital with a print on demand option but not all our patrons will know how to find information or what to do with digital information when they find it. The NationalMap.gov is a nice site allowing for an interactive experience.

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