- Establishing a Map Curatorship Working Group
We can trace the origins of this group going back to 1985, when a commission first met to prepare the American Ancient Maps in the Spanish Union Catalogue, in order to commemorate the Fifth Centenary of the discovery of America. Unfortunately. this project was never completed.
The following government collections are represented in our group:
- Spanish Natianol Library (Biblioteca Nacional)
- The Spanish National Geographical Institute (Instituta Geografico Nacional)
- The Navy Museum (Musio Naval)
- The National Historical Archive (Archiva Historica Nacional)
- The Spanish Army's Geographical Service (Servicio Geografico del Ejército)
- The Spanish Geologic and Mining Institute (Instituto Geológico y Minero de Espana)
- Other private institutions are also represented.
Our group aims at:
- the standardization of technical process
- national and international cooperation
- diffusion and exchange of information
- technical training.
At present we are trying to formally constitute an Association, and we have therefore asked foreign groups for information and help.
We are also working at the translation of Cartographic materials: a manual of interpretation for AACR2, with the permission of the ALA. In addition we are preparing a Thesaurus.
- Standardization progress
The Spanish Nationnl Library has prepared the cataloguing rules for cartographic materials. according to the international rules, which will soon be published by the Ministry of Culture.
The Spanish National Geographic Institute has also recently published its enlarged and revised second edition of the MARC(CM) manual.
- The control of cartographic publications
Due to a Legal Deposit Act, all cartographic materials printed in Spain enter the National Library .This is the basis for the Spanish National Bibliography. This guarantee has been reinforced by a Cartography Planning Act (January 1986), which establishes a Central Register of Cartography that will record every official cartographic publication, including unpublished or undistributed documents.
- Progress in automation
The National Geographic Institute Map Library is now highly automated. The National Library Map Section is preparing its automation. At this point, only the cataloguing of monographs is fully automated in our National Library.
- New map collection
Spanish Regionaul Governments and universities are proving increasingly interest in establishing map collections. Thus we can point out the new map library at the Autonomous University of Madrid (Universidad Autonoma de Madrid), which has centralized collections from different faculty libraries, or the Andalusian Regional Government Map Library (Cartoteca de la Comunidad Autonoma de Andalucia)
- Maps and plans of Puerto Rico. Published in 1987. it includes cartographic documents from the National Historical Archive concerning this Spanish ex-colonial territory
- Spanish National Bibliography. Maps and Plans Supplement, 1980-1987 (in press. available next October). This bibliography will be published for the first time in Spain. It includes maps and plans which entered the National Library through Legal Deposit. As from 1988. this publication will be issued annually.
- Overseas cartography. Volume V: Venezuelan maps and historial manuscripts (in press) .A compilation of cartographic documents and historical manuscripts concerning Venezuela belonging to the Army Geographical Service and The Army Historical Service.
- Philippines p1ans (in press) .Published by the National Historical Archive.
- National Library catalogue of maps of Spain up to 1900 (nearly completed). This catalogue will be a compilation of manuscript and engraved maps and plans from the National Library Map Section.
- Catalogue of maps and charts of Spain from the Navy Museum (nearly completed) .Helped by the National Geographical Institute, the Spanish Navy Museum is compiling this catalogue and creating a data base.
I would also like to mention the publication of many catalogues from exhibitions devoted to the cartography of various Spanish regions. organized by the National Geographical Institute and regional governments.
Teresa Reyna, Biblioteca Nacional, Madrid