ELECTRONIC MAP COLLECTION IN THE NATIONAL LIBRARY OF
The National Library of
The report deals with the status, problems and prospects in the building process of the e-library of maps and atlases. The given work is carried out in the context of an e-library general idea within the National Library of Russia (NLR). The major process constituents include: planned digitizing of cartographic stocks, digitizing related to the activities under the separate thematic projects, access providing to total electronic resources as well as making of the own ÑD-ROM editions.
activity under the separate thematic projects became an initial stage in the
process of NLR map e-library forming. The joint Russia-USA Meeting at the
Borders project proved the most significant of them. Its aim was to form a
bilingual (English-Russian) digital library. Its content related to development
Several thematic projects have been started to create the CD-ROM editions. There are as follows: collection “Peter the Great. From Ship Carpenter to Admiral; "Finland from the 17th to the 20th cc.”; "Mapped Northlands"; “Saint Petersburg City Plans by F.F. Shubert and M. Makhayev.
In the recent years, the Library has started systematic activities to digitize precious cartographic editions.
This year they finish digitizing of the 18th century Russian maps and atlases collection. One could say the same about the Joint Electronic Catalogue of the Russian Charters. Availability of these copy corpuses will enable to create an electronic database, containing both images and complete scientific explanations for the maps of that time.
The electronic library system of the Cartography Division also includes periodically repeated thematic exhibitions of digitized maps. One could see them on the library website.
Now the mentioned corpus of the digitized maps has just formed the electronic library of maps. It is local (except materials from the Meeting at the Borders website). The access to its resources is mainly available on the Library intranet. The distant users are provided with complete information about library services, regulations and access conditions to them. Several e-documents being kept in the electronic library are available on the NLR external server with the purpose of promotion.
The Cartography Division Electronic Library also includes a catalogue system including an accession catalogue of the Cartography Division (RUSMARC environment) and accession catalogues of cartographic publications for previous years. These are based on the scanned index cards from a traditional catalogue and are exposed for reviewing in the OPAC system.
Thus, with certainty, one might say that the full-scale e-library of cartographic editions is being established at the National Library of Russia.