As a part time masters GIS student at Portsmouth University I think it's
terrible that they want to move the collection off site. Although I don't
use the map collection reguarly (as I personally have a fair number old OS
maps of my own), I have found it useful when ever I have used it.
I only travel down once a week from Guildford which is 1.25 hours away and
if it took a whole day to retrieve a map, I wouldn't be around to collect
If the complete mapping archive was scanned in at very high quality, then
may be I would have slightly less objection as I could at least look at a
scan. However the university doesn't own a drum scanner so the large maps
can't be scanned in to make this possible.
When they say off site. Do they mean at a location not owned by the
university? I already find it awkward that the colour printers are located
in a different building to the Geography department. Every time one prints,
one has to go down, over and up to pay and if there is a problem, one has to
walk all the way back again and repeat the process. This includes even A4
prints. So removing a map collection to somewhere much further away would be
even more annoying than that.
----- Original Message -----
From: "David Sherren" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Friday, December 15, 2006 12:42 PM
Subject: Map Library at Portsmouth under threat
> Dear map colleagues
> Some of you will know that the Map Library here at Portsmouth is
> incorporated within our Portland Learning Resources Centre. Following a
> major change to our faculty structure, a review of the Portland LRC has
> been undertaken and its findings were made available to me this week. I
> regret to say that one of the key proposals of this review is that the
> "Map Library be archived off campus but with access as required ...
> artefacts would be retrievable within a day or so". This is only a
> proposal and further discussion will take place in mid-January, however
> I fear this may be the start of a fight to save our collection.
> I have until 5 January to write a response and wondered whether anyone
> on this list has had any experience of operating a collection in such a
> remote way as proposed above. Any feedback, on or off list, would be
> much appreciated. I'm convinced that it will not be possible for us to
> operate with a remotely stored collection, not least because users are
> often unclear about their own needs and return trips between issue desk
> and collection are frequently required. Also, frankly, our catalogue is
> not robust enough. Anyway, I'm keen to here from anyone with personal
> experience that backs up my assertion that this proposal is unworkable.
> Happy Christmas to you all.
> David (hoping for a happier new year!)
> David Sherren
> Head, Portland Learning Resources Centre, University of Portsmouth,
> Faculty of Technology, Portland Building, Portland Street, PORTSMOUTH,
> PO1 3AH
> Tel: (023) 9284 2476 Fax: (023) 9284 2654
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