Join the Friends of the Altoona Area Public Library for a Fall program with speakers Paige Andrew and Heather Dohn Ross of the Penn State University Libraries.
Learn about the University’s cartographic collections, including a student research project that extracted data of some of Altoona’s historic buildings from Sanborn fire insurance maps, part of Penn State’s historic Pennsylvania Sanborn Map Collection. There are sure to be fascinating examples for anyone who enjoys maps, travel, local history, genealogy, outdoors activities, or the artistry of maps. No registration necessary. All are welcome.
Paige Andrew is the maps cataloging librarian and a faculty member at the Pennsylvania State University Libraries since 1995. In 2018 the University Libraries honored him with the rank of Distinguished Librarian. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Geography at Western Washington University in 1984 and a Master in Library Science at the University of Washington in 1986. Penn State holds one of the largest research-level map collections in the country, and Mr. Andrew has been leading a team effort to completely catalog all of Penn State’s cartographic collections.
Heather Dohn Ross is the Map Specialist in the Donald W. Hamer Center for Maps and Geospatial Information at Penn State University Libraries where she has worked for 20 years. This collection is one of the largest collections of cartographic resources in Pennsylvania. She holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Experimental Psychology from Syracuse University. She helps both Penn State and external patrons find paper and digital maps for professional and personal research, as well as giving seminars to professional organizations.