American Geographical Society Library



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AGS Library Staff Members


Professional Staff

Marcy Bidney, Curator

Angie Cope, Cataloging Librarian

Susan Peschel, Visual Resources Librarian

Jovanka Ristic, Reference Librarian

Vacant, Digital Spatial Data Librarian


Support Staff

Ann Barnish, Preservation
Kay Guildner, Library Services Assistant


Student Assistants

Stephen Appel, GIS Student Assistant
Shannon Erb, GIS Student Assistant
Sarah Duffeck, Student Assistant
Marisa Glazier, Student Assistant
Julee Mitchel, GIS Student Assistant
Rebecca Nole, Geography Department Student Project Assistant
Zachary Stencil, GIS Student Assistant


Past Curators

Chris Baruth 1995-2011

Roman Drazniowsky 1978-1993


NEH Grant Project Staff

Susan Peschel, AGS Library Visual Resources Librarian and NEH Grant Photographic Collections Coordinator
Tamara Johnston, NEH Grant Coordinator
Trevor Berman, NEH Grant Digital Imaging Specialist
Susan L. Dykes, NEH Grant Metadata Specialist
Rachel Schupp, NEH Grant Project Assistant

Ann Hanlon, UWM Libraries Digital Collections Coordinator
Ling Meng, UWM Libraries Digital Collections Librarian


Motion Picture Film Preservation Project for NEH Grant:

Robert P. Garvey, Student Motion Picture Film Specialist
Thomas Frank Hays, Student Motion Picture Film Specialist
Akila Renee Ingvoldstad, Student Motion Picture Film Specialist
Sharan Mohanadoss, Student Motion Picture Film Specialist
Erica Lane Thompson, Student Motion Picture Film Specialist
Kelly Kirshtner, Motion Picture Film Student Adviser and Assistant Professor, Department of Film, Video, Animation & New Genres

To learn more about the NEH Grant Project, visit here:

CLIR Grant Project Staff

Robert Jaeger, CLIR Grant Archivist
Will Tchakirides, CLIR Grant Graduate Student Assistant



AGSL Staff Member Biographies

Marcy Bidney
Marcy Bidney began as Curator of the American Geographical Society Library at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries in October of 2012. She succeeds Christopher Baruth, who retired in 2011 with emeritus status after working at AGS Library for 31 years, including 16 years as Curator.

Bidney previously was Assistant Professor and Head of the Donald W. Hamer Maps Library, University Libraries, at Pennsylvania State University (2007-2012) and Unit Coordinator, Governmental and Legal Information Unit, and Maps/GIS Librarian, Leslie F. Malpass Library, at Western Illinois University (2003-2007).

She earned her MLIS, magna cum laude, from Drexel University; her MA, magna cum laude, in Geography/Urban Studies, from Temple University; and her BA, summa cum laude, in Geography, from Rowan University.

Bidney has published articles in the Journal of Map and Geography Libraries (“Can Coordinates in Catalog Records Be Useful?”), OCLC Systems and Services (“Creating the Virtual Map Drawer: Bridging the Gap between Spatial Data Infrastructures and Map Libraries”), and other journals, and has delivered numerous presentations at national and international conferences.

She has served on several editorial and advisory boards, including Resources for College Libraries, a cooperative project of the Association of College Libraries, Choice Magazine and Bowker (2009-present).

Bidney’s professional affiliations include the American Library Association (where she has served as Chair of the Map and Geography Roundtable, 2010-11); Cartographic Users Advisory Counsel (Co-chair, 2009-11); International Federation of Library Associations (Government Information and Official Publications Committee, Secretary, 2006-11); and Association of American Geographers.

Marcy may be contacted at

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Angie Cope
Angie Cope joined the AGS Library staff in September 2002. She performs original and copy cataloging of maps, atlases and globes. Angie is also responsible for collection development for print maps, atlases and globes. She is part of the UWM Libraries webpage team and manages the Digital Map Collection and assistant editor of CGP- Contents.

In 2005 Angie became the moderator of the popular map librarian discussion list MAPS-L. Angie has been active in the American Library Association's (ALA) Map and Geospatial Information Round Table presenting at conferences, publishing and serving as the Collection Development contact for that group. She served as an editor for the MAGERT Coordinates online journal. She is a member of the Wisconsin Library Association (WLA), Road Map Collectors Association and the Washington Map Society.

Angie's interest in increasing access to collections leads her in many directions including posting archival finding aids to the website, adding images to the AGS Library Flickr page and posting at the UWM Libraries Facebook page.

Angie has an M.L.I.S. from UW - Milwaukee ; an M.S. in Resource Planning and a B.S. in Geography both from Southwest Missouri State University (SMSU). She may be reached at

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Susan M. Peschel
AGS Library, Senior Academic Librarian. Ms. Peschel holds an MLS from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a BA in Geography from Montclair State University, New Jersey. She was affiliated with the American Geographical Society prior to its move from New York City to Milwaukee in 1978. She was the first professional librarian hired for the AGS Library by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1979. Ms. Peschel served as Managing Editor for Current Geographical Publications, a monthly bibliography of new literature in the broad field of geography published by the AGS Library until it ceased in December 2005. She now serves as Editor of CGP- Contents, an online continuation of CGP. In January 2006, Ms. Peschel assumed the responsibility for the AGSL Photographic Collections and more recently has been actively involved in multiple grant funded projects taking place in the AGSL . Ms. Peschel is professionally active, serving on the Executive Board for the Special Libraries, Geography and Map Division for 10 years and, in multiple capacities of the Executive Board, including Associate Executive Director, Treasurer, and now Business Manager for the North American Cartographic Information Society, an organization founded at the AGS Library in 1980. Susan Peschel can be contacted at

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Jovanka R. Ristic
Jovanka Ristic is a Senior Academic Librarian who has been with the AGS Library since 1981. In addition to her primary duties as reference librarian, she is actively involved with outreach activities, including the preparation of exhibits.  She is the Treasurer of the Map Society of Wisconsin

Ms. Ristic received her BS degree in botany, MS in botany/zoology (specializing in limnology), and MLS in library science, all from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She co-authored a series of bathymetric charts of the Great Lakes with her father, cartographer Ratko J. Ristic. Jovanka Ristic can be contacted at

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Digital Spatial Data Librarian (vacant)
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Past Curators

Chris Baruth, 1995-2011

Christopher Baruth retired as Curator of the American Geographical Society Library at the UWM Libraries, where he worked for 31 years in 2011. He started at AGSL in 1980 as Map and Imagery Librarian and was appointed Curator in 1995.

In his leadership role, Baruth oversaw a substantial increase of resources, including the Archives of the Association of American Geographers and the McColl Collection of China-related materials; the procurement of a major NEH grant for photographic preservation; the expansion of visiting fellowship programs; a comprehensive recataloging project; and the establishment of digital spatial data services. He also initiated the ongoing digitization of the collection and its placement online.

“Chris really brought the AGSL from the 19th century into the 21st century,” said Ewa Barczyk, Director of UWM Libraries. “He guided efforts to update and automate its antiquated card catalog, preserve thousands of deteriorating maps, and scan selected AGSL materials for internet access.” Baruth created a popular speaker series, Academic Adventurers, that offers
UWM faculty and staff an opportunity to share their research-related travels and experiences with the public. He was also instrumental in organizing the Map Society of Wisconsin.

He received the Honors Award for Outstanding Achievement from the Geography and Map Division of the Special Libraries Association in 1993, and the Honors Award from the Map and Geography Round Table of the American Library Association in 2001.

His publications include GEODEX: GEOgraphic InDEX System for Map Series (1988), a system that allowed AGSL to build one of the largest automated cartobibliographies in the world with over 350,000 entries; articles in Geographical Review, Journal of the International Map Collectors’ Society, and Care and Conservation of Manuscripts; and a chapter in The Map Library in the New Millennium.

Baruth has been active nationally and internationally in his field, serving as Executive Director of the North American Cartographic Information Society from 1990 to 2001, and as a member of the Standing Committee for Geography and Map Libraries of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions 1999-2005.

Baruth received emeritus status from the Chancellor.


Roman Drazniowsky, 1962-1993

Born in 1922, Drazniowsky joined the staff of the American Geographical Society in 1962 as map curator. As the financial position of the society began to deteriorate in the early 1970s, "Dr. D" as he was called, assumed added responsibility, eventually taking charge of the library and the editorship of Current Geographical Publications. When the library and map collection sought a new home, Drazniowsky was a key figure in the process which ultimately selected UW-Milwaukee (UWM) as the new home of what came to be called the AGS Collection (AGSC).

It was only natural that Drazniowsky followed his collection to Milwaukee in 1978, and became its first curator: he oversaw the collection's move, its unpacking, and its redeployment in its new space at UWM. In his fifteen years in Milwaukee, he was able to pass on not only his knowledge of the collection, but also much of the lore of the society and his deep understanding of map and geography librarianship as a profession.

In addition to his role with the AGSC, Drazniowsky also held adjunct faculty appointments in UWM’s Geography Department and its School of Library and Information Science (now School of Information Studies), and taught courses on cartographic resources and map librarianship (as he had done at Columbia University before moving to Milwaukee).

Drazniowsky retired from UWM in 1993, only to pursue an active second career at the Free University of Ukraine, in Munich, Germany, where he taught geography, and served as rector. Drazniowsky's busy retirement did not permit many return visits to the library though he did serve on the AGSC Advisory Committee.


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