Dear Sara,

Thanks for your questions! In the current revision/update of the PA map we are establishing more refined guidelines. I have learned a great deal in the process and would welcome the opportunity to talk with you about it more. For now, I will offer the following in response to your questions.

Can you share your guidelines and scope of who is included in your literary map and/or author directory?

We have yet to nail down our official criteria for inclusion as those on the map are a reflection of years of student and local writer biographical contributions. Generally, and ideally, speaking we look for strong ties and contributions to PA, with a combination of the two being the best.


Here are some points of consideration: 

The candidate must have resided in PA for at least four years under at least one or a combination of the following circumstances: born/raised, final days/death, studies/practiced primary vocation, or employed in primary vocation. In terms of contribution to PA, we look for community contribution (local classes/workshops, philanthropy, fundraisers, community centers, sponsorship, etc.); PA awards/recognition/honors/prizes; non-PA awards, or extraordinary contribution to history/literature/arts/science, etc.


Do you partner with any other organizations, universities, etc.?

Yes, Penn State University


Do you update your maps constantly or once a year or…?

Once this major revision is complete, the plan is to do so every 6 months. We keep a digital log of all needed updates to aid in this process. When we learn of 


Do you have an advisory board?

Not formally, but have three members working on different facets of the map as well as consultation with university faculty and staff.


Do you use ArcGIS StoryMaps or some other software?

ArcGIS. I have attached a document with some notes about the development of the shortlist that was created in response to CFB inquiries.


I hope that this is of benefit. I would love to hear of your progress. Please keep in touch!


All the best,


Erica King

Curriculum Specialist

Pennsylvania Center for the Book



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Hello CFB Colleagues!

 

Could those of you who do State Literary Maps and/or State Author Directories reply directly to me when you get a second?

 

Can you share your guidelines and scope of who is included in your literary map and/or author directory?

Do you partner with any other organizations, universities, etc.?

Do you update your maps constantly or once a year or…?

Do you have an advisory board?

Do you use ArcGIS StoryMaps or some other software?

 

Any lessons you have learned in your process are very welcome – thank you for your time!

 

Sara Peté | Community Outreach Librarian

Washington State Library | Office of the Secretary of State

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