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To Catch a Map Thief

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Retired librarian from Western Libraries Robert Lopresti gave a talk called “To Catch a Map Thief” on Wednesday, February 27 at 4 p.m. at Western Washington University in the Map Collection, located in Wilson Library Room 290. This event was free and open to the public.

In 2006, there was a major map theft at Western Washington University. Lopresti will talk about the two-year investigation by Western Libraries personnel that eventually drew in the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, and Montana State government, resulting in the conviction of a man who had stolen publications from more than 100 libraries around the country.

Lopresti retired in 2018 after 31 years as a librarian at Western, including eight years as map librarian. He is also an award-winning author of several scholarly articles, two novels, and more than sixty mystery and fantasy stories. Lopresti’s short stories have been finalists for the Derringer Award five times, winning three times. He has also won the Black Orchid Novella Award, and has been reprinted in Best American Mystery Stories and Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror. Lopresti’s recent work of nonfiction, When Women Didn’t Count, the Chronic Mismeasure and Marginalization of American Women in Federal Statistics, is the result of four decades of work with government publications, and won the Lane/Virginia F. Saunders Memorial Research Award in 2018.

This talk was offered as part of the Western Libraries Speaking of Maps lectures, designed to highlight the use and value of maps in research, in teaching and learning, and in daily life.

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Event

Start Date

27-2-2019 4:00 PM

End Date

27-2-2019 5:00 PM

Location

Map Collection, Wilson Library 290

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Event

Genre/Form

lectures

Subjects - Topical (LCSH)

Map thefts--United States; Thieves--United States; Libraries--Destruction and pillage; Criminal investigation

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Wilson Library

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Copying of this document in whole or in part is allowable only for scholarly purposes. It is understood, however, that any copying or publication of this document for commercial purposes, or for financial gain, shall not be allowed without the author’s written permission.

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English

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Keywords

Library map theft, Western Libraries, Western Washington University

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Feb 27th, 4:00 PM Feb 27th, 5:00 PM

To Catch a Map Thief

Map Collection, Wilson Library 290

Retired librarian from Western Libraries Robert Lopresti gave a talk called “To Catch a Map Thief” on Wednesday, February 27 at 4 p.m. at Western Washington University in the Map Collection, located in Wilson Library Room 290. This event was free and open to the public.

In 2006, there was a major map theft at Western Washington University. Lopresti will talk about the two-year investigation by Western Libraries personnel that eventually drew in the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, and Montana State government, resulting in the conviction of a man who had stolen publications from more than 100 libraries around the country.

Lopresti retired in 2018 after 31 years as a librarian at Western, including eight years as map librarian. He is also an award-winning author of several scholarly articles, two novels, and more than sixty mystery and fantasy stories. Lopresti’s short stories have been finalists for the Derringer Award five times, winning three times. He has also won the Black Orchid Novella Award, and has been reprinted in Best American Mystery Stories and Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror. Lopresti’s recent work of nonfiction, When Women Didn’t Count, the Chronic Mismeasure and Marginalization of American Women in Federal Statistics, is the result of four decades of work with government publications, and won the Lane/Virginia F. Saunders Memorial Research Award in 2018.

This talk was offered as part of the Western Libraries Speaking of Maps lectures, designed to highlight the use and value of maps in research, in teaching and learning, and in daily life.