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American Geographical Society Library Staff

Marcy Bidney, Curator & Library Associate Director for Distinctive Collections
Stephen Appel, Geospatial Information Librarian
Georgia Brown, Public Services Librarian
Angie Cope, Cartographic Cataloging Librarian
Susan Peschel, Visual Resources Librarian
Zoi Doehrer, Library Services Assistant III

Student Staff
Brendan Dooley, Reference Intern
Paul Lee, GIS Intern
Lillian Pachner, Digitization Student

Barbara Baruth
Jovanka Ristic

Past Curators
Chris Baruth 1995-2011

Roman Drazniowsky 1978-1993

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.

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

Stephen R. Appel
Stephen is the geospatial information specialist at the AGS Library and his work includes obtaining, curating, and providing access to digital spatial data; providing data reference to researchers and students; providing instruction to GIScience and related courses; overseeing digitization of maps; and supervising GIS student interns.  He is involved with the UWM Libraries Digital Preservation Community of Practice, Platform Review Task Force, GIS Day,  and the Digital Humanities Lab.

Stephen is originally from Neenah, WI and holds an MS in Geography, GIS Certificate, and BS in Conservation and Environmental Science all from UW-Milwaukee.  He started at the AGS Library as a GIS student assistant during graduate school and previously worked as a teaching assistant in the Department of Geography and a Tutor with Panther Academic Support Services.

Stephen’s interests include access to public geospatial data, critical GIS, critical cartography, biogeography, and data literacy. He has been a member of the American Association of Geographers since 2013.  Stephen has published two papers since graduating: Facilitating PPGIS through university libraries with his graduate advisor Rina Ghose and Geodex 2.0: saving a legacy map series cartobibliography with AGS Curator Marcy Bidney.  The later focused on Stephen’s work at the AGS library to modernize the unique Geodex system for indexing large paper map series.  He is currently researching spatial data literacy instruction methods and theory.

Stephen can be contacted at 

Georgia Brown

Georgia Brown is the Public Services Librarian at the American Geographical Society Library. She provides reference for students, faculty, community members, and researchers. Her work also involves helping AGSL materials find their way into UWM classes. By developing course-integrated materials for online cartographic literacy instruction, she is helping to promote these online instructional materials to the UWM community.

Georgia earned her BA in History at the University of Tennessee at Martin. She then went on to earn her MLIS and MA in History in 2020, both from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Georgia can be contacted at

Angie Cope
Angie is the cataloging librarian at the AGS Library cataloging maps, atlases, globes and providing metadata for the AGS Library Digital Map Collection. In addition, she coordinates the acquisitions of new resources for the library and is part of the website development team.

Angie has a B.S. and M.S. in geography from Missouri State University as well as an M.L.I.S. from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.

Many people recognized Angie’s name as the moderator of the popular map librarian discussion list MAPS-L (click here for more information).  

Here is one of Angie’s favorite maps.

You may contact Angie at

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

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 upon his retirement in 2011.

In June 2018, during the fortieth anniversary celebration of the arrival of the AGS Library at UW Milwaukee, Dr. Baruth received the Samuel Finley Breese Morse medal from the American Geographical Society “for innovations to the field of geography” during his AGSL tenure.

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.