Wiley Digital Archives: Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)


Dive into the Royal Geographical Society digital archive for exciting discoveries in the world of Geography.

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This webinar is targeted at Librarians who deal with collections management and acquisitions as well as Researchers of Geography in its broadest sense in addition to Professors and Lecturers who teach various disciplines of Geography to either year 1 students or those completing their PhD.


This webinar introduces you to the Collections of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) and will help you to understand the value of the Society’s 2-million strong Collections for student research and teaching purposes, as presented through Wiley Digital Archives.

You will receive access to a first-hand look at the archive’s digitisation process and the potential of the Society’s Collections to enhance teaching and research opportunities in your institution.

With an international focus to the archive, Alasdair MacLeod introduces the scope of these internationally important Collections and identifies key potential research. Alasdair will also point to the importance and relevance of the Collections for wider academic study in associated and allied subject fields, beyond the discipline of geography.

Key Highlights:

  • An introduction to the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) and its Collection.
  • Hidden Histories of Exploration – a Collections usage exemplar.
  • Disciplinary reach and relevance of the collections beyond geography.

Presenter(s)

Alasdair MacLeod - Head of Enterprise and Resources, Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers)

Alasdair MacLeod

Head of Enterprise and Resources, Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers)

Alasdair MacLeod, FRGS Present: Head of Enterprise and Resources at the world’s leading centre for geographers and geographical learning, including management and interpretation and access to the Society’s 2-million strong archives. Previously: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, Orion Publishing, divisional Managing Director, (2004-07); British Museum, Director of Publishing, 2001-04; Royal Museums Greenwich, Head of Publishing and Online Information Services (1998-2001). Edinburgh University 1981-85 M.A. (Hons) English Language and Literature. Author of: ‘Explorers: Great Tales of Adventure and Endurance’ (2010), and as a contributor, to: ‘Mountaineers: Great Tales of Bravery and Conquest’ (2015), ‘Hints to Lady Travellers: at Home and Abroad’ (2011) and ‘One Savile Row: The Invention of the English Gentleman’ (2014).
John Morris - Wiley Digital Archives Specialist

John Morris

Wiley Digital Archives Specialist

John is responsible for Wiley Digital Archives in the Asia Pacific Region. Located in Melbourne, John comes from the UK and has worked previously in Japan and Vietnam. Prior to working with Wiley, John was the General Manager for Mercury’s Fit2work, which provided Background Screening, Credentialing and Recruitment software and consulting to the Australian Government, Health and Education Sectors. John has volunteered as the chair of GEALC, an Adult Community Education service in Melbourne and Recruited volunteers to work with the Christina Noble Children’s foundation in Vietnam. He is the proud father of two brilliant boys and enjoys sports, music and reading. John’s fascination with digital archives stems from the quality content made available through our society partnerships. The unique primary source collections Wiley has established with outstanding historical collections providing incredible access to research and teaching resources. It is a real pleasure to share content rich resources with the academic community who derive such value from virtually hands-on collections.