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Celebrate Global Media and Information Literacy Week 2017 at MSU
October 23, 2017 - 11:44:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: News @ MSU Libraries
October 25 - November 1, 2017 is Global Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Week. Here’s why we are celebrating at the MSU Libraries: 


Finding information is easier than ever. But finding information that you can trust, use, or act upon, is considerably more challenging. That's where media and information literacy come in.

Broadly, media and information literacy encompasses the skills, abilities, mindsets, and concepts that we all need to navigate the 21st century information landscape. While definitions might vary in their particulars, they share a common focus on...

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6 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do at Hollander MakeCentral
October 20, 2017 - 4:09:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: News @ MSU Libraries   Categories: MSU Libraries
There's more to Hollander MakeCentral than just printing and copying your papers and posters for class. You can also:
1. Print your own books

If you're interested in self-publishing your own book or project, the Espresso Book Machine (EBM) can help make that dream a reality. It can print a paperback book in less than 15 minutes, it's affordable, and anyone can use it.

2. Take your passport photo

Are you studying abroad or planning an international trip sometime soon? You can have your passport photo taken in MakeCentral and apply for your passport with our Passport Services. 

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What are Michigan's Minor Civil Divisions?
October 12, 2017 - 9:09:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Map Library   Categories: Uncategorized

Michigan's 83 counties are divided into villages, townships, charter townships, and cities.  Collectively these units are known as Minor Civil Divisions.  The differences between them relate to the degree of power they have over their administrative structure, their taxing powers, territorial integrity, and authority over services (Verberg, 1990).  When it comes to matters of property taxes and voting, all state residents look to either their city or township.  A city may annex land from a general law township, but a township may not annex land from a city. The U.S. Bureau of Census...

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Why We Celebrate Banned Books Week
September 27, 2017 - 4:05:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: News @ MSU Libraries

Banned Books Week is an annual celebration of our right to access books and read without censorship, a crucial component of democracy. Libraries and book stores all across the country participate every year.

Though most of us are free to access and read what we want to, it is important to note that books are constantly being challenged. A challenge is defined as “a formal, written complaint requesting a book be removed from library shelves or school curriculum.” Since 1990, more than 10,000 book challenges have been recorded by the American Library Association’s Office for...

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State-of-the-Art Digital Scholarship Lab Coming to MSU
September 19, 2017 - 3:30:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: News @ MSU Libraries   Categories: DSLab

State-of-the-Art Digital Scholarship Lab Coming to MSU

The Michigan State University Libraries and the College of Arts & Letters are partnering to build a state-of-the-art Digital Scholarship Lab. The 8,000-square-foot space in the Main Library will feature a 360-degree immersive visualization room that will accommodate up to 20 students along with a Virtual Reality room for experimentation with VR headsets.

There will be dedicated lab space and informal gathering areas to facilitate cross-disciplinary collaboration. Students in every major will be able to use the...

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Visualization Community Seminar Series
September 11, 2017 - 1:45:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Map Library   Categories: Events
The Visualization Community Seminar Series is a place for anyone interested in visualization/data visualization to learn about emerging ideas, research and methods. Faculty, students, and community members are invited to attend sessions where an invited visualization practitioner(s) will share their research and methods. The goal of this seminar series is to build a community of practice around visualization that crosses disciplinary boundaries and techniques. Anyone with an interest in the topic of visualization is welcome and encouraged to attend! Feel free to bring your lunch.
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Fall 2017 Trial Access to MapVault (link fixed)
August 31, 2017 - 11:49:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Map Library

During Fall Semester 2017, MSU students, faculty and staff have access to a new map database MapVault.  MapVault provides access to  maps of countries around the world.  Most maps are topographic, but it also contains some Geological, Aeronautical, Nautical, Tourist and Thematic maps. Maps are delivered as a streaming tile service either through the MapVault web application or through ArcGIS or QGIS. 

We welcome your feedback about this product, particularly concerning your anticipated use of this product, shoudl we acquire it.  Please email your feedback to Kathleen Weessies, Head...

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Fall 2017 Workshops
August 09, 2017 - 9:25:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Map Library   Categories: Events

We have some new and some repeated workshops for Fall 2017! All workshops are free and open to the public. Registration is encouraged but not required.

Introduction to QGIS Make a Simple Map with Vector Data: Friday September 15th Beaumont West 3:00-4:00

Learn the basics of QGIS, the free open source geospatial software - this workshop will demonstrate how to make a choropleth (color shaded) map and place graduated symbols on it, load shapefiles and .csv table files into QGIS, join data to spatial information and edit features.
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New Books
July 18, 2017 - 4:12:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Gull Lake Library New Books   Categories: News and Events

Cole. Textbook of Limnology. Waveland Press, © 2016 Call Number: QH 96 .C63 2016  

Berger-Tal . Conservation behavior : applying behavioral ecology to wildlife conservation and management. Cambridge University Press, © 2016. Call Number: QL 751 .C663 2016  

Barnes. Michigan shrubs & vines : a guide to species of the Great Lakes Region. University of Michigan Press, © 2016. Call Number: QK 167 .B37 2016

Arnold. Divergence with genetic exchange. Oxford University Press, © 2016. Call Number: QH 390 .A76 2016 c.2

Rapai. Lake Invaders: invasive species and the...

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Land Selected under the Morrill Land Grant Act of 1862
June 09, 2017 - 2:47:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Map Library   Categories: Uncategorized

An interactive map has been created which displays the land parcels selected by the State of Michigan under the Morrill Land Grant College Act. 

In 1863 Michigan participated in the program established by the Morrill Land Grant College Act of 1862 to establish an agricultural college using funds gained from a grant of federal lands. This map displays the 240,000 acres selected.

The legal land description of each parcel is listed in the book, The State of Michigan and the Morrill Land Grant College Act of 1862. Author Herbert Berg had obtained photocopies of the list from the...

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