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An Error-ridden Map of Michigan
October 01, 2018 - 12:09:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Map Library   Categories: Collections

Michigan was swarming with settlers in the 1850s.  As the rural population rose, counties were organized, split, and reshaped at a fast pace.  Settlers were eager to buy maps that reflected the newest information and relied on mapmakers to pay attention to such developments.  


This map contains numerous errors in county boundaries.  The Tuscola, Huron, and Lapeer County boundaries date from 1845.  Charlevoix County is shown, but had been eliminated 4 years prior in 1853 (it would be resurrected in 1869).  Leelanau and Manitou Counties had been created, but don’t appear (for some...

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Michigan for Business
September 25, 2018 - 2:40:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Business Library News

Home to just over 10 million people, Michigan’s 14 metropolitan regions are supported by a host of industries, including construction in Kalamazoo, information technologies in Ann Arbor, and financial services in Detroit.


How good is Michigan for business though?


According to a 2018 study from CNBC, Michigan ranks 11th out of all 50 states for business, and 3rd for technology and innovation. The fastest growing careers in the Great Lakes State include: Health Specialties Teachers (+25.4%), Physician’s Assistants (+30%), Software App Developers (+31%), and Nurse Practitioners...

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Here There be 'Gators!
September 24, 2018 - 9:05:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Map Library
Alligator in Canada by Coronelli, 1695

This map depicts a very accurate rendering of the Great Lakes for its time.  Illustrations sprinkled throughout the map show Native Americans engaged in various activities including drying fish and being eaten by an alligator.  Explorer reports from the Gulf of Mexico must have been consulted and mixed in with more northerly reports as we see depictions of palm trees and alligators dotted throughout the Great Lakes and into Canada.


The region, and the map, is called ‘La Louisiana’ to strengthen the claims of King Louis the 14th of France.


Vincenzo Coronelli was an Italian...

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New Mintel Reports
September 17, 2018 - 8:54:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Business Library News   Categories: Uncategorized

Been on a plane lately?


Last month, Mintel Academic released it's 2018 - Airlines in the US Report. 


According to Mintel, "The surging price of [airline] fuel is impacting profit margins and encouraging airlines to raise fares."


Although there are currently over 5000 airlines with ICAO codes, there are just four domestic airlines which control roughly 72% of the U.S. market for air travel. American Airlines, now the world's largest airline, says that its fuel is "about 25% more expensive compared with the prior year, an increase that has added $412 million to its costs...

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German Michigan
September 17, 2018 - 8:36:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Map Library   Categories: Collections

In 1860, one-quarter of the foreign-born population in Michigan was from Germany.  These two maps of Michigan appeared in two popular German-made atlases, made when many western Europeans were immigrating to the United States.  


‘Nordlicher Theil’ shows us the entire journey immigrants could take from New York, up the Hudson River, along the newly-built Erie Canal and through the Great Lakes to Michigan.


Thirty years later, the atlas containing Neueste Karte was referred to as “Rolls Royce” of nineteenth century atlases.  However we can see that the geography of Michigan is...

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On Display This Week: The Birth of a Myth
September 10, 2018 - 8:55:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Map Library   Categories: Collections
The Birth of a Myth
Note: The following maps will be on display in the MSU Map Library the week of September 10, 2018. They were both generous gifts of Ron Dietz.

The French were enjoying the pinnacle of their influence in the Great Lakes when this map was published. It illustrated Charlevoix’ history and travel journal which saw wide distribution and many printings. Mapmaker Nicholas Bellin’s work was highly regarded and so this map helped shape many people’s perceptions of the region. In many ways it was a great improvement in Great Lakes mapping.


Michiganders, however, can’t fail...

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The New Digital Economy
September 10, 2018 - 8:54:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Business Library News   Categories: Uncategorized
Big Data

The emergence and rise of the internet and adaptive technologies have dramatically changed the environment in which businesses and consumers coexist. This year’s undergraduate initiatives at the Broad College will largely revolve around supporting initiatives which prepare students for the new digital economy.


“By 2020, the number of devices connected to the internet could surpass 50 billion. That’s seven devices for every human."– Bertelsmann Foundation


“In 2015, worldwide 12 zetabytes of data was created globally. The number is forecast to reach 163 zetabytes in 2025.”–...

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“The most magnificent work of its kind ever produced” --Sotheby’s
August 31, 2018 - 3:57:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Map Library   Categories: Collections

Joan Blaeu, like his father before him, was the official cartographer to the Dutch East India Company. This affiliation brought his mapmaking firm advantageous intelligence on the far eastern lands due to the Dutch monopoly on the spice trade.


Atlas Maior was the culmination of more than 60 years of work. The House of Blaeu published several atlases since the founding of the firm in 1596, including Het Licht der Zeevaert, Theatre du Monde ou Nouvel Atlas, and Theatrum Orbis Terrarum.


When this atlas was released in 1665 in multiple volumes, it was the most expensive published...

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Cliff Haka Retires After 21 Years as Director of Libraries
July 13, 2018 - 5:01:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: News @ MSU Libraries   Categories: Staff Feature


Cliff Haka joined MSU Libraries in 1982 as an Information Librarian and later became the Head of the Information/Reference Department from 1985-1987. He went on to become the Assistant Director for Access Services from 1987-1991 and then the Assistant Director for Administrative Services from 1991-1997 before taking on the role as Director of Libraries in 1997. 


Taking charge at a time when all campus dorms were being wired for the Internet, the Libraries were experiencing a sharp falloff in use. To counter this, Haka committed to an aggressive program to encourage students...

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We are on the move!
June 28, 2018 - 3:07:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Map Library   Categories: Events

Bob and his crew are actively moving the MSU map collection to the 2nd floor of the East Wing.  We anticipate the move completing in mid-August in time for Fall 2018 semester.  We plan to stay open during the move, just let us know what you want to find and we will track it down!



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