Michigan State University
Michigan GIS Users Meeting
July 13, 2016 - 8:11:00 am (America/Detroit)
Associated Blog: Map Library   Categories: Events
Statewide Michigan GIS Users meeting at the MSU Main Library

The Statewide GIS User Group provides bimonthly networking and educational opportunities for GIS professionals across Michigan. The meetings are open to everyone from students through seasoned professionals and feature a range of technical and non-technical topics.

The next meeting is Thursday, August 4, 2016 at the MSU Main Library.  We will be offering a remote conferencing option using our campus site license to zoom.us for the morning session only starting at 10:00am.  You may connect audio-only using a phone or may...

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Mormonism and Michigan's County Formation
June 29, 2016 - 3:00:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Associated Blog: Map Library
Image of Manitou County from "Map of the State of Michigan and the Surrounding Country," Exhibiting the Sections and the Latest Surveys.  By John Farmer. Published in Detroit in 1855.

From 1850-1856, James Jesse Strang (image below) lived on Beaver Island as a self-appointed king among the Mormon adherents who declared allegiance to him after the death of Joseph Smith.  Strang commanded a loyal following from his congregants but it often brought the Strangite Mormons into conflict with the judiciary in Mackinac.  These disagreements drove the Mormons to seek local and state political office and culminated in the election of Strang as a state legislator.  It was through this office that Strang would seek to change the fortunes of his community and alter the geography of...

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New Books
June 14, 2016 - 2:31:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Associated Blog: Gull Lake Library New Books   Categories: News and Events

Few. Now you see it : simple visualization techniques for quantitative analysis. Analytics Press © 2006. Call Number: TK 7882.I6 F48 2009

Flora of North America Editorial Committee. Flora of North America : north of Mexico. Oxford University Press  ©1993- Call Number: QK 110 .F55 1993  v.6

Kumano. Freshwater red algae of the world. Biopress ©2002. Call Number QK 569 .R4 K86 2002

Bremer. Using R at the bench : step-by-step data analytics for biologists. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press ©2015. Call Number: QH 324.2 .B74 2015 c.2

Roskams and Rodgers. Lab ref : a...

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Learn QGIS at our Half-day Workshop
May 31, 2016 - 11:36:00 am (America/Detroit)
Associated Blog: Map Library

This three hour workshop gives participants the opportunity to learn QGIS, the free and open source geospatial software package. The workshop content revolves around solving a research/planning question using data about Detroit. Skills included in the workshop are making a color-shaded choropleth map, sub-setting data, using census data, geocoding within QGIS, joining datasets, creating buffers and more. If you have taken other library workshops on QGIS, this workshop will review and build on your skills.  If you are totally unfamiliar with QGIS this workshop will give you a solid ...

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Do you know where the Gast Business Library gets its name?
April 13, 2016 - 11:03:00 am (America/Detroit)
Associated Blog: Business Library News

William C. Gast was a compassionate businessman who believed in bringing the high ideals he lived by to the family-run business he managed for more than 40 years. A leader in the southwestern Michigan business community, Mr. Gast led his company to prosperity by following the simple tenets of life's most basic rule - treat others as you might hope to be treated.

Mr. Gast was a student at Michigan State University when, in 1925, his father called him home to help oversee the family's growing manufacturing business. Mr. Gast would eventually see the company through 40 years of...

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Geospatial Workshops, Spring 2016
March 18, 2016 - 2:20:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Associated Blog: Map Library   Categories: Uncategorized

We are hosting two more fun and useful workshops this semester!

Finding Geospatial Data This workshop will describe places and strategies for finding geospatial data of various types, with an emphasis on free, public resources as well as library resources. There will be time at the end to answer questions, conduct individual searches and brainstorm about individual project needs. Monday March 21st 3-4:30 PM in the Main Library 3 West No registration needed.

Create a 3D Historical Map Flythrough Using ArcScene Learn to use the ArcGIS 3D Analyst tool ArcScene to create a 3D...

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Diamonds in Your Back Yard?
February 23, 2016 - 5:17:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Associated Blog: Map Library
In 1927, Clyde Newnom authored a guidebook to Michigan titled Michigan’s Thirty-seven Million Acres of Diamonds.The author, in his introduction, explained the use of the word ‘diamonds’ poetically: “Her [Michigan’s] hand is overflowing with vast natural resources and great wealth.” Clyde was not suggesting literally that Michigan might include diamonds as one of these natural resources of note.

A lucky few, however, have found diamonds in the Great Lakes area. Michigan’s most notable find was Frank Blackmond’s 11-carat diamond found in 1894 near Dowagiac in southwest Michigan. Several...

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Copper Plates in Map Production
February 09, 2016 - 1:06:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Associated Blog: Map Library

Part of the black-ink plate to the 1912 Lansing topographic map.

From the 1880s to the 1950s, the U.S. Geological Survey used engraved copper plates in the process of printing topographic and geographic quadrangle maps. Copper alloy engraving plates were inscribed with a mirror image of the points, contour lines, symbols, and text that constitute a topographic map. Each plate was inscribed with details for a single color of ink. Every sheet of paper had to be impressed multiple times to make a complete color map. In order to make large numbers of prints, USGS transferred the...

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East Lansing and MSC, 1926
February 03, 2016 - 12:35:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Associated Blog: Map Library

East Lansing and MSC, 1926

This map of East Lansing and the Michigan State College campus shows every land parcel and every campus building. It also includes the city’s sanitation and sewage treatment infrastructure, which mainly involved piping sewage to the Red Cedar River (a practice long since discontinued). The City of East Lansing passed its first zoning ordinance effective August 13, 1926 in the form of a 12-page booklet which is attached to the map. The ordinance created five use districts in the city (excepting the college lands) which carefully separated fraternity and...

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Spring Semester 2016 Workshops
January 05, 2016 - 1:04:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Associated Blog: Map Library   Categories: Uncategorized

We will be offering many fun and useful workshops this semester!

Print your Neighborhood: 3D Printing From A Topographic Map: No 3D printing experience necessary. Use simple applications to prepare a file to 3D print a small area relief map of your favorite place or research area. Please bring a laptop with Autodesk 123D loaded (it can be downloaded for free here) Tuesday January 26th 3-4 PM (in the Makerspace Series) No registration needed - just show up to the Makerspace on the second floor of the library

QGIS Workshop 1: Choropleth Mapping will demonstrate how to make a...

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