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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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The European Migration Crisis in Perspective
December 10, 2015 - 5:03:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Associated Blog: Map Library   Categories: Uncategorized

In his speech to the US Congress on September 24, Pope Francis stated that “Our world is facing a refugee crisis of a magnitude not seen since the Second World War.” This common refrain can be heard throughout the current dialogue on the refugee and migrant situation in Europe and elsewhere but, what does it really mean?

Following the Potsdam Agreement, there were approximately 23 million people displaced either by the war’s effect or through the forced expulsion of Germans from Eastern Europe. These population movements are reflected in our map from 1952, showing an astounding...

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Call for authors: History of Cartography, volume 5
December 10, 2015 - 5:03:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Associated Blog: Map Library   Categories: Uncategorized

The History of Cartography v.5 (Cartography in the 19th Century) is seeking contributors to write entries on the following topics.

If you are interested in writing one (or more) of these, please contact

Claudia Asch

Research Assistant

Volume 5, History of Cartography



Cluster Entry Term Words Contracted

1.1.1 Property Mapping Property Mapping in the Caribbean 2000

1.1.1 Property Mapping Property Mapping in Portugal 2000...

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New Books
November 11, 2015 - 8:02:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Associated Blog: Gull Lake Library New Books   Categories: News and Events

Sinha, R.K. Modern Plant Physiology. Alpha Science International Ltd. ©2014 Call Number: QK 711.2 .S55 2014 c.2

Ochterski, J. The Pond Guidebook. Natural Resource, Agriculture, and Engineering Service, Cooperative Extension. ©2007 Call Number: TD 392 .P66 2007

Hoffman and Plourd. Raising Dairy Replacements. Midwest Plan Service. ©2003 Call Number: SF 206.5 .R35 2003 c.2

Molles. Ecology: concepts and applications. McGraw-Hill Education. ©2016 Call Number: QH 541 .M553 2016

Jones, Hyde and Pang. Freshwater fungi and fungal-like organisms. Walter de Gruyter GmbH...

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1986 Map of MSU Libraries
October 29, 2015 - 6:46:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Associated Blog: Map Library   Categories: Uncategorized

In 1986 MSU cartography student Brenda Mathenia made this map of campus that highlights the 14 library locations and their collections. The back summarizes the collections and services of the libraries at that time. Over the intervening 29 years we've changed drastically both in size and composition. Our collections are larger and our locations are fewer. Our computing and study spaces are vastly enhanced and modernized. One thing hasn't changed one iota though, and that is expressed in the last sentence: "The MSU Libraries are constantly growing and changing, responding to the...

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