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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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Other Duties as Assigned: MDOT Workers iron maps in 1951
April 27, 2017 - 8:52:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Map Library   Categories: Uncategorized

In 1951 the State Library of Michigan, then in the Cass Building, was set on fire.  State workers rushed to save as many water logged items as possible.  In the picture above Michigan Department of Transportation workers are using irons to flatten maps.  The recovery efforts were featured in Life Magazine.


Actually, freezing waterlogged books & papers is about the best thing you can do to stop mold and disintegration until someone can deal with the items.  The fire happened during sub-freezing temperatures.  Nowadays when library items are soaked from sprinkler systems, we rent...

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L'Enfant's Legacy
January 10, 2017 - 3:08:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Map Library   Categories: Collections

In 1790, The newly formed US Congress passed the Residence Act allowing for the creation of a new city ‘not more than 10 miles square’ as the seat of the Federal government.  The site chosen by George Washington sat between the Potomac and Anacostia rivers making the city accessible for commerce but also defensible against naval attack.  Conveniently, it was also just up the road from Washington’s home at Mount Vernon. 



Fig. 1: Miniature Portrait of Andrew Ellicott, 1799. Source: Wikipedia


The surveyor Andrew Ellicott (Fig. 1), who would later serve as the US boundary...

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