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Kathleen Weessies Tuesday, June 9, 2020 - 10:00am Categories: Uncategorized

This video provides a six-minute overview of MSU Map Library collections and services available during COVID-19 related building shutdowns.  Instructors are encouraged to share this with students.

Mediaspace: https://mediaspace.msu.edu/media/Introduction+to+the+MSU+Map+Library/1_l59w5f82

YouTube: https://youtu.be/Dc9bDENWuSQ

Though our facility is closed, we still offer many online services and much of our collection is available.  In this video we will walk around the library together. You can see some of the things we have.  You may not know that we have just as many...

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Amanda Tickner Thursday, May 7, 2020 - 6:20pm Categories: Uncategorized

This blog post is based on two talks I gave at IASSIST in Austrailia and the Michigan State University Accessible Learning Conference in 2019. This is a sparsely published on subject and the talks and this blog post were/are meant to spark conversation on an under considered subject.

I do not write out my talks prior to giving them, I have basic notes and give presentations extemporaneously. The style of this blog post reflects that conversational tone.

My reason for giving presentations on this...

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Kathleen Weessies Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - 12:00pm Categories: Uncategorized
Why are there more 2nd Streets than 1st Streets in Michigan?

OK Geo Nerds --- After analyzing the Michigan Department of Transportation's computer files of the entire road network of Michigan, we compiled a list of the most common road names.  They go: 

Main St. 2nd St. 1st St. Maple St. 3rd St. Elm St. 4th St. Pine St. Oak St. 5th St.

These findings prompted astute tweeters @PWolfson6 and @matheduactor to ask, "How could 2nd Street be more common than 1st Street?"  We scratched our heads and assumed that in many towns the location of 1st Street was taken over by Main Street.  But...

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Amanda Tickner Monday, January 6, 2020 - 11:09am Categories: Events

Here is our slate of workshops for Spring 2020! If you have questions about the workshops or requests for topics of future workshops please email GIS Librarian Amanda Tickner at atickner@msu.edu

 

Introduction to QGIS: Make a Simple Color Shaded Map

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Kathleen Weessies Friday, September 20, 2019 - 4:45pm Categories: Uncategorized
"There will be a day sometime in the near future when this guide will not have to be published." -- Victor Green, in the preface to the 1941 edition

From 1936 to 1966 Victor Green, and later his widow Alma Green, edited the Negro Motorist Green Book, which listed businesses that would serve black travelers without harassment or prejudice.  Race or ethnicity of the business owner was not a criteria for inclusion in the listings.  We examined 9 editions of the Green Book, and created a map of the 86 Detroit businesses listed.  Enjoy these interactive maps to learn more about them.  Running...

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Amanda Tickner Friday, August 9, 2019 - 10:50am Categories: Events

Please join us for our Fall 2019 workshops!

If you have questions about these workshops please email atickner@msu.edu

Co-learning Workshops

Friday August 23th | 3:00–5:00pm: Getting Started with Spatial Analysis
Friday September 27th | 3:00–5:00pm: ArcPro Basics
Friday October 25th | 3:00–5:00pm: Performing Spatial Interpolation Using ArcGIS

DSL Classroom Space, 2 West

This is a series of open facilitated learning opportunities using ESRI ArcGIS online tutorials. We will work through different ESRI tutorials together in a group, at our...

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Kathleen Weessies Monday, March 18, 2019 - 8:40am Categories: Collections

This custom-bound book was owned and used by longtime San Francisco real estate agent Harry Cecil Jenkins.  It marks out every real estate parcel in the Mission District and nearby Horner’s Addition, a combined area that runs south of famous Market Street about a mile southwest of downtown.  The Mission District has a long interesting history and is still home to a close-knit Latinx community.  Today the area is facing transition and gentrification as high-tech companies move into the area.  

Harry’s meticulous marks in the book, made between 1909 and about 1930, describe street and...

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Amanda Tickner Friday, January 4, 2019 - 1:01pm Categories: Events

MSU Libraries is offering several workshops in spring on GIS and map related topics. All workshops are free and open to the public. The workshops will be held in the Main Library.

If you have questions, please contact Amanda Tickner, atickner@msu.edu

Registration information can be found here.

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Kathleen Weessies Friday, December 28, 2018 - 8:23am Categories: Collections

The United States was eager to learn more about rumors of a potential vast wealth in iron to be had in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  Copper mining was well underway and iron mining was just beginning when the Department of the Interior charged John Foster and Josiah Whitney to take a crew up there and complete a hasty geological survey of the 100,000 square mile area.

This image on the left is a small detail from a map which accompanied the 1851 report of the Iron District and it sketches out suggestions of the most prominent iron outcrops.  The vast reserves deep underground...

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Kathleen Weessies Monday, October 29, 2018 - 8:22am Categories: Collections

This French-made map from 1785 was the first to bear forms of the word “Michigan” applied to a land area.  It was also one of the first to recognize the fledgling country by its chosen name, United States, here in the French, Etats-Unis.

Of the suggested names for 10 new states to be made of the Northwest Territory, only two came close to being adopted:  Michigania and Illinoia.*  

Additionally, a lake off the Mississippi River near today’s Memphis is called “Lac des Meichigamia.”  Nearby a line marks the supposed path of Ferdinand de Soto’s party more than 240 years...

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