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Kathleen Weessies Thursday, September 16, 2021 - 10:00am Categories:
Entry to the MSU Map Library in 2021

This video provides a six-minute overview of MSU Map Library collections and services  Instructors are encouraged to share this with students.

Mediaspace: https://mediaspace.msu.edu/media/Introduction%20to%20the%20MSU%20Map%20Library%20-%202021/1_z7zdoanx

The MSU Map Library is a wonderful place to learn about maps.  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 digital files as we have paper maps and atlases. So next we'll take a look at the website and see what you can access...

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Amanda Tickner Friday, August 13, 2021 - 11:41am Categories: Events

Welcome to the MSU Library Fall 2021 Workshop offerings. All workshops will be held in person and online in a hybrid format. In person will be in the Digital Scholarship Lab computer classroom on the second floor of the west wing of the main library (with the exception of the GIS Discussion Meet Up on Nov. 5th which will be held in the Map Library). To attend online, please register and a Zoom link will be sent to you.

Learn QGIS: Making a color shaded map in QGIS 
Wednesday September 22nd 
4-5 PM 

Learn the basics of QGIS, the free open source geospatial software...

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Amanda Tickner Monday, January 4, 2021 - 7:25pm Categories: Events

It doesn't feel like Spring right now with the pretty snow on the ground, but Spring semester is beginning and with it there will be a few GIS workshops. In Spring Semester 2021 all of our workshops will be held online. As usual, they are free and open to anyone who wants to attend. No experience with GIS is necessary. If you have any questions please contact Amanda Tickner via email: atickner@msu.edu

 

Make a Simple Color Shaded Map with QGIS

Friday, February 5th | 4:00-5:00

Learn the basics of QGIS, the free open source geospatial software—this workshop will...

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Amanda Tickner Tuesday, August 18, 2020 - 3:59pm Categories: Events

The leaves are starting to turn, Fall semester is starting soon and that means the return of MSU Libraries GIS workshops. For Fall 2020 all of our workshops will be held online. As usual, they are free and open to anyone who wants to attend. If you have any questions please contact Amanda Tickner via email: atickner@msu.edu

 

Make a Simple Color Shaded Map with QGIS

Friday, September 25th | 3:00-5:00

Learn the basics of QGIS,...

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

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
Numbered streets in Traverse City, Michigan
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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