Map Library Blog
MSU affiliated library users now have access to Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, Geo Edition FOR MICHIGAN. About a year ago we purchased 12 metropolitan areas, this new purchase is of 339 places in Michigan. MSU Map Library fans might remember that we've long had the browsable Sanborn maps.
MSU Libraries subscribes to the new Simplymap 2.0 interface which includes a wizard for making easy choropleth maps on thousands of variables. Simplymap is especially strong in population, demographics, and consumer behavior data. May be exported as GIS .shp files or as data tables.
The Map Library recently acquired a gently used HP DesignJet 4500 Scanner. This roll-type scanner accepts sheets up to 42" wide (106 cm). Scan up to 508 pixels per inch, and save as JPG, TIF, or PDF onto your USB flash drive or writable CD. Only $1 per scan.
Collectors of Clason state road maps issued between 1923 and 1931 are presented with challenges around determining map publication dates. Unlike Rand McNally and Gousha, the Clason Map Company typically did not place dates or date codes on its products during this period.
Proquest Statistical Datasets (formerly Lexis Nexis Statistical Datasets) is a powerful tool purchased by MSU Libraries to provide detailed data on a wide array of subjects. It aggregates over 590 licensed and public domain datasets and makes 14 billion data points accessible.
The MSU Map Library has three new very large wall maps. The first measure in at nearly 9 feet wide and depicts the earth's physical features. It is mounted on two wooden rails and can be hung by a cord.
In 2010 MSU Libraries purchased a second Sanborn module which contains detailed historic maps of 12 major metropolitan areas in the United States (see list below). This module has better navigation and features than our Michigan module.
Exhibit on 4 West, Main Library
Now through Summer 2010
The MSU Map Library recently received a 1959 plat map of the Idlewild resort in Yates Township, Lake County, Michigan. The map delineates the boundaries and numbers for each of the thousands of lots.
After an 18-month visit to the Etherington Conservation Lab, our 1849 map of the United States and Mexico is back and up for viewing.