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Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 2:52pm Categories: Uncategorized

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.

Friday, October 21, 2011 - 1:31pm Categories: Uncategorized

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.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 6:21pm Categories: Uncategorized

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.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011 - 8:14pm Categories: Uncategorized

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.

Friday, April 1, 2011 - 5:38pm Categories: Uncategorized

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.

Thursday, September 23, 2010 - 10:19pm Categories: Uncategorized

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.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010 - 6:35pm Categories: Uncategorized

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.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010 - 7:53pm Categories: Uncategorized

Exhibit on 4 West, Main Library

Now through Summer 2010

Thursday, December 10, 2009 - 8:01pm Categories: Uncategorized

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.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009 - 8:38pm Categories: Uncategorized

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.

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