Map Library Blog
The Map Library has a new look, with the service counter in a new location nearer the entrance. This change is part of a sequence of events that will eventually lead to a Geospatial Technology Area directly across from the service counter.
The MSU Map Library welcomes a new A3 scanner for flatbed scanning.
The United State Geological Survey has released 2011 editions of the new "US Topo", the new generation of digital topographic maps. In October 2009, the USGS began to load US Topo maps to the USGS Store distribution point where the maps are available for free download.
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.