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Kathleen Weessies Friday, August 31, 2018 - 3:57pm Categories: Collections

Joan Blaeu, like his father before him, was the official cartographer to the Dutch East India Company. This affiliation brought his mapmaking firm advantageous intelligence on the far eastern lands due to the Dutch monopoly on the spice trade.

Atlas Maior was the culmination of more than 60 years of work. The House of Blaeu published several atlases since the founding of the firm in 1596, including Het Licht der Zeevaert, Theatre du Monde ou Nouvel Atlas, and Theatrum Orbis Terrarum.

When this atlas was released in 1665 in multiple volumes, it was the most expensive published...

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Kathleen Weessies Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 3:07pm Categories: Events

Bob and his crew are actively moving the MSU map collection to the 2nd floor of the East Wing.  We anticipate the move completing in mid-August in time for Fall 2018 semester.  We plan to stay open during the move, just let us know what you want to find and we will track it down!

Amanda Tickner Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 2:49pm Categories: Events

This summer we are having a week long series of 3D themed workshops! All workshops will be held in the Digital Scholarship Lab between 3:00-5:00.

Monday June 11
Intro to 3D Modeling and Printing with OnShape

Curious about how 3D printing can meet your needs? Join us to explore the history of 3D printing, the basics of hardware and software, and local resources available for design and production. In this hands-on session, participants will learn the basics of 3D modeling to design a product, for possible print at MakeCentral: Makerspace.  Participants will need a...

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Amanda Tickner Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - 10:07am Categories: Events

We are offering five workshops this spring semester.They are free and open to anyone who wishes to attend.

If you have any questions about the workshops or topics you would be interested in seeing a workshop on please email Amanda Tickner, GIS Librarian at atickner@msu.edu


Introduction to QGIS: Make a Simple Map with Vector Data

Friday, January 19 • 3:00–4:00 pm

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Kathleen Weessies Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 9:09am Categories: Uncategorized

Michigan's 83 counties are divided into villages, townships, charter townships, and cities.  Collectively these units are known as Minor Civil Divisions.  The differences between them relate to the degree of power they have over their administrative structure, their taxing powers, territorial integrity, and authority over services (Verberg, 1990).  When it comes to matters of property taxes and voting, all state residents look to either their city or township.  A city may annex land from a general law township, but a township may not annex land from a city. The U.S. Bureau of Census...

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Amanda Tickner Monday, September 11, 2017 - 1:45pm Categories: Events
The Visualization Community Seminar Series is a place for anyone interested in visualization/data visualization to learn about emerging ideas, research and methods. Faculty, students, and community members are invited to attend sessions where an invited visualization practitioner(s) will share their research and methods. The goal of this seminar series is to build a community of practice around visualization that crosses disciplinary boundaries and techniques. Anyone with an interest in the topic of visualization is welcome and encouraged to attend! Feel free to bring your lunch. Seminars... Continue reading "Visualization Community Seminar Series"...
Kathleen Weessies Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 11:49am Categories:

During Fall Semester 2017, MSU students, faculty and staff have access to a new map database MapVault.  MapVault provides access to  maps of countries around the world.  Most maps are topographic, but it also contains some Geological, Aeronautical, Nautical, Tourist and Thematic maps. Maps are delivered as a streaming tile service either through the MapVault web application or through ArcGIS or QGIS. 

We welcome your feedback about this product, particularly concerning your anticipated use of this product, shoudl we acquire it.  Please email your feedback to Kathleen Weessies, Head...

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Amanda Tickner Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 9:25am Categories: Events

We have some new and some repeated workshops for Fall 2017! All workshops are free and open to the public. Registration is encouraged but not required.

Introduction to QGIS Make a Simple Map with Vector Data: Friday September 15th Beaumont West 3:00-4:00

Learn the basics of QGIS, the free open source geospatial software - this workshop will demonstrate how to make a choropleth (color shaded) map and place graduated symbols on it, load shapefiles and .csv table files into QGIS, join data to spatial information and edit features.
Register here.

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Kathleen Weessies Friday, June 9, 2017 - 2:47pm Categories: Uncategorized

An interactive map has been created which displays the land parcels selected by the State of Michigan under the Morrill Land Grant College Act. 

In 1863 Michigan participated in the program established by the Morrill Land Grant College Act of 1862 to establish an agricultural college using funds gained from a grant of federal lands. This map displays the 240,000 acres selected.

The legal land description of each parcel is listed in the book, The State of Michigan and the Morrill Land Grant College Act of 1862. Author Herbert Berg had obtained photocopies of the list from the...

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Kathleen Weessies Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 8:52am Categories: Uncategorized

In 1951 the State Library of Michigan, then in the Cass Building, was set on fire.  State workers rushed to save as many water logged items as possible.  In the picture above Michigan Department of Transportation workers are using irons to flatten maps.  The recovery efforts were featured in Life Magazine.

Actually, freezing waterlogged books & papers is about the best thing you can do to stop mold and disintegration until someone can deal with the items.  The fire happened during sub-freezing temperatures.  Nowadays when library items are soaked from sprinkler systems, we rent...

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