Friday, September 25, 2009

Maps of Pittsburgh in Ball State University Libraries

Places in the News: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

President Barack Obama and other world leaders are attending the G-20 economic summit in Pittsburgh today. The GIS Research and Map Collection (GRMC) on the second floor of Bracken Library houses a large collection of maps and other cartographic resources on the city of Pittsburgh.

Street maps of Pittsburgh in the GRMC cover the metropolitan area, the central part of the city, and downtown. Baldwin, Bellevue, Bethel Park, Brentwood, Castle Shannon, Oakwood, and other adjoining communities are also featured on street maps of Pittsburgh. The downtown area is covered on several maps in the GRMC, including Downtown Pittsburgh: An Axonometric View of the Three Rivers City. Oblique aerial photography of the Golden Triangle and the adjacent district is also included in the Collection.

Tourist maps of the city of Pittsburgh are available in the ready-reference area of the GRMC. The Gousha recreation and shopping guide map features a directory of activities available in the city. Pittsburgh Map and Visitors’ Guide and Pittsburgh Walking Map and Guide are also excellent maps for tourists visiting the area.

The GRMC also includes maps useful for researchers, including a map showing land use and land cover in the greater Pittsburgh region. Navigation charts of the Monongahela River, the Allegheny River, and the Ohio River are also available.

Researchers studying the history of the city will find a map of Pittsburgh from 1902 in the GRMC. The map is from the Library of Congress’ American Memory Collection of Panoramic Maps, 1847-1929. View of Pittsburgh and Allegheny from 1874 offers another aerial view of the historic city.

The Atlas Collection includes a Pittsburgh streetfinder guide. Urban Atlas: Tract Data for Standard Metropolitan Statistical Areas: Pittsburgh is also available in the Atlas Collection.

Maps in the GRMC circulate for two weeks or longer. Atlases circulate for four weeks or longer.

For more information about any of these resources, please contact the GRMC at 765/285-1097 or visit Monday through Friday 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

International Center Culture Exchange Program Begins September 16

The World during Lunch Hour: International Center Culture Exchange Program Begins September 16

The Ball State University Rinker Center for International Programs will again be hosting culture exchange programs beginning today, September 16. The weekly programs are held every Wednesday from 12:00 P.M. to 1:00 P.M in the Phyllis Yuhas Room of the Student Center (Room 102).

The culture exchanges feature a student or group of students presenting information about a country. Most of the programs are led by students native to that country, and every week a different country is highlighted. The majority of the exchanges provide an overview of the country and its culture with time set aside for a question and answer session. Attendees are encouraged to bring a sack lunch.

The GIS Research and Map Collection (GRMC) on the second floor of Bracken Library will again this year be providing maps and posters about the countries for the culture exchange program. Maps, photographs and other graphics from atlases, and travel posters from the GRMC are used as a backdrop for the culture exchanges and are often referenced during the question and answer sessions.

Program schedule for the fall culture exchanges:

September 16: Belarus, Alexander Falevich
September 23: Canada, Stephanie Hedge
September 30: Ukraine, Iryna Kushnir and Larysa Maksymenko
October 7: Nepal, Ambar Rana
October 14: Ecuador trip, Field Study students
October 21: Iceland, Gunnar Ingolfsson and Bjorg Hermannsdottir
October 28: Perceptions of the Supernatural, multicultural panel
November 4: Japan, Shuichiro Nishizawa
November 11: Armenia, Tatevik Avetisyam
November 18: Turkey, student panel
November 25: Thanksgiving break
December 2: Russia, Anastasia, Goryacheva
December 9: Azerbaijan, Farana Abdullayeva

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Maps of Sierra Leone Available from Ball State University Libraries

A Long Way Gone: Maps of Sierra Leone at Ball State University Libraries

Ishmael Beah, author of this year’s Ball State University Freshman Connections book, A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, will speak tonight at 7:30 P.M. in Emens Auditorium. Beah was abducted into the civil war in Sierra Leone as a child soldier and was later rescued by UNICEF and rehabilitated.

The GIS Research and Map Collection (GRMC) on the second floor of Bracken Library has a varied collection of maps and atlases on the country of Sierra Leone. Atlas of Sierra Leone and Sierra Leone in Maps: Graphic Perspectives of a Developing Country are available in the Atlas Collection just outside the GRMC. Cultural Atlas of Africa is available in the GRMC, and includes information and maps about Africa and its civilizations.

The GRMC also has a set of topographic maps of Freetown, 1:500,000-scale topographic maps of Sierra Leone, and an Army Map Service map of Freetown from 1942. Travel maps of Sierra Leone show districts and provinces, roads and railways, and ferry routes. The Central Intelligence Agency published maps of Sierra Leone available in the GRMC showing vegetation, population, economic activity, ethnic groups, and a map showing the country’s size in comparison to South Carolina. Updated maps of the country published by the CIA in 2006 are also available. The GRMC also includes a set of land suitability maps of Sierra Leone showing areas where citrus and coffee are grown.

Maps from the GRMC circulate for two weeks or longer. Maps of Sierra Leone are not fully cataloged, so please visit the GRMC to see all of the available resources about the country.

The GRMC is open from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Monday through Friday.

Software Locator Available on Ball State University Libraries' Web Page

Finding GIS: Software Locator Available at University Libraries

Users can now find out what software is available on the public access computers throughout Bracken Library by using the new Software Locator. The Software Locator can be accessed from the Student Virtual Library page of University Libraries Web page at Software Locator can be found on the right side of the page.

To search for software installed on the University Libraries’ computers, type the first characters of the software name in the text box. Software titles that contain the characters you enter will be displayed in a drop-down list. Simply click on the correct software title. Then click the box “Find Software” to see a list of how many and the location of computers that have the specific software installed. Searches can also be limited to Windows only or Macs only by selecting the option above the text box.

The computer availability feature can be accessed by clicking on “Map” in the search results. The computer availability map allows library users to see every available computer on any floor of Bracken Library.

For more information, please contact the GRMC at 765/285-1097.

Friday, September 04, 2009

GRMC Closed on Monday, September 7

GRMC Closed for Labor Day

The GIS Research and Map Collection in Bracken Library will be closed on Monday, September 7. The GRMC will reopen at 8:00 A.M. on Tuesday.