Friday, January 14, 2011

Holiday Hours in the GRMC

The GIS Research and Map Collection in Bracken Library will be closed in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day on January 17, 2011. The GRMC will reopen at 8:00 Tuesday, January 18.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Sudan Maps Available from Ball State University Libraries

Maps in the News: Southern Sudan

A weeklong referendum to determine independence began on Sunday in southern Sudan. Civil wars have marked Sudan’s history for decades as Sudan’s southern region has fought against the government in the north. The oil-rich region in the south has been given a chance to vote to secede to form a new nation as a result of the 2005 US-brokered deal to end the latest civil war.

Violence broke out on Saturday along the north-south border near the region of Abyei—a disputed area. This map (click to enlarge) available from the GIS Research and Map Collection (GRMC) in Bracken Library marks the north-south border with red arrows. A blue arrow shows Abyei, which has been the site of killings in recent years. Juba, the capital of South Sudan, is also identified.

The GRMC includes several historic and current thematic maps of Sudan and detailed maps of Darfur, another disputed area of Sudan. The Map Collection includes vegetation, geological, road, and topographic maps of the country and Khartoum.

Maps of Sudan have not been cataloged, so researchers can visit or contact the GRMC to learn about the range of maps available. All maps from the GRMC circulate for two weeks or longer.

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Australia Maps Available from Ball State University Libraries

Maps in the News: Queensland, Australia

Widespread flooding in Queensland and parts of New South Wales has put Australia in the world news. The map of Queensland (above) shows the areas near the city of Rockhampton and the Fitzroy River and Burnett River where some of the flooding has occurred. Ball State University Libraries’ GIS Research and Map Collection (GRMC) on the second floor of Bracken Library has a large collection of maps of Australia for researchers or others interested in the country.

The collection includes hundreds of topographic and thematic maps of the nation as a whole. Topographic maps of Australia include sets at scales of 1 to 50,000; 100,000; and 250,000. The GRMC also has ortho-photo topographic maps and aerial photography of New South Wales from as recent as 2002. A complete set of aerial photography of South Australia is also available. These maps were used by Ball State students studying at the Australia Center for the completion of class projects.

Thematic maps, including land-use maps, tourist and travel maps, and soils and vegetation maps are available for all the states and territories of Australia: Western Australia, South Australia, New South Wales, Tasmania, Queensland, Victoria, and the Northern Territory. There is also a large collection of Australia city maps, including architecture guides and city plans. The GRMC also has a set of maps called the Atlas of Australian Resources, which includes maps of mineral deposits, drainage systems, rainfall, temperatures, population density, health services, underground water, forest resources, sheep and wool, and power and fuel.

The maps of Australia have not been cataloged and will not appear in the University Libraries’ CardCat system, so please contact or visit the GRMC to see the complete collection of maps. These maps can be circulated for two weeks or longer.

The GRMC is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 to 5:00, and the phone number is 765-285-1097.