Friday, February 24, 2012

Maps in the News: February 2012

Syria, 1965
This map of Syria shows the location of Homs, where an American reporter was killed this week in the Syrian violence. (Click map to enlarge).

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meets with allies today at the "Friends of Syria" meeting in Tunis, Tunisia today.  Diplomats from 70 countries will pressure Syrian President Bashar al-Assad by deploying United Nations peacekeepers to the country.

Argentina's deadliest train accident occurred at a busy station in Buenos Aires. 

Smoke-Free Restaurant and Bar Sales  
The above chart shows the taxable sales at restaurants and bars in California before and after a smoke-free initiative was passed.  The chart is from the Tobacco Atlas available from the Ball State University Libraries' Atlas Collection on the second floor of Bracken Library. The Indiana legislature is currently pursuing a statewide smoking ban.

This map shows locations around the world where women do not have access to contraception. The map is from the Penguin Atlas of Women in the World available from the Atlas Collection in Bracken Library.

For more information about these maps, please contact the GIS Research and Map Collection at 765-285-1097 or email Melissa Gentry at

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Ball State University Libraries Offer Large-Format Printing and Laminating

GRMC Offers Large-Format Printing and Laminating

The GIS Research and Map Collection (GRMC) in Bracken Library is known as the campus’ go-to place for the latest GIS technology, maps, and atlases. It also is the campus place to go for large-format printing and laminating services. This is a convenient service for people needing large posters for conference or classroom presentations.

The GRMC has two large-format printer/plotters that support color printing. Rolls of paper are available in widths of 42 inches, 36 inches, and 24 inches. The paper is coated bond. The printers support PowerPoint, JPG, and PDF-format print files. Charges are based on the longest dimension, either height or width.

The GRMC also has a 40-inch laminator, which is an ideal way to preserve posters that need to be kept on display for long periods or need to be protected from damaging factors like rain or fluorescent lighting. No documents smaller than 11” x 17” or wider than 40 inches are accepted. The cost for laminating is $3 per linear foot. Turnaround time may require up to 24 hours.

Fees for printing or lamination are charged to the individual’s Bursar account. Staff and faculty may charge to a departmental account with written permission from the department chair.

The GRMC is open Monday through Friday from 8 A.M. to 5 P.M., but all print jobs must be sent by 4:00 P.M. For more information about GRMC printing and laminating services, contact Angela S. Gibson,, or call 765-285-1097.