Friday, January 25, 2013

Libya, Algeria, Mali, and North Korea Maps Available from Ball State University Libraries

Maps in the News:  Libya, Algeria, Mali, and North Korea

News this week has been focused on the new terror threats in Mali and Algeria, coverage of the Congressional hearings on Benghazi, Libya, and missile testing in North Korea.  The Ball State University Libraries’ GIS Research and Map Collection (GRMC) on the second floor of Bracken Library includes thousands of historic and modern maps of places around the world.  The most up-to-date maps of countries around the world are published by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and the GRMC includes hundreds of political and physical maps in this collection.

The collection of CIA maps is also available online in the Digital Media Repository.  The Ball State University Libraries’ Digital Media Repository  provides online access to a variety of primary source materials including photographs, oral history interviews, film footage, and cartographic resources.  This collection, Maps of the World, provides digital maps of nearly 200 regional and national maps.  These public domain maps reflect the most current changes in national borders and territories.

This collection of current maps of the world provides an excellent resource for research and for use in the classroom.  The maps are clear and easy to read can be conveniently downloaded for use as a visual aid in papers and presentations.

For more information, contact John B. Straw, Assistant Dean for Digital Initiatives and Special Collections, at 765-285-5078.  Contact the GRMC at 765-285-1097.  

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