Tuesday, April 05, 2016

National Read a Road Map Day

Road map of Dubai

Read a Map, or Get Lost:  Today is National Read a Road Map Day

Today, April 5, is “National Read a Road Map Day.”  In today’s world, most drivers use GPS technology, but the skill of reading maps can still be imperative, especially in remote parts of the world where accessing a cellular signal can be spotty.

The Ball State University Libraries’ GIS Research and Map Collection (GRMC) on the second floor of Bracken Library has thousands of historic and current road maps for cities, counties, states, and countries around the world.  Many users still like to view maps when planning trips.  Students of geography and urban planning use the maps to investigate the development of places over time.  And a history class borrowed historic road maps of the United States from the GRMC for a project studying how the interstate system was created.

Maps in the GRMC circulate for two weeks or longer.  And many are available in folded and laminated format for use on trips.

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

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