Friday, March 31, 2017

Play Ms. Pac-Man on Google Maps

Flashback Friday: Google Maps Offers Ms. Pac-Man on Your Phone

Google Maps users can now play the classic Ms. Pac-Man arcade game on their phones.  Download or open Google Maps on your phone, and then select the Ms. Pac-Man icon on the main screen.  The map will transform into the classic arcade game, and then just scroll up, down, left, or right.  If you’re in a rural area, you can move the map to another city with more of a detailed grid pattern.  (Warning: Paris, France is a tricky layout).

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Women's History Month Maps Available from Ball State University Libraries

Cartographic Celebration of Women’s History Month

The Ball State University Libraries’ GIS Research and Map Collection (GRMC) on the second floor of Bracken Library is celebrating Women’s History Month with a public presentation in downtown Muncie.  Mapping Notable Women around the World will be presented at the Cornerstone Center for the Arts (520 East Main Street) on Wednesday, March 29 from 6:00 to 7:00 in the Colonnade Room.

The presentation will feature maps depicting the lives of amazing women around the world and in Muncie, and women often overlooked by history books are highlighted:  A map about the life of civil rights activist Fannie Harmer (above, click to enlarge) identifies important places and events in her life.  And a map about fashion designer Ann Cole Lowe, who was the un-credited creator of Jacqueline Kennedy’s wedding gown, will be included.  Also included is the featured “Map of the Month” in the GRMC on the second floor of Bracken Library--a map about Indiana native Margaret Hamilton, who wrote the computer code for the Apollo space missions.

The presentation will also feature maps about women’s issues around the world.  Maps identifying education and employment inequality, women in government, healthcare issues, and discrimination and advancements in society will be shown.  And photographs from the Libraries’ digital archives will be incorporated.

The GRMC created a special collection of online maps for Women’s History Month available from the Libraries’ Cardinal Scholar institutional repository.  These include maps about women working in agriculture, female heads of state, women in tertiary teaching, and even the travels of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  (Type “women in the world map” in the search box to access the available cartographic resources).

The presentation is open to the public and suitable for all ages.  Free parking is available.  For more information, please contact the GRMC at 765-285-1097.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Ireland Maps Available from Ball State University Libraries

St. Patrick’s Home:  Ireland Maps in Bracken Library

The Ball State University Libraries’ GIS Research and Map Collection (GRMC) has extensive cartographic resources about Ireland.  The collection includes convenient travel maps of Dublin and other cities, geological maps of Ireland, rivers, peat maps, glacial landforms, fishing resources, and cultural maps depicting Irish family names and coats of arms.

Historical maps of Ireland are also available in the GRMC and from the Atlas Collection.  Atlas of Irish History was published by Methuen and includes maps about invasions of Ireland (above, click to enlarge), battle sites, and historic families.  Atlas of Ireland was published by the Irish National Committee for Geography.  This atlas includes maps about soils, geomorphology, flora and fauna, manufacturing, settlement and population maps, and society and culture.

The Atlas Collection on the second floor of Bracken Library also includes Atlas of the Great Irish Famine, Frommer’s Road Atlas, The Ordnance Survey Road Atlas of Ireland, Blaeu’s Atlas of England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland, and an atlas called The Hennessy Brandy Dublin Street Finder.  Atlases circulate for 28 days or longer.

The GRMC created a cartographic guide for finding resources in the Libraries.  Users can also access the Libraries’ Digital Media Repository and Cardinal Scholar for more maps of Ireland.

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