Thursday, April 10, 2014

Speaker from The Polis Center at Ball State University Libraries




GIS Speaker at Ball State University Libraries

The Ball State University Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Knowledge Group is hosting a speaker at Bracken Library at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 17.  Dr. David Bodenhamer will present From Historical GIS to Deep Mapping:  The Emergence of Spatial Humanities in Bracken Library room 104.

Dr. Bodenhamer is the Executive Director of The Polis Center and Professor in the Department of History at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis.  He has served as strategic and organizational consultant to universities, government agencies, and not-for-profit and faith-based organizations across the United States and in Europe.  An active researcher, Bodenhamer is author or editor of ten books and has published over 30 journal articles and book chapters.  He has presented to audiences on four continents ranging from legal and constitutional history to the use of GIS and advanced information technologies in academic and community-based research.

Bodenhamer’s works include The Spatial Humanities: GIS and the Future of Humanities Scholarship (Indiana University Press, 2010) and the forthcoming book Deep Maps and Spatial Narratives (Indiana University Press, 2014).

The Polis Center is a self-funded research unit of the Indiana University School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI. The Center works with professional and scholarly communities, especially through application of digital technologies such as GIS and other geospatial tools.  Major efforts include projects with national and state departments of homeland security, public health organizations, and research centers.

The presentation is free and open to the public.  Free parking is available in the Emens Parking Garage next to Bracken Library after 7:00 p.m.

For more information about the program, please contact Angela Gibson, GIS Specialist in the GIS Research and Map Collection at 765-285-1097.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Appomattox, Virginia Topographic Map Shows Site of Civil War Surrender






Appomattox on the Map: Map of the Site of the Civil War Surrender Available from Ball State University Libraries

On April 9, 1865 General Robert E. Lee surrendered to Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant at the home of Wilmer and Virginia McLean near Appomattox, Virginia.  The house is now included in the Appomattox Court House National Historic Park. 

The McLean House is identified on this U.S. Geological Survey topographic map (above, click to enlarge) from the Ball State University Libraries’ GIS Research and Map Collection (GRMC).  The GRMC houses thousands of these quadrant maps from around the United States.  These maps are an excellent resource for cartographic research and include relief lines, intermittent and permanent bodies of water, roads, government boundaries, and prominent buildings and other cultural features. Historic topographic maps and thematic maps about the Civil War are also available in the GRMC.

The second satellite image from Google Earth shows the McLean House and the surrounding buildings of the park.  The Web page, What Was There, features a photograph of the McLean House taken at the surrender that can be “faded” to see the house today.

Maps from the GRMC may be circulated for two weeks or longer.  For more information, please contact the GRMC at 765-285-1097.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Native American Documentary to Premiere in Muncie



The Lenape on the Wapahani River Documentary Premieres Saturday, April 12

A new documentary produced by students at Ball State University explores the source of names like “Muncie,” “Delaware County,” “Anderson,” and “Wapahani High School” and the interesting history of the Delaware Native Americans in Muncie, Indiana and will premiere on Saturday, April 12 at the Minnetrista Cultural Center at 1:00 p.m. 

The Lenape on the Wapahani River is the product of an immersive learning project taught by Chris Flook, Instructor in the Department of Telecommunications.  The documentary film was produced by students from the Departments of Telecommunications, Digital Storytelling, Natural Resources and Environmental Management, and Anthropology.  The project provides educational resources about the Delaware (or Lenape) Native Americans during their time in east central Indiana from the 1790’s through 1821. 

Partnering with the Delaware Tribe of Indians in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and the Conner Prairie Interactive History Park in Fishers, Indiana, the project’s documentary and associated Web page provide a rich account of the Delaware’s often overlooked experience in Indiana.

The documentary will also broadcast on WIPB-TV on the following dates and times:

·         Sunday, April 13 at 12:30 p.m.
·         Monday, April 14 at 11:30 p.m.
·         Saturday, April 19 at 11 a.m.
·         Saturday, April 26 at 11 a.m.

The project was generously funded by the Hamer and Phyllis Shafer Foundation and was supported by the Building Better Communities Fellows program.  For more information about the film, please contact Chris Flook at 765-285-1480.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

April Fools' Map Available from Ball State University Libraries




Skates or States? April Fools’ Map Activity from Ball State University Libraries

The Ball State University Libraries’ GIS Research and Map Collection (GRMC) creates custom cartographic resources for K-12 classroom teachers, including lesson plans, cartographic games, tutorials, and custom maps like the April Fools’ Map (above, click to enlarge).  Teachers can access the Cardinal Scholar institutional repository to print off and use many of these available resources from the GRMC for education and learning.

To find all of the available resources in Cardinal Scholar, click on “Browse by Communities and Collections.”  Scroll down to the Information Technology section:  The GRMC will be listed under “University Libraries.”  From the GRMC page, click on “browse by title.”  A list of resources including maps, posters, lesson plan ideas, and classroom activities will appear.  A search by subject or keyword is also available.  The GRMC is constantly updating the educational resources, so check for new additions from time to time.

Teachers can click on the title of the resource and save it for use in the classroom.  The lessons range in scope and grade level.  A lesson plan guide, Teaching with Maps, provides sample maps and lessons for teachers of social studies, science, English, and economics.  Other guides available from Cardinal Scholar including cartographic guides on women’s history, Black history, using Sanborn insurance maps in the history classroom, maps and map projections, and genealogy resources.

The April Fools’ map features labels of cities, states, lakes, crops, abbreviations, and mottoes that are incorrectly placed around the United States.  The map provides a good review of basic United States geography, and an answer sheet is included in the PDF file on Cardinal Scholar.

For more information about using Cardinal Scholar or any of the teaching materials, please contact the GRMC at 765-285-1097.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Baseball Maps Available from Ball State University Libraries








Opening Day: Baseball Maps Available from Ball State University Libraries

It’s Opening Day at ballparks around the country, and the Ball State University Libraries’ GIS Research and Map Collection (GRMC) offers baseball fans and others a glimpse at some baseball-related maps.

The GRMC includes a travel map locating all of the Major League Baseball stadiums.  The map also includes contact information for every major league, minor league, and independent professional baseball team in the U.S. and Canada.  

The Atlas of Sport available in the Atlas Collection features maps on the “American game,” including the map shown above (click to enlarge) depicting the number of high-school boys playing baseball in school leagues, with Iowa (site of Field of Dreams) leading the nation.

The GRMC has also created custom maps related to the history of baseball.  Black Diamonds: Negro League Baseball Teams, 1920-1949, (shown above) was created in association with the documentary Black Baseball in Indiana, a film created as an immersive learning project by students of Geralyn Strecker, Assistant Professor in the Department of English.  This map shows the location of the Negro League teams in the United States.  Photographs featured on the map are from the book Playing America’s Game by Michael L. Cooper.  The map is available for use from the CardinalScholar repository.  Copies of the map can be printed on the large-format plotter in the GRMC (charged to Bursar’s account) for exhibits, for use in the classroom, or personal use.


Another map, The Girls of Summer: All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Teams, 1943-1954, (click to enlarge above) commemorates the women who played professionally beginning during World War II.  The map was created for Women’s History Month and is based on the book A Whole New Ballgame: The Story of All-American Girls Professional Baseball League by Sue Macy available from the Educational Resources Collections.  This map is also available from Cardinal Scholar.  All maps are also available via interlibrary loan. 

For more information about these or other cartographic resources, please contact the GRMC at 765-285-1097.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Oso, Washington Interactive Map



The New York Times created an interactive aerial map showing where houses and other structures were located before the landslide in Oso, Washington on Saturday.  Nearly fifty homes were located in the path of the mudslide made up of 15 million cubic yards of mud--three million dump truck loads left in the search field.  (The map above is from the British Broadcasting Corporation). 




Holy See/Vatican City Maps Available from Ball State University Libraries







Maps in the News:  Vatican City Maps Available from Ball State University Libraries

Today marked a historic first meeting between President Barack Obama and Pope Francis in Vatican City.  Ball State University Libraries’ GIS Research and Map Collection (GRMC) on the second floor of Bracken Library features several maps of Vatican City.

Vatican City is located completely with the city of Rome, Italy, and the “popout” map of Rome is a small folded map published in 2008 that includes a map of the grounds.  A 1995 National Geographic map of Italy also features an inset map of the grounds of the Holy See. 

The top map shown above was published by the Central Intelligence Agency and shows the location of the radio station, the post office, and the Papal Printing Office.  The second map shown above is a topographic map of Rome published by the Defense Mapping Agency by the War Office in 1943.

The third map shown of the Vatican City, Citta Del Vaticano, was published by the Visceglia Geographic Institute in Italian.  St. Peter’s Square is identified as “Piazza S. Pietro” on the map, and “Giardini Vaticani” marks the location of the gardens.  “Pinacoteca” is the Art Gallery located on the grounds.

Maps from the GRMC may be circulated for two weeks or longer.  The GRMC is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 to 5:00.  


Friday, March 21, 2014

Map of Exxon Valdez Oil Spill from Ball State University Libraries


Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Map from Ball State University Libraries

Monday, March 24 marks the 25th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska.  The Valdez oil tanker ran aground in Prince William Sound, spilling millions of gallons of crude oil.  The map shows how the oil spill covered over 1,200 miles of shoreline.

The map above (click to enlarge) is from Mapping America’s Past: A Historical Atlas by Mark C. Carnes available from the Ball State University Libraries’ GIS Research and Map Collection on the second floor of Bracken Library.  This reference atlas features maps ranging from exploration, colonization, wars, and political issues to gender, ethnicity, education, religion, disease, and other demographics.  The atlas features detailed maps about the “making of Black Harlem” in New York, airports constructed by the WPA during the Great Depression, and maps of Levittown, Pennsylvania.

For more information, please contact the GRMC Monday through Friday from 8:00 to 5:00 at 765-285-1097.


Ball State University Libraries' YouTube Channel




Moving Pictures:  Ball State University Libraries’ Map Collections on YouTube

The Ball State University Libraries’ Digital Media Repository (DMR) provides online access to hundreds of digitized primary source materials, including artwork, architectural drawings, films, photographs, oral histories, and maps and atlases.  Historic maps and atlases from the GIS Research and Map Collection (GRMC) in Bracken Library can be accessed through the repository, and now can be viewed on YouTube.

The University Libraries’ YouTube channel allows users a different format for viewing some of the resources from the Digital Media Repository.  The Muncie and Delaware County Historical Maps Collection YouTube video includes historic plat maps of Muncie, maps from historic atlases, Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps dating back to the nineteenth century, and historic maps of the White River.

The Digital Media Repository provides access to several map collections:  The United States Transportation Maps collection includes historic railroad and road maps.  Ball State University Campus Maps show maps of the university dating back to the 1920’s.  American Cities Historic Maps features unique maps or urban views from 1855 through 1921.  Indiana Natural Resources Maps includes maps showing the locations of stone quarries, pipelines, and natural gas, coal, and petroleum deposits around the state.  International Historic Maps is an eclectic collection of maps from around the world, including a War Department map of Cuba published in 1911 and an 1867 map of the Ottoman Empire. Maps of the World is an excellent resource providing the most up-to-date maps of over 200 regional and national maps published by the Central Intelligence Agency.  Delaware County Aerial Plat Maps, Indiana Historic County Atlases, United States Soil Maps, and United States Topographic Maps are also available from the Digital Media Repository.

The GRMC is constantly adding resources to the DMR to enhance access to research and learning.  For more information about these collections and information about other cartographic resources, please contact the GRMC at 765-285-1097.