Friday, September 12, 2014

Hispanic Heritage Month Map Exhibit at Ball State University Libraries

Hispanic-American Cartographic Resources Exhibit at Bracken Library

The Ball State University Libraries’ GIS Research and Map Collection (GRMC) is commemorating Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15) with a special map exhibit.  The exhibit includes maps, charts, and photographs from The Atlas of Hispanic-American History from the Atlas Collection on the second floor of Bracken Library.  Included are maps of the attack on the Alamo, the California mission system, New Spain, and styles of Latin music.  Charts and photographs also describe Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers Movement.

The exhibit is posted in the front window of the GRMC on the second floor of Bracken Library through October 15.  The Atlas of Hispanic-American History is available for circulation from the Atlas Collection.

A copy of the exhibit poster is available in the University Libraries’ Cardinal Scholar institutional repository and may be used for educational displays and research.

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

Friday, September 05, 2014

Iraq, Jamaica, Somalia, Syria, the Ukraine, and Wales Maps Available from Ball State University Libraries

Maps in the News: Iraq, Jamaica, Somalia, Syria, the Ukraine, and Wales

The Ball State University Libraries’ GIS Research and Map Collection (GRMC) provides cartographic resources for research and learning.  In fact the GRMC houses 140,000 maps and atlases of locations around the world, including global “hot spots” in the news.

The first map above (click to enlarge) is a portion of a road map of the United Kingdom available from the GRMC.  The map shows the locations of the NATO Summit in Newport and Cardiff, Wales.  President Obama is attending this meeting of world leaders—the largest gathering of international leaders ever to take place in Great Britain.

The second map was provided by the Institute for the Study of War.  The map shows the presence of the Islamic State (Isis) marked in red from Syria through Iraq.  The northwestern region of Syria is identified on the map as the region in which journalist James Foley was kidnapped in 2012.  U.S. airstrike targets are shown as of August 2014.

The next map is from the GRMC and was published by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency showing the regions of dispute in the country of Somalia.  Somaliland and Puntland are not recognized and are self-declared autonomous regions. 

The map of Ukraine was published on the ReliefWeb Web page.  The map shows the rebel-held areas of eastern Ukraine.  The map identifies the number and locations of people displaced (IDP’s=internally displaced population) by the fighting in the country and the number of people seeking asylum as of September 1, 2014.

The last map is a Central Intelligence Agency map of Jamaica from the GRMC.  The map shows the parish boundaries, railroads, important roads, and cities.

The most updated Central Intelligence Agency maps are available from the Digital Media Repository from the Maps of the World collection.

For more information about cartographic resources from the GRMC, please call 765-285-1097.

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Teachers' Resources Available from Ball State University Libraries

Back-to-School:  Educational Resources Available from Ball State University Libraries

Students, faculty, and other educators can access important classroom resources like maps, lessons, and learning games created by the Ball State University Libraries’ GIS Research and Map Collection (GRMC) from the Cardinal Scholar institutional repository.  Cardinal Scholar allows users to access the valuable resources from any location around the world with Web availability.

Teachers and student-teachers can find numerous custom maps, games, posters, lesson plans, map worksheets and activities, cartographic tutorials, and other resources in Cardinal Scholar.  These classroom resources were developed specifically for K-12 teachers to use and share.

Teachers and students from around the world have used the GRMC teaching and learning resources accessible through Cardinal Scholar.  A student-teacher from Shenandoah Elementary School (Middletown, Indiana) used posters featuring maps and photographs from every modern war to create a Veterans Day exhibit at her school.  Student-teacher Kevin Ginder created a bulletin board at Mount Comfort Elementary School (Mount Comfort, Indiana) using maps from Cardinal Scholar.

Kate Sutter, social studies teacher at Lebanon (Missouri) High School, displayed the Black Diamonds: Negro League Baseball map in her classroom (above, click to enlarge).  A Black History Month maps presentation from the Cornerstone Center for the Arts class and Black History Month map posters are also available from Cardinal Scholar.

Danielle Boultinghouse accessed many of the GRMC resources for her lessons while teaching at an urban school in Indianapolis.  “I used map posters of Australia during a weeklong unit.  The students loved the maps and being able to learn about a faraway place.  I also used the Ball State Cardinal Life board game in a lesson about college and used maps to teach about using scale and determining distance for math class.”  Many of the games and lessons are adaptable to use with iPads and other classroom technology.

Chelsea Wappes used Cardinal Scholar while teaching in Fort Wayne and said “Map resources are a fabulous tool for teachers.”  A graduate student studying in England used some of the cartographic tutorials available from Cardinal Scholar to teach students about how to read topographic maps.

James Carson, County Wicklow, Ireland, learned about a Jane Austen literary map available from the GRMC after using the Guide to Cartographic Resources for English/Literature in Cardinal Scholar. A guide to cartographic resources about women’s history is also available, and the GRMC created a series of custom maps about women’s issues called Women in the World now available from Cardinal Scholar, including maps about female heads of state, breast cancer (above), and even Miss Universe winners.

Ball State University students volunteering with College Mentors for Kids use map games for after-school activities with elementary students.  Russia Clue and Canada Clue are a popular twist from the original Clue board game featuring famous people, cultural objects, and the provinces of Canada or the former nations of the Soviet Union instead of suspects, weapons, and rooms.

The Rinker Center for International Programs displays the country map posters (Russia, above) from Cardinal Scholar for the weekly Culture Exchange programs.  These posters include a map of the country with photographs from National Geographic magazine and atlases from the Bracken Library Atlas Collection.

To find all of the available resources from the GRMC, click on “Communities and Collections” on the left side of the main Cardinal Scholar page.  Scroll down to the Information Technology section, and the GRMC will be listed under University Libraries.  On the GRMC page, click on “browse by title” in the middle of the page.  This lists all the resources in the collection.  For a more specific search, type in a subject such as “Africa” or “map game.”  Users can click on the title of the resource and save it for use in papers, presentations, classroom activities, or other research or print any of the games and maps.  (The GRMC has two large-format printers available for the Ball State University community).  And check the repository frequently because the GRMC adds resources every week.

For more information about using Cardinal Scholar for research and learning, please contact the GRMC at 765-285-1097.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Ball State University 2014 Football Opponents Map

Gridiron Geography:  Ball State University Football Opponents Map

The Ball State University Libraries’ GIS Research and Map Collection (GRMC) created a map showing the locations of the schools the university’s football team will play during the 2014 season.  The first football game is at home in Scheumann Stadium at 2:00 tomorrow versus Colgate University from Hamilton, New York.  The Cardinals will travel west to the University of Iowa next week and east to the University of Massachusetts in November.

A copy of the map is available from the University Libraries’ Cardinal Scholar.

GIS Research and Map Collection Closed for Labor Day

Census Atlas of the United States

The Ball State University Libraries’ GIS Research and Map Collection (GRMC) will be closed on Monday, September 1 for Labor Day.  The GRMC will reopen on Tuesday, September 2 at 8:00 a.m.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Women's Suffrage Maps Available from Ball State University Libraries

Mapping Women’s Suffrage:  Maps from Ball State University Libraries Show History of Voting Rights

On August 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, guaranteeing women the right to vote.  Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton drafted and introduced the amendment in 1878.  Congress finally proposed the amendment in June 1919 and submitted it to the states for ratification, finally passing with the vote of Tennessee.

Maps from the GIS Research and Map Collection (GRMC) show some of the history related to women’s suffrage.  The top map (click to enlarge) shows where women were allowed to vote before the 19th Amendment.  As territories in the West were included in the nation, many allowed women the right to vote.  Women were allowed to vote in primaries in Texas and Arkansas.  Women were allowed to vote in presidential elections in many of the Midwestern states and Tennessee and Maine.

The second map shows exactly how Congressmen in the House of Representatives voted either for or against the amendment.  Large areas of the South (along with New York City, Philadelphia, and Detroit) voted against the 19th Amendment.  The map is from the atlas Mapping America’s Past by Henry Holt available from the GRMC.  The atlas was published in 1996 and includes maps about major historical events.

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

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Mental Health Maps Available from Ball State University Libraries

Maps Depicting World Suicide Rates Available from Ball State University Libraries

The Ball State University Libraries’ Atlas Collection on the second floor of Bracken Library offers more than 3,000 volumes for research and learning.  The most common type of atlas is a road or street atlas, and the collection includes many covering cities, states, and countries from around the world. 

However, many of the atlases are thematic and cover a multitude of current issues:  Atlas of Health, Atlas of Tobacco, Atlas of Religion, World Atlas of Great Apes and Their Conservation, and even Global Surfari: The Complete Atlas for the Serious Surfer are available in the collection.

The State of the World Atlas by Dan Smith was published in 2012 and includes maps describing ethnicity, education, environmental issues, war and military, and health and quality of life.  Several copies of this atlas are available in the Atlas Collection or on reserve from the GIS Research and Map Collection.  The maps from the atlas can be easily scanned and used for class papers and presentations or other research.

The atlas features information about mental health and suicide rates based on the latest data from the World Health Organization.  According to the atlas “about 800,000 people take their own lives each year, and this is the third-leading cause of death among young people.”  Mental illness is a neglected issue in care, research, and prevention around the world, and “worldwide about 450 million people suffer mental and behavioral disorders.”

The map above (click to enlarge) shows the suicide rates of women and men around the world based on 2009 data (note that some countries have no data on this issue).  The map shows high rates in Russia, Eastern Europe, and Asia for men and East Asia and some Eastern European countries for women.  Included on the map is the statistic that “someone commits suicide every 40 seconds” somewhere in the world. 

The second map, “Mental-health resources” shows the median number of psychiatric beds in general hospitals per one million people based on 2011 data from the World Health Organization.  Europe has the highest number by far while the rest of the world offers from five to thirteen.  And the map includes the statistics that “half the world’s population has access to only one psychiatrist per 200,000 people.”

For more information about using atlases for research and learning and maps as visual aids, please contact the GIS Research and Map Collection at 765-285-1097.

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Watergate 40th Anniversary

Watergate Maps from Ball State University Libraries

Saturday, August 9 marks the 40th anniversary of the resignation of President Richard Nixon following the Watergate scandal.  The Watergate complex of buildings at the center of the scandal is now listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and is located in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood of Washington, D.C.

The maps above (click to enlarge) from the Ball State University Libraries’ GIS Research and Map Collection (GRMC) show the buildings located on the Potomac River just across from Theodore Roosevelt Island.  The top map is A U.S. Geological Survey topographic map of Washington, D.C. published in 1980.  The Watergate buildings are colored purple and black, and the neighboring Kennedy Center is shown in purple hatches.  The purple color denotes structures that were built since the previous topographic map was published in 1965.  (The purple hatches indicate that the Kennedy Center was under construction when surveyed).

The second map was published by Esso in 1969 and shows only the Watergate Hotel.  The pictorial maps of Washington were published in 1992 and 1996.  The next map was published by National Geographic in 2000 and shows one of the ownership changes of the Watergate Hotel and the addition of new memorials near the Reflecting Pool.  And the aerial map of Washington was published in 2010.

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