Thursday, January 12, 2017

Holiday Hours at the Ball State University Libraries


The Ball State University Libraries GIS Research and Map Collection (GRMC) will be closed on Monday, January 16 in honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.  The GRMC will reopen on Tuesday at 8:00 am.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Maps of Berlin Available from Ball State University Libraries






Maps in the News:  Berlin

The Ball State University Libraries’ GIS Research and Map Collection (GRMC) on the second floor of Bracken Library houses a collection of over 140,000 maps, atlases, gazetteers, and other cartographic resources.  The GRMC includes historic and modern maps of cities and countries around the world, including Berlin, Germany.

Handy laminated tourist maps of the city are available for circulation from the GRMC, including the National Geographic Destination Map of Berlin (top map above, click to enlarge). The map shows the location of the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church (Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedachtniskirche) next to the site of the truck attack at a Christmas market on December 19.

The GRMC also includes historic maps of Berlin from World War II.  The U.S. Office of Strategic Services (OSS) published city plans of Berlin in 1943.  The middle map above is a map of the district boundaries of Berlin published by the OSS in 1943 based on a provisional map from 1938.  The GRMC also has maps from the War Office in Great Britain dating back to World War II.

The Collection also includes maps that depict the city separately as East Berlin and West Berlin.  The bottom map is East Berlin published in 1972.  The pale red outline identifies the location of the Berlin Wall.  On the legend of the map, the wall is labelled only “State boundary.”  The legend of the map is published in German, Russian, French, and English.  The popular Brandenburg Gate is labelled as “Brandenburger Tor” just along the Berlin Wall.

Maps from the GRMC circulate for two weeks or longer.  For more information about the unique cartographic resources at Ball State University Libraries, please contact the GRMC at 765-285-1097.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Holiday Hours in the GIS Research and Map Collection


“Yes the library is open over the semester break.”

The Ball State University Libraries’ GIS Research and Map Collection (GRMC) will be open regular hours from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm today, December 19, through December 22.  The GRMC will open at 8:00 am on Friday, December 23 and close at 3:00 pm.

The GRMC will be closed on Monday, December 26, and Tuesday, December 27; it opens for regular hours 8:00 am to 5:00 pm on Wednesday and Thursday.  The GRMC closes again at 3:00 pm on Friday, December 30.  The GRMC will be closed on Monday, January 2, and reopen for regular hours on Tuesday, January 3 at 8:00 am.


University Libraries hours during the semester break are listed here:

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Pearl Harbor Maps Available from Ball State University Libraries



Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary in Maps

Tomorrow marks 75 years since the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, initiating the U.S. involvement in World War II.  The Ball State University Libraries’ GIS Research and Map Collection (GRMC) includes a large collection of maps of Pearl Harbor and other important places during the war.

The GRMC includes a large collection of World War II-era Army Map Service maps of strategic cities and other locations around the world that were critical in war planning.  A collection of World War II newspaper maps, World News this Week, are also available in the GRMC.

The map of Pearl Harbor (above, click to enlarge) was published by National Geographic to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the attack and is available for circulation from the GRMC.  The map includes an aerial photograph of Battleship Row and the Navy Yard taken three days after the Japanese attack.  Oil from the sunken and damaged ships can be seen streaming through the harbor.  The map details what happened to each of the battleships on that day, including a description of the 1,100 lives lost on the Arizona.  The verso of the map shows the Pacific Theater of World War II.

Maps from the GRMC circulate for two weeks or longer.  For more information about using cartographic resources, please contact the GRMC at 765-285-1097.


Monday, November 28, 2016

Maps Exhibit This Thursday in Downtown Muncie




Eat, Drink, and Cartography: Celebrating “My Indiana Home” with Maps and a Wicked Book

The Ball State University Libraries’ GIS Research and Map Collection (GRMC) is coordinating an exhibit for the Muncie DWNTWN First Thursday Arts WalkThis Thursday, December 1 Twin Archer Brew Pub (117 West Charles Street) will be hosting an exhibit of maps of Indiana starting at 5:00 through 8:00 pm.  And Keith Roysdon and Douglas Walker will be signing copies of their new book, Wicked Muncie.

The map exhibit, “My Indiana Home,” features Indiana history maps created by the GRMC in celebration of the state’s Bicentennial this December 11.  The maps cover Indiana’s rich political history, women’s history, military history, music, sports, and even movies that take place in the state.  The newest map in the collection depicts the Vice Presidents from Indiana.  The collection of Indiana history maps is available in digital format in the Libraries’ Cardinal Scholar repository or may be circulated from the GRMC.  Teachers can use the maps for classroom exhibits or research, especially for fourth-grade Indiana history lessons.

Ball State University students in Dr. Hannah Barnes’ watercolor and painting class also created original maps of their interpretation of home.  The students visited the GRMC to look at all the different kinds of cartography (above) for inspiration and then painted maps of their Indiana homes.  This collection is extremely creative: One student painted a compass rose of a common Indiana insect, the cicada (above).  These maps will be included as a special collection in the Libraries’ Digital Media Repository.

The book Wicked Muncie by Keith Roysdon and Douglas Walker describes the criminal history of Muncie.  The authors explored the notorious and unusual side of Muncie’s history of crime, including murder, corruption, and illegal gambling.  Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Twin Archer Brew Pub serves all ages as a restaurant and a bar that serves craft beer.  The menu includes fresh ingredients every day.

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

Monday, November 14, 2016

Geography Awareness Week Activities at Ball State University Libraries





Geography Awareness Week Events at Ball State University Libraries

The National Geographic Society created “Geography Awareness Week” to raise awareness to a dangerous deficiency in American education in the importance of geospatial issues and their impacts on students as global citizens.  The commemoration also serves to excite people about geography as both a discipline and as a part of everyday life.

November 13-19 is “Geography Awareness Week,” and the Ball State University Libraries’ GIS Research and Map Collection (GRMC) is celebrating with special events.  GIS Day is Wednesday, November 16 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm in the Bracken Library Schwartz Digital Complex.  Attendees will be able to learn about GIS software and data resources on campus, attend brief presentations by faculty about how they use GIS in their research, and view and vote for their favorite student-created GIS research posters.

On Wednesday evening from 6:00 to 7:00 pm geography and history fans can attend a special class about Indiana history at the Cornerstone Center for the Arts (520 East Main Street) in downtown Muncie.  The class will feature custom Indiana history maps created to celebrate the state’s Bicentennial in December.  Some of the maps feature events in Indiana political history, sports history, and women’s history.  Maps about the lives of famous Hoosiers will also be shown, including Madam C.J. Walker, John Dillinger, and Marshall “Major” Taylor.

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



Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Celebrate Indiana History with Maps, Art, and a Crime Novel







Celebrating 200 Years of Indiana History Using Maps, Art, and a Wicked Book

The Ball State University Libraries GIS Research and Map Collection (GRMC) will provide a presentation celebrating the Bicentennial of Indiana on November 16 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm at the Cornerstone Center for the Arts (520 East Main Street).  This presentation will feature maps from the Map Collection in Bracken Library and will also include custom Indiana history maps created by the GRMC to commemorate the Bicentennial.

Some of the maps included in this special series describe events in the state’s political history, women’s history, civil rights history (above, click to enlarge), the automobile industry, sports, and music.  The series also includes maps featuring famous people from Indiana.  One of the newest maps created for the project details the route of a bicycle road race across Indiana won by world champion Marshall “Major” Taylor in 1895.

The maps include historic photographs from the Libraries’ Digital Media Repository.  And copies of the map may be downloaded from Cardinal Scholar.  (Just type "Indiana history map" in the search box). 

The presentation will also include maps of Indiana created by geography students in Dr. Jorn Seemann’s cartography classes.  And information about how teachers can incorporate the maps into the social studies classroom will be provided.

The maps will also be exhibited at Twin Archer Brewpub (117 West Charles Street) on December 1 as part of the Muncie Downtown First Thursday Arts Walk.  This event will also include hand-drawn maps of Indiana from the watercolor class of Dr. Hannah Barnes from the Ball State University Department of Art.  And Keith Roysdon and Douglas Walker will be signing copies of their new Muncie crime history book, Wicked Muncie.

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

GIS Day Is November 16 at Ball State University Libraries





GIS Day at Bracken Library November 16

The Ball State University Libraries will be hosting GIS Day from 1:00 to 4:00 pm on November 16 in the Schwartz Digital Complex off the lobby of Bracken Library.  The focus of this year’s event is faculty research.

At 1:00 pm Dongying Li, Instructor in the Department of Landscape Architecture, will present Grassroots Mapping and Crowdsourcing: Examining the Experiential Quality of Urban Space. 

At 1:25 pm Dr. Chad Kinsella, Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science, will present Geographic Polarization.

At 1:50 pm Kevin Nolan and Christine Thompson of the Applied Anthropology Lab, will present GIS Applied to Anthropology: Use of Spatial Analysis in the Applied Anthropology Lab.

At 2:15 pm Dr. Jorn Seemann, Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography, will provide details about the Delaware County BIG Map Project for the Indiana Bicentennial Celebration.

At 3:00 pm Dr. Jim Connolly, Director of the Middletown Center and Professor in the Department of History, and Dr. Doug Seefeldt, Assistant Professor in the Department of History, will present a session on the Ball State University Digital Scholarship Lab.

A GIS student poster competition will be included in the events.  Posters will be displayed in the Schwartz Digital Complex Lobby.  Awards for the posters will be announced at 2:30 pm.


GIS Day is sponsored by the Ball State University GIS Knowledge Group in coordination with SPA Research Week.  For more information, please contact Angela Gibson in the GIS Research and Map Collection (GRMC) at 765-285-1097.