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Thursday, August 10, 2006


Folks, I really enjoyed the presentations today and I look forward to reading some fine papers on Monday. Thanks for taking this class so seriously over the last eight weeks, and have a good rest-of-the-summer (such as it is). Cheers,


Color Printers

Heya All:

I found this webpage, which lists all the computer labs with color printers on campus. Also, by other hardware, software, etc here...

Oh yeah, and there is a map! :-)


Tuesday, August 08, 2006

In Need of a Good Map

As a Connecticut native, I have spent the evening glued to the television watching the primary results. Unfortunately, I have had no luck finding a map that shows the breakdown of the election by town. Has anyone seen anything? If so, could you please post it? I am suffering from severe election map withdrawl.

Istanbul was Constantinople...

This was an interesting piece in the NYT on Sunday about name changes. Thought I would share it with you all. I found it really interesting in India how many places had more than one name. This was sometimes a reflection of colonial rule and sometimes an insertion of independence. Nevertheless, always interesting.


Some Streets that do not work

Hey peeps,

These are the streets that did not work for me....

S Park St.
Verona Dr.
University Ave.
Tancho Dr.
Monona Dr.
Rim Rock

That's all for now


Friday, August 04, 2006

A fun Friday art "map"

If our maps for the class project don't turn out quite right, we can always convert them into art! Here's a map of neighborhood outlines in Chicago, but they are arranged in order by Alderman district numbers, rather than in spatial order. I thought it was interesting to see shapes taken partially, but not entirely out of context.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

favorite map

Having worked at the University of Wisconsin Press for three years, it was amusing to see Wiscoinsin Past and Present on our book list this summer. I was particularly interested to hear about which maps everyone found most useful. And I agree, it was difficult to choose a favorite. I think that the crux of the question really depends on the situation in which you might find yourself as a reference librarian. Who are you assisting, and what exactly do they need? This is really what hindered me most in choosing a favorite. The second thing that I had to consider in choosing was the word PRESENT in the title. It's really difficult to think of a book published in 1998 as present. Obviously the historic maps haven't changed much, but anything regarding present...which census data were they using? Probably 1990, wouldn't you think?

I think that I must choose, as my favorite, the series of maps on page 76 dealing with women's influence in Wisconsin.

Also, you have to love the blurb about women's baseball. Who knew that the record for most bases stolen was held by a woman?? I sure didn't!

To all well-wishers

Hey all,

Just wanted to let you know that after about 2 hours of fun with OCR and cutting, pasting and unmerging cells in Word and Excel, I was able to get the information of all 415 members of my group onto one spread sheet. Thanks to all who wished me well and supported my less than legal brainstorming of intentions for alternative ways of getting the info! (jokingly???)


Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Wisconsin Historical Atlas- County Boundaries

Like many others, I had difficulty picking just one map. I finally decided on "County Boundaries" (pg. 70). The county level seems to be just the right level of granularity for many purposes- much finer grained than states, but graspable with some effort in a way that municipalities might not be. This is reflected in the popularity of the county level in the presentation of GIS material- statistics of many, many sorts "fit" well onto a county map. In addition, being from Wisconsin, I've found that many people identify with their home counties, and use it as shorthand for identity. I've met many people who say "I'm from (blank), a really small town that I'm sure you don't know, but it's in Marathon County."

I went ahead...

... and copied paula. I found the environmental controversies on page 59. This is something that you would not normally find in a street atlas or in some other general atlas. I think that because we also live in a state which is more aware of the environment, this map would be more utilized here than perhaps some other states in the nation. This map not only shows big hitters as far as the environment are concerned, such as nuclear facilities, acid rain and high-level radio active waste, but it also shows dam proposals and a combination of different discharges - both sulfur dioxide and effluents - in the major industrial plants of: coal and paper, as well as an other category.

educational system maps

I chose the educational system map as the one I think it's important for libraries to know. The presence of a university or college in a particular area would likely influence the local library holdings, and also help them to better understand their patron population. Futhermore, the local library could be called upon to offer materials that are lacking in public and private school libraries, or even act as a school library if the local school doesn't have one.

WI Map

I had a very difficult time deciding which map to choose as one library professionals should know because, as someone else also stated, patrons want all kinds of information, and because much of the focus of this atlas is historical, and don't always reflect the current issues people want information on.
That said, I think the maps of the state government (page 84) and the population/congressional districts (pp. 82-3) are important for librarians to know because there are always questions about government and population, especially at the state level. The chart showing gubernatorial elections is wonderful (as is the presidential elections in WI chart on page 81).

Time Magazine Map

I just realized that I forgot to post about the map(s) I found in a recent copy of Time Magazine. Unlike most of my classmate, who mangaed to find some very interesting maps, such as the Wired Magazine map, the ones I found in Time were very disappointing. I really expected that a newsmagazine like Time would have maps that really added to the content of their articles.

I focused primarily on a series of articles on India and the development of the next world power, according to Time. Unlike the Wired map, the maps did not take the place of any text, and unlike the maps on the current war, the maps did not illustrate any information regarding important events or social events. The maps Time included to illustrate their article were a basic population map of the country, and an inset of India on a globe to show it's relative location. I was disappointed to see that these maps could easily have been left out, and it wouldn't have made a difference.

WI Altas

The map I picked as one of the most important for librarians and information professionals to understand is the 'Recent Environmental Controversies' map on page 59 in the Land and Economy section. The reason I decided on this map is because this gives insight into how the area is changing, as opposed to a selection that shows how the area has changed - which would also help to map changes up ahead. In regard to how this can change a collection, the map gives the librarian an idea of what problems or issues will be of most interest in a certain area and can then acquire information accordingly. With the big fluctuation in temperatures and global warming on everyone's mind, including Al Gore's, interest in the changing environment is increasing - or should. The text that goes with the map also helps the information professional to place the map in context: WI is a leader in environmental concerns, which means other states are worse.

Atlas Selection

In choosing one most important map for information professionals to understand, I got decreasingly practical and chose the map on page 4 showing native-held lands and trade corridors of the 1760s. It seems to be a snapshot of this era of shift--12,000 years of native habitation giving way to European influence (first their economic reach, later their settlement). Perhaps less important than the information contained in this map is the perspective it imparts: with the accompanying text, it shows that Wisconsin and its surroundings, until quite recently, were very different places.