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German Michigan
September 17, 2018 - 8:36:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Map Library   Categories: Collections

In 1860, one-quarter of the foreign-born population in Michigan was from Germany.  These two maps of Michigan appeared in two popular German-made atlases, made when many western Europeans were immigrating to the United States.  

‘Nordlicher Theil’ shows us the entire journey immigrants could take from New York, up the Hudson River, along the newly-built Erie Canal and through the Great Lakes to Michigan.

Thirty years later, the atlas containing Neueste Karte was referred to as “Rolls Royce” of nineteenth century atlases.  However we can see that the geography of Michigan is...

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On Display This Week: The Birth of a Myth
September 10, 2018 - 8:55:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Map Library   Categories: Collections
The Birth of a Myth
Note: The following maps will be on display in the MSU Map Library the week of September 10, 2018. They were both generous gifts of Ron Dietz.

The French were enjoying the pinnacle of their influence in the Great Lakes when this map was published. It illustrated Charlevoix’ history and travel journal which saw wide distribution and many printings. Mapmaker Nicholas Bellin’s work was highly regarded and so this map helped shape many people’s perceptions of the region. In many ways it was a great improvement in Great Lakes mapping.

Michiganders, however, can’t fail...

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The New Digital Economy
September 10, 2018 - 8:54:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Business Library News   Categories: Uncategorized
Big Data

The emergence and rise of the internet and adaptive technologies have dramatically changed the environment in which businesses and consumers coexist. This year’s undergraduate initiatives at the Broad College will largely revolve around supporting initiatives which prepare students for the new digital economy.

“By 2020, the number of devices connected to the internet could surpass 50 billion. That’s seven devices for every human."– Bertelsmann Foundation

“In 2015, worldwide 12 zetabytes of data was created globally. The number is forecast to reach 163 zetabytes in 2025.”–...

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“The most magnificent work of its kind ever produced” --Sotheby’s
August 31, 2018 - 3:57:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Map Library   Categories: Collections

Joan Blaeu, like his father before him, was the official cartographer to the Dutch East India Company. This affiliation brought his mapmaking firm advantageous intelligence on the far eastern lands due to the Dutch monopoly on the spice trade.

Atlas Maior was the culmination of more than 60 years of work. The House of Blaeu published several atlases since the founding of the firm in 1596, including Het Licht der Zeevaert, Theatre du Monde ou Nouvel Atlas, and Theatrum Orbis Terrarum.

When this atlas was released in 1665 in multiple volumes, it was the most expensive published...

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Cliff Haka Retires After 21 Years as Director of Libraries
July 13, 2018 - 5:01:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: News @ MSU Libraries   Categories: Staff Feature

Cliff Haka joined MSU Libraries in 1982 as an Information Librarian and later became the Head of the Information/Reference Department from 1985-1987. He went on to become the Assistant Director for Access Services from 1987-1991 and then the Assistant Director for Administrative Services from 1991-1997 before taking on the role as Director of Libraries in 1997. 

Taking charge at a time when all campus dorms were being wired for the Internet, the Libraries were experiencing a sharp falloff in use. To counter this, Haka committed to an aggressive program to encourage students...

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We are on the move!
June 28, 2018 - 3:07:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Map Library   Categories: Events

Bob and his crew are actively moving the MSU map collection to the 2nd floor of the East Wing.  We anticipate the move completing in mid-August in time for Fall 2018 semester.  We plan to stay open during the move, just let us know what you want to find and we will track it down!

Inspiration in Unlikely Places: Making Music in Hollander MakeCentral
June 22, 2018 - 2:26:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: News @ MSU Libraries   Categories: Hollander MakeCentral

For as long as Sarah Palermo can remember, she has always been drawn to music. She started piano lessons when she was five-years-old with the support of her parents who both have an appreciation for music.

In middle school and high school, Palermo started writing and recording songs on her family computer. She credits her high school choir director for encouraging her to do arrangements which expanded her vocal and lyrical abilities.

In 2015, she graduated from Westminster Choir College with a degree in music theory and composition before attending MSU a year later to pursue...

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Summer Reading List from the Business Library
June 21, 2018 - 1:36:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: News @ MSU Libraries   Categories: Business

#1 In The Name of Gucci: A Memoir by Patricia Gucci

HD9940.I84 G8513 2016

Picked by: Andrea

Rating: 7/10


This memoir by Patricia Gucci goes behind the scenes of the Gucci family and their Italian fashion empire—the love affairs, the glitz, the glam, and the madness. Patricia shares the story of her father, the late Aldo Gucci, and his secret mistress, Bruna (Patricia’s mother). Aldo didn't marry Bruna because he feared it would have jeopardized the Gucci name. Explore this story of love and the rags-to-riches tale of how Gucci...

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Summer in 3D: a weeklong series of 3D data workshops
May 08, 2018 - 2:49:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Map Library   Categories: Events

This summer we are having a week long series of 3D themed workshops! All workshops will be held in the Digital Scholarship Lab between 3:00-5:00.

Monday June 11

Intro to 3D Modeling and Printing with OnShape

Curious about how 3D printing can meet your needs? Join us to explore the history of 3D printing, the basics of hardware and software, and local resources available for design and production. In this hands-on session, participants will learn the basics of 3D modeling to design a product, for possible print at MakeCentral: Makerspace.  Participants will need a...

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Hollander MakeCentral: A Treasure Trove of Resources
April 20, 2018 - 1:24:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: News @ MSU Libraries   Categories: Hollander MakeCentral

Tucked away in the west wing on the second floor of the Main Library, nestled behind a bay of patron computers, lies the Selma D. and Stanley C. Hollander MakeCentral. A veritable treasure trove of student and patron resources, MakeCentral provides access to a wide variety of print and digital tools—everything from printers and fax machines to Microfilm readers. You can even create paperback books! Here is a comprehensive list of the resources that MakeCentral has to offer:

Print / Copy 

Is your professor a stickler for turning in hard-copy essays? Maybe you need to print...

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