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New Books
October 18, 2016 - 10:59:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Gull Lake Library New Books   Categories: News and Events

Closs. Conservation of freshwater fishes. Cambridge University Press, ©2016. Call Number: QL 624 .C658 2016  

Molles. Ecology: Concepts and Applications. McGraw-Hill Education, ©2016  Call Number: QH 541 .M553 2016

Field & Davies. Biocode: The New Age Of Genomics. Oxford University Press, ©2015.  Call Number: QH 447 .F54 2015 c.2

Monibot. Feral: Rewilding The Land, The Sea, And Human Life. University of Chicago Press, ©2014.  Call Number:QL 83.4 .M66 2014 c.2

Strobel. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Nova Publishers, ©2014  Call Number: QH 541.15 .R45...

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Fictitious Ionia
October 04, 2016 - 1:29:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Map Library

Ionia, Ionia County, Michigan Terr’y. Published by Pendletons Lithography in Boston in 1835, probably for Nathaniel Brown.


This map shows a thriving town site.  The only problem was that it was a complete fiction.  The real Ionia, Michigan, Seat of Ionia County, had been placed two miles west of this site in 1833.

At the time the map was made in 1835, half of the square-mile section had been purchased by Chicago-based land speculator Nathaniel Brown.  The other half was still owned by the Federal Government.  Brown had the idea of a sawmill anchoring a community that...

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Fall 2016 Workshops
August 25, 2016 - 10:18:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Map Library   Categories: Events
We have many fun and useful workshops including GIS workshops and non-GIS workshops scheduled for Fall!


Map reading/navigation workshop 9/19

Aerial photography with kites 9/27

QGIS Workshop 1  Introduction to QGIS: Vector Data 10/3

QGIS Workshop 2: Georeferencing 10/10

QGIS Workshop at the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station 10/8

Geocoding 10/24

3D Printing Terrain Maps (part of GIS Week!) 11/15


Map reading/navigation workshop

Location:  Map Library CTL and Outdoors

9/19/2016 3:30:00- 4:30:00 PM

No Cell signal!?...

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What is the natural vegetation in your neighborhood?
August 09, 2016 - 11:01:00 am (America/Detroit)
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Beginning in the nineteenth century, immigrants to Michigan massively changed the landscape through logging, farming, draining wetlands, building roads, cities, and planting managed landscapes.  Prior to that Native Americans used fire and other methods to alter the landscape, though on a much smaller scale.  When you stand in your front yard, the 'natural' vegetation you see is likely quite different from what stood in 1800 especially if you live in the southern part of the state.  So what kinds of trees or other landcover naturally grew in your area long ago?  A group of scholars teamed...

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Michigan GIS Users Meeting
July 13, 2016 - 8:11:00 am (America/Detroit)
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Statewide Michigan GIS Users meeting at the MSU Main Library

The Statewide GIS User Group provides bimonthly networking and educational opportunities for GIS professionals across Michigan. The meetings are open to everyone from students through seasoned professionals and feature a range of technical and non-technical topics.

The next meeting is Thursday, August 4, 2016 at the MSU Main Library.  We will be offering a remote conferencing option using our campus site license to zoom.us for the morning session only starting at 10:00am.  You may connect audio-only using a phone or may...

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Mormonism and Michigan's County Formation
June 29, 2016 - 3:00:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Map Library
Image of Manitou County from "Map of the State of Michigan and the Surrounding Country," Exhibiting the Sections and the Latest Surveys.  By John Farmer. Published in Detroit in 1855.

From 1850-1856, James Jesse Strang (image below) lived on Beaver Island as a self-appointed king among the Mormon adherents who declared allegiance to him after the death of Joseph Smith.  Strang commanded a loyal following from his congregants but it often brought the Strangite Mormons into conflict with the judiciary in Mackinac.  These disagreements drove the Mormons to seek local and state political office and culminated in the election of Strang as a state legislator.  It was through this office that Strang would seek to change the fortunes of his community and alter the geography of...

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New Books
June 14, 2016 - 2:31:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Gull Lake Library New Books   Categories: News and Events

Few. Now you see it : simple visualization techniques for quantitative analysis. Analytics Press © 2006. Call Number: TK 7882.I6 F48 2009

Flora of North America Editorial Committee. Flora of North America : north of Mexico. Oxford University Press  ©1993- Call Number: QK 110 .F55 1993  v.6

Kumano. Freshwater red algae of the world. Biopress ©2002. Call Number QK 569 .R4 K86 2002

Bremer. Using R at the bench : step-by-step data analytics for biologists. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press ©2015. Call Number: QH 324.2 .B74 2015 c.2

Roskams and Rodgers. Lab ref : a...

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Learn QGIS at our Half-day Workshop
May 31, 2016 - 11:36:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Map Library

This three hour workshop gives participants the opportunity to learn QGIS, the free and open source geospatial software package. The workshop content revolves around solving a research/planning question using data about Detroit. Skills included in the workshop are making a color-shaded choropleth map, sub-setting data, using census data, geocoding within QGIS, joining datasets, creating buffers and more. If you have taken other library workshops on QGIS, this workshop will review and build on your skills.  If you are totally unfamiliar with QGIS this workshop will give you a solid ...

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Do you know where the Gast Business Library gets its name?
April 13, 2016 - 11:03:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Business Library News

William C. Gast was a compassionate businessman who believed in bringing the high ideals he lived by to the family-run business he managed for more than 40 years. A leader in the southwestern Michigan business community, Mr. Gast led his company to prosperity by following the simple tenets of life's most basic rule - treat others as you might hope to be treated.

Mr. Gast was a student at Michigan State University when, in 1925, his father called him home to help oversee the family's growing manufacturing business. Mr. Gast would eventually see the company through 40 years of...

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Geospatial Workshops, Spring 2016
March 18, 2016 - 2:20:00 pm (America/Detroit)
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We are hosting two more fun and useful workshops this semester!

Finding Geospatial Data This workshop will describe places and strategies for finding geospatial data of various types, with an emphasis on free, public resources as well as library resources. There will be time at the end to answer questions, conduct individual searches and brainstorm about individual project needs. Monday March 21st 3-4:30 PM in the Main Library 3 West No registration needed.

Create a 3D Historical Map Flythrough Using ArcScene Learn to use the ArcGIS 3D Analyst tool ArcScene to create a 3D...

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