GIS Workshops at the Library

Welcome back students! This Fall Semester 2015 we have an exciting lineup of GIS and mapping workshops for you. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Comment with suggestions for future workshops!

GIS flyer Fall 2015

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ET2: Home of IU’s Student Employee of the Year!

Each Spring, the National Student Employment (NSEA) coordinates a Student Employee of the Year selection process to recognize the outstanding contributions and achievements of students who work while attending college.  Student employment offers students the ability to develop skills relevant in any career path, and better preparation for the job market upon graduation.  The IU Career Development Center (CDC) in conjunction with the NSEA designated this week (April 13-17, 2015) as National Student Employment Week.  The purpose of this week is to increase public recognition of student employment by acknowledging the contributions student workers make in the multitude of roles they fill.

ET2 would not be able to function without student workers.  I honestly believe our student workers accomplish more than the majority of students working in Public Services.

We currently employ 22 students.  We have been very fortunate to employ many of them all four years they have attended IU.  I feel privileged to have known and worked with these dedicated students.

I want to list our students here:

  • Aimi Mohd Razif
  • Dhriti Katanguri
  • Erika Hedges
  • Grace Showalter
  • Ilise Kundel
  • Ireri Perez
  • Jessica Lopez
  • Kaitlyn Treadway
  • Kaylie Qualls
  • Kevin Hoeper
  • Laura Slabaugh
  • Magen Nail Melton
  • Malissa Renno
  • Markus McClain
  • Meridith Wright
  • Ryan Randall
  • Seraphima Mixon
  • Stefani Ruzic
  • Sumant Raichur
  • Todd Goushaw
  • Varsha Vadaga
  • Wade Robbins

I especially want to recognize the contributions of the following undergraduate students during this past year:

  • Aimi Adibah Mohd Razif
  • Grace Showalter
  • Ilise Kundel
  • Kaylie Qualls
  • Kevin Hoeper
  • Malissa Renno
  • Sumant Raichur

Congratulations goes out to our own Malissa Renno, who was named IU’s Employee of the Year!

Keep up the good work, people!

~ Kimberly Horne

Malissa Renno Earns IUB Student Employee of the Year

Malissa Renno Earns IUB Student Employee of the Year

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Government Documents GONE WILD!

I realize that government information isn’t the most exciting topic for most people, but once in a while a document comes along to challenge the stuffy stereotype of the Federal Government. I bring you…

The US Forest Service Cocktail Construction Chart

cocktail chart

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Here we have blueprints for your favorite cocktails (if you’re 21+ of course) created by the Forest Service. Why does this exist? Hint: It’s not because Smokey Bear  threw a party.

Esquire has a good article on The Real Story Behind the U.S. Forest Service Cocktail Chart.

If you want to see more interesting and weird government documents, come up to the 2nd Floor of the East Tower! Of special interest is our collection of posters from the U.S. Government, as well as the United Nations. They range from warning about steroid use, to acid rain, to celebrating International Women’s Day. Some of them are currently showcased on our Earth Day display.

Poster warning about steroid use

An example from our poster collection


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Hoosier Hysteria—the local version of “March Madness”

We at ET2 are certainly not immune to the madness that happens in March, so let’s look at some basketball-related items. IU Libraries hold both some basketball-related resources you might expect & some pretty surprising ones!

Indiana Collection and Microformats

We have many more basketball-related studies from the 1950s to the 1980s than you’d imagine, from histories like James Dale Woudstra’s “The History of Men’s Basketball in the Netherlands” to Edgar Ole Larson’s “Emotional Responses of College Basketball Players” to Paul M. Maaske’s “The Effect of the Practice of Shooting at Small Baskets on the Accuracy of Shooting in Basketball.” We have these on microformats, so come use our microform readers and scanners to help you can catch up on these social, psychological, or technical aspects of the game.

Of course, we also hold many books and print materials. Here are a few you might enjoy:

Getting Open

Getting Open: The Unknown Story of Bill Garrett and the Integration of College Basketball by Tom Graham and Rachel Graham Cody. Indiana Collection copy, Public Health Library copy
Pop quiz: who is the Jackie Robinson of college basketball? This book details not only the experience of Bill Garrett, the player who broke the Big Ten’s color line, but also the roles played by his teammates, coaches, and even Herman B Wells in integrating college basketball starting here at IU.

Hall of Fame : Home of Indiana Basketball Excitement! : New Castle by the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. Indiana Collection copy
The Indiana collection holds documents of all sorts, and this one is one of the folded single sheet pamphlets you might be used to seeing in travel and tourism stands.

The Champs ’81 by Bob Hammel, Larry Crewell, and with contributions from the Herald-Telephone’s sports and photography staffs. Indiana Collection copy
Published by The Herald-Telephone and the Indiana University Press, this photo-packed book shows the 1980-81 team’s trajectory to that year’s victory.

Somebody Stole the Pea Out of My Whistle: the Golden Age of Hoosier Basketball Referees by Max Knight. Indiana Collection copy
It’s easy to overlook—or just revile—the role that referees perform in games, but this book draws from interviews with more than twenty refs who share their best stories.

Other IU Libraries Collections

Going beyond the Indiana Collection housed in ET2, the IU Libraries more generally holds quite a bit on the game. Here’s a small sampling of ones that caught our eye.

Pioneers of the Hardwood

There’s also a television version of this. Have you seen it?

Pioneers of the Hardwood : Indiana and the Birth of Professional Basketball by Todd Gould. Wells Research Collection and Wells Undergraduate Core Collection copies
The Senior Producer for public television station WFYI in Indianapolis, Indiana, Gould shows how local teams like the Indianapolis Olympians and the Fort Wayne Pistons—you probably know their later Detroit incarnation—led the way in professional basketball as we’ve come to love it.

The Little Book of Basketball Law by Melissa Altman Linsky. Law Library copy
Have you ever wondered about the legal rights of season ticket holders, or the legal implications of spectator injuries? How about whether professional basketball players have legal rights to their names? Linsky’s book covers all of these topics and more.

Basketball and Philosophy: Thinking Outside the Paint edited by Jerry L. Walls and Gregory Bassham, with a foreword by Dick Vitale. Public Health Library copy
This collection of essays covers a lot of ground from whether the decline of small-town basketball can tell us about the change in communitarian feeling to how we might confront strategic cheaters in pickup basketball games. This collection is one of few items that also has a partial focus on women’s basketball, with an essay called “She Got Game: Basketball and the Perfectly Developed Woman.”

Give and Go: Basketball as a Cultural Practice by Thomas McLaughlin. Public Health Library copy
Focusing primarily on pickup basketball, this English professor at Appalachian State University writes chapters ranging from how basketball reflects postindustrial culture to how it relates to practicing masculinity and from how basketball is represented on television and in film to how it has its own sets of ethics.

When Mexicans Could Play Ball: Basketball, Race, and Identity in San Antonio, 1928-1945 by Ignacio M. García. Online version
San Antonio’s Sidney Lanier High School basketball team, the Voks, became a two-time Texas state championship team under their head coach William Carson “Nemo” Herrera. García uses interviews, newspaper articles, and stats from the games to write what the author says is methodologically a “risky proposition for a historian.”

All the Moves: A History of College Basketball by Neil D. Isaacs. Herman B Wells Undergraduate Core Collection and Public Health Library copies
Published in 1975, this is a worthwhile book for committed basketball fans. It does make you wonder who will write the history of the following decades.

Hysteria on the Hardwood: a Narrative History of Community, Race, and Indiana’s “Basketbrawl” Tradition by Kelly R. Eskew. Online version
In addition to published documents, IUCAT also sometimes contains scholarship produced by IU graduate students. This 2012 Master’s thesis by an IUPUI History student looks at the social and historical context for the Indiana High School Athletic Association’s 1964 decision to suspend the entire Muncie Central High School athletics program for a year after a bloody brawl at the end of a basketball game.

Finding More

As you might expect, the IU library system has oodles more on basketball. The subject heading “basketball” brings up more than 1,000 items! IUCAT’s Advanced Search will let you dial in just the ones you want. For instance, if you’re looking for movies, you can look them up by format (DVD or Videocasette). If it’s raining and you don’t want to go outside, you can even look by location, such as “Bloomington RPS Libraries – Eigenmann.”

In IUCAT these are clickable links that grab more specific results from left to right!

Once you’ve found something you like, you can use that to find similar things. Near the bottom of the record you’ll see a section called “Subject headings” with a bunch of red links. Not only can you click on those, but they’re actually links that combine to narrow down in scope as you move from left to right. If you were to click on “Basketball” you’ll see all 1,061 things we currently have. When there are other words in the same line, for instance “Basketball–Rules,” you can click further to the right of the double hyphen and get just the something on that combination of subjects. If you click on “Rules” in “Basketball–Rules” you’ll currently get 27 results. Similarly, “Basketball–History” currently has 38 results, and “Basketball–Social aspects” currently has 40 results.

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Monster Map!

Hey all you folklorists, Bigfoot hunters, and people who just want to believe… we have the map for you! We recently purchased this amazing map of Monsters in America by Hog Island Press.

map of monsters in America

Image © Hog Island Press. Reproduced with permission. Map found here.

Have you ever heard of the Beast of Busco? I hadn’t, but apparently people claimed to have seen a 500 pound snapping turtle in a pond in Churubusco, Indiana (near Fort Wayne). For more information about strange creatures, myths, and oddities in Indiana come visit the Indiana Collection on the 2nd floor of the East Tower, where we have books like Oddball Indiana!

You are also welcome to stop by and view the map! If you’re interested in some of the other monsters pictured here, Frank Jacobs of Big Think’s map blog: Strange Maps, has compiled a great list of monster descriptions! Check it out at

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Google Earth Pro is now FREE!

Great news, map nerds! Google recently announced that they are making Google Earth Pro (previously costing about $400 a year) free. FREE!

The major benefits of Google Earth Pro over regular Google Earth are that it’s much easier to upload and analyze your own data, including shapefiles and GPS data. You can export and print at a higher resolution, and they’ve added the cool feature of measuring polygons (in case you want to figure out how large your neighbor’s pool is, etc).

Download Google Earth Pro to check it out!

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Free Access to New York Times

It’s the beginning of the month and you’ve already hit your 10 free article limit? Don’t panic! Now you can get free unlimited digital access to the New York Times with your IU email. Just go to to activate your account. If you need help, check out the FAQ.

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Today (Monday, December 1, 2014) is World AIDS Day

Post by Kimberly Horne

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates there are 1.2 million people in the United States living with HIV, and nearly 1 out of 7 of those people are not even aware they’re infected.  HIV is touching every region of the United States.  The rate of HIV diagnoses is highest in the South, followed by the Northeast, the West, and Midwest.  Those diagnosed with HIV tend to live in large cities: Atlanta, GA; Miami, FL; Augusta, GA; Baton Rouge, LA; New Orleans, LA; Memphis, TN; and Baltimore, MD.

Socioeconomic Factors Affecting HIV Risk:

  • Higher Rates of Male Incarceration
  • Homophobia
  • Immigration Status
  • Language Barriers
  • Poverty
  • Prevalence of HIV and other STDs in the Community
  • Stigma

Number of New HIV Infections per 100,000 Individuals:

  • Black Male               103.6
  • Hispanic Male          45.5
  • Black Female           38.1
  • White Male              15.8
  • Hispanic Female       8.0
  • White Female           1.9

24% of those initially diagnosed with HIV in 2012 also were diagnosed with AIDS.  This indicates they’d had HIV for years without knowing it.  Sadly, it also means they were diagnosed too late to benefit from life-extending prevention and treatment opportunities.

Out of the 1.2+ million people in the US with HIV:

  • 86% know they are infected
  • 40% are seeing a physician for HIV
  • 37% are receiving treatment
  • 30% have a very low amount of HIV in their bodies

Since 1985, nearly 650,000 people have died from AIDS in the U.S.  More than 13,000 people are dying every year.  Regrettably, only 30% of those infected with HIV in the US are keeping their virus under control.  When people who are infected receive the care, testing, and treatment they need, they can live healthier, longer lives, and reduce the risks of infecting others with HIV.

HIV Prevention Methods:

  • Abstinence
  • Antiretroviral medications
  • Don’t engage in risky sexual behavior
  • Don’t inject drugs, or at least use sterile syringes
  • Get tested regularly
  • Know your partner’s HIV status, and insist they get tested regularly
  • Monogamy
  • Prevention programs
  • See a doctor for care and treatment
  • STI screening and treatment
  • Substance abuse treatment
  • Use condoms – correctly







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Solar System, Comets, and Asteroid Maps

With the success of the recent European Space Agency (ESA) mission to land on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, we’ve started thinking more about the solar system and our place in it. Let’s take a look at interstellar maps!

Rosetta, Philae, and “Remarkable” Comets

The ESA launched a spacecraft with a lander—Rosetta and Philae, respectively—to Comet 67P/C-G more than 10 years before they actually made contact. In order to land on a 2-mile wide object approximately 317 million miles away, the mission needed exceptionally accurate math based on profoundly detailed maps. How advanced are our maps of the solar system? Which ones do we have access to through IU?

Broadly speaking, there are two types of maps for objects in space: ones of individual objects, and ones that show their position relative to other objects.

Maps that show relative position have been around for as long as people have drawn charts of constellations. In 1747, Emanuel Bowen mapped out “The Solar System, with the orbits of 5 remarkable comets.” His map shows the orbits of the planets out to Saturn (sorry Uranus, Neptune, and dwarf planet Pluto), plus the trajectories of 5 comets.

Central map of solar system, with three inset sphere maps

Is “remarkable” a scientific term?

Although not all the comets listed are named, Bowen includes the year of their appearance, as well as information about their distance from Earth and period if known.

Maps of individual bodies are much more recent, as the technology necessary is still advancing. In order to decide where Philae should land, ESA’s scientists started making a preliminary map of Comet 67P/C-G soon after Rosetta approached Comet 67P/C-G. This map outlines morphological regions, different portions of the object with distinct terrain such as cliffs, craters, and boulder-strewn fields.

If you’d like to see some of the process of determining this map, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has an excellent set of images with highly informative descriptions that reveals some of the modelling process as Rosetta neared Comet 67P/C-G.

To trace the circuitous route Rosetta took on its way to its interstellar rendezvous, Where is Rosetta? provides an excellent interactive map. You can rotate the view to see the comet’s orbit in three dimensions, as its flight isn’t exactly parallel to Earth’s. The map can also help you realize why Rosetta traveled 6,563,230,000 km in order to meet a comet 515,789,500 km away.

Asteroid Maps, Near and Far

Rosetta isn’t the only mission to investigate and map objects in our solar system. In 2011 and 2012, NASA’s Dawn spacecraft observed the asteroid Vesta, which lies in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. It took a team of 14 scientists about two and a half years to complete the mapping, which was based on observations made between June 2011 and September 2012. Dawn should reach Ceres, a dwarf planet in the same asteroid belt, in March 2015. Hopefully more maps will follow soon after that! Here’s a link to the article in the journal Icarus via ScienceDirect, if you want more scholarly detail than the news blurb provides.

Map outlining terrain and material of a portion of Asteroid Vesta

Geologic Map of the Av-15 Rhealsilvia Quadrangle of Asteroid Vest

Frighteningly, asteroids don’t always remain millions of miles away from Earth. Smaller bits often make contact with our planet, as this recent map of asteroids in Earth’s atmosphere between 1994 and 2013 shows A new near-Earth object enters our atmosphere about once every other week, the data show, although not all of the smallest ones are depicted on this map.

Many of these new maps will be published in the relevant journals, such as those available through ScienceDirect. You can always head to IUCAT if you’re interested in finding other types of material as well. Here’s a link to the results of a search for “solar system maps” if you want to explore more.

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Countries Awaiting U.S. Ambassadors

This has been in the news a great deal lately, so I decided to make a map. The data comes from the American Foreign Service Association  and was last updated October 24, 2014. There was also a segment on NPR’s Morning Edition a while back: “Kerry Accuses Senate of Hobbling American Diplomacy”


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