Indiana Statewide Elections: Tuesday, November 4th

Indiana’s next statewide elections will be held on Tuesday, November 4th. For information about polling places and to confirm your registration, visit Absentee voting is also available if you will be unable to reach the polls on Election Day. Visit this page for more information on absentee voting.

Remember to bring a valid photo ID with you to polls, as Indiana Public Law 109-2005 now requires Indiana residents to present a government-issue photo ID before casting a ballot at the polls on Election Day. This page contains information on what photo IDs are acceptable. This page discusses Public Law 109-2005, which requires the BMV to issue an Indiana State ID card for free, and links to a BMV branch locator.

For more information about the positions being decided in the upcoming election, here’s the slideshow we’ve been showing in our space in Herman B Wells:

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Humanitarian Data

Welcome back, students! Today I want to share one of my favorite sources with you. It’s topical, easy to use, and of course… involves maps. The State Department’s Humanitarian Information Unit (HIU) is an inter-agency effort to provide geographic data and analysis to help organizations effectively respond to humanitarian crises around the world. The best part? They make this data free and available to the public.

The database is updated frequently, and provides data in may formats, including maps, spreadsheets, and shapefiles.


Published just 2 days ago



Make sure to explore all the different products and data they have available. Most of it is organized by region.

screenshot of HIU website

For all you GIS folks out there, HIU also has shapefiles on many areas and topics including border crossings in Syria, damaged villages in Darfur, and up to date international boundaries. It’s all available to download on their data website.

Finally, HIU supports MapGive, an open source, crowd-sourced humanitarian mapping project based on openstreetmap. Anyone can join and contribute to the map!


As always, email for more information or help finding maps and data!

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ArcGIS Available on IUanyWare

Breaking news! The wonderful people at UITS have made ArcGIS available through IUanyWare. This means that you can run ArcMap on your personal computer without having to download the software and obtain a license. Performance will vary based on internet speed and the complexity of your commands. This is a really awesome service that UITS is providing and it will allow you to use ArcMap from anywhere! Not sure if you’re ready to take the plunge into learning ArcGIS? No need to download! Just give it a whirl on IUanyWare. Are you a student with GIS assignments? Now you can do them at home!

As always, remember that ArcGIS is available on all STC computers across campus, including the public computers in GIMMS on the 2nd floor of the East Tower.

If you’re an IU affiliated person and need to request a full version of ArcGIS for your personal computer, email

For other GIS help, email me at

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Israel, Palestine, and Library Resources

Are you confused by the current events in Israel and Palestine? Want to learn more? Here are some resources related to Government Information and Maps that may help.


The Digital National Security Archive is a great database for declassified U.S. government documents. Many are related to the conflict. (IU Affiliated access only)

The Declassified Documents Reference System, or DDRS is another database for finding U.S. Documents. (IU Affiliated access only)

The CIA World Factbook entry on Israel has some maps and gives good background information, as well as demographics and economic information for Israel. They also have World Factbook entries for Gaza and The West Bank.


The Map Collection here at IU has many relevant maps, including…

The BBC has a pretty good collection of maps that attempt to explain the conflict.

The David Rumsey Collection is another of my favorite sources for historic maps.

San Francisco Examiner Map of Palestine

As always, email for more information.





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Brazil and the 2014 World Cup… and maps!

Economics of the World Cup

If you’re following the World Cup, or even just the news, you’ve probably heard a lot about protests in Brazil and the cost of building the world cup stadiums. I put together a map showing the GDP per capita of Brazilian states and the location of the stadiums.


The Economist also has a great series of maps that compares each Brazilian state to an equivalent country based on GDP, GDP per person, or population. The Economist explains,

AS FOOTBALLERS and fans descend on Brazil for the World Cup kick-off on June 12th in São Paulo, they will find themselves in not one country but many. As our interactive map shows, Brazilian states’ economies, population and GDP per person vary wildly. The biggest state, São Paulo, has the population of Argentina and an economy the size of Turkey’s. At the other end of the scale, Roraima has barely more people than Malta and the economic output of Mauritania.
When Brazil last hosted the World Cup in 1950 half of its states were more destitute than present-day India. The poorest, Piauí and Maranhão, are now more like Jordan. But that is still a long way from the wealthiest state, around the capital, Brasília, which enjoys an Italian standard of living.

 You can view their maps and the full article at:

For more information about the economics of the 2014 World Cup, Goldman Sachs and Ernst & Young both put out reports highlighting different social and economics impacts that hosting the World Cup has had on Brazil.

FIFA has an official response to many of the criticisms leveled at the 2014 World Cup and its expense.

Declassified Documents

On a related note, Vice President Joe Biden visited Brazil for the World Cup, and while there he met with the Brazilian President, Dilma Rousseff. Vice President Biden handed over several recently declassified U.S. Documents that pertained to the military dictatorship in Brazil from 1964 – 1985. According to Biden, it is the administration’s hope that these U.S. documents will aid the Brazilian Truth Commission in understanding events that took place during the dictatorship. Check out the National Security Archive’s blog for more information and to read some of the documents. 

The World Cup in the Wells Library

The Government Information, Maps, & Microforms department in the Wells Library has materials related to the World Cup as well! Stop by to check out the collection.

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D-Day June 6, 1944

Last night I watched WTIU’s broadcast of Exploring the relics on the sea floor near Normandy, France. It addressed the types of landing craft that was used on D-Day, Operation Overlord, during World War II.  A friend just mentioned D-day during lunch so the day seems to be on people’s mind.  We have some wonderful resources to explore the history and details of D-Day but perhaps my favorite is the War Department’s Newsmap dated June 5, 1944.

news map

Or the later one: June 19, 1944

news maps

Of course seeing the original is the best (ask staff in Wells Library East Tower 2) but thanks to the University of North Texas everyone can view these online at:  or view our page at: which provides a list and links to online views.

For other resources, consult various papers IUB has from President Roosevelt (including the Map room files of President Roosevelt, 1939-1945 D769 .M5 1994 Guide Wells Library – EastTower2 – Microforms – Reference), histories prepared by the U.S. Army in The U.S. Army in World War II  and watch the dvds of World War II films prepared by the Signal Corps (D743 .W674 2007 v.16 Wells Library – Media Services – DVDs) or watch the newsreels (PN4784.M6 N4774 2004 Wells Library – Media Services – DVDs).

 military graveyard

Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial established by the U.S. First Army on June 8, 1944 and the first American cemetery on European soil in World War II.

Submitted Lou Malcomb June 5, 2014

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We’re Here for You – Wherever You Are

Taking an online class this summer? Working on a dissertation?  Just generally curious?  Well, you may not be on campus this summer, but you can still access a ton of useful online resources through the Libraries’ website.  You just need a CAS login to access most sites, although many are available to the general public.  Not only does the Libraries’ website give you access to databases & resources, but it’s also full of links & information on nearly any subject you need.  The IU Libraries offer lists of new resources, resources A-Z, resources by subject, resources for your class, & top recommended resources.  You can find art, articles, books, electronic resource trials, maps, music, online full-text journals, videos, etc.  If you can’t find it, just try the Ask a Librarian link.  At ET2, we’re always here for you, so if you have any questions about these or any other resources, please just send us an e-mail (!

 Take a Break with Resources

Resources are just for research – right?  Wrong!  You can find really interesting things in the IU Library’s resources!  Here are just a few examples:

  • Alexander Street Press: Award-winning online collections & videos including athletic training, independent feature & short films, Meet the Press, operas, plays, & more.
  • Met Opera on Demand: 450+ extraordinary Metropolitan Opera performances available at your fingers.
  • Naxos Music Library: Streaming access to 96,200+ CDs from Blues to the Spoken Word.  More than 800 new CDs are added monthly.
  • Televised Opera & Musical Comedy Database: 50+ years of musicals, operas, & operetta televised in the U.S.


Some Government Information Resources

Of course, we have to “toot our own horn,” & list just some of the online resources available to you that are related to Government Information, Maps, & Microforms:

Ancestry Library Edition: It’s so much more than a place to find birth & death dates.  Discover interesting facts about your surname; find your family history in other family trees as well as birth, census, death, marriage, & military records; learn the average life expectancy of people with your surname; start an online family tree & get “hints” when finds matches to your relatives; uncover your own unique genetic origins through AncestryDNA; etc.

CQ Press Congress Collection: With this Congressional Quarterly (CQ) collection, you can analyze the development, history, legislation, personalities, & powers of the U.S. Congress.

Declassified Documents Reference System: View documents used to develop & implement policies originating from the Central Intelligence Agency, Commerce Department, Defense Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, International Trade Administration, Justice Department, National Security Council, State Department, & White House.

 Digital Sanborn Maps 1867-1970:  The Sanborn Map Company, founded in 1867, was the primary American publisher of fire insurance maps for almost 100 years.  The Sanborn fire insurance maps are the most frequently consulted maps for anyone who wants to learn about the development, growth, & history of American cities, neighborhoods, & towns.  This collection gives you access to more than 660,000 large-scale maps of more than 12,000 American cities & towns, that contain information on building use, construction details, dumps, owners’ names, manufacturing details, pipelines, railroads, wells, etc.

Environment Abstracts: This ProQuest database features U.S. & international conference papers & proceedings, government studies, journals, monographs, newsletters, special reports, etc., encompassing all aspects of the impact people & technology have had on the environment.

Gallup Brain: Here, you’ll find millions of people’s responses to Gallup Poll interviews since 1935.  It’s a searchable record of 70+ years’ of public opinion, as well as articles featuring in-depth public opinion & management data analyses.

Government Periodicals Index:  This ProQuest resource gives you indexing & links to full-text articles from U.S. Federal agencies & departments on a multitude of subjects ranging from Aircraft Survivability to Undersea Warfare.

HeinOnline: The world’s largest image-based legal research collection, containing 9+ centuries of legal history, & 1,800+ law & law-related periodicals with 100+ million fully-searchable exact page images.

Meet the Press: Meet the Press is TV’s longest-running program (since 1947).  This resource gives you access to over 1,500 hours of debates, interviews, panels, etc.  You can search for videos by historical events, organizations, people, places discussed, subject, & timeline.

Statistical Abstract of the United States:  This is another resource from ProQuest.  It’s a comprehensive, convenient online reference for U.S. statistics (economic, political, & social) as well as a guide to more resources.  (It is also available in print.)

SAGE Knowledge: The ultimate social sciences library comprised of 2,500+ titles, including 300+ key reference works.  This online database contains reference materials, scholarly monographs & upper-level text from the behavioral & social sciences, supplemental books on cutting-edge topics relevant to high-level coursework, & widely accessible books in core areas of debate & research in the areas of business & management, counseling, criminology, education, geography, health & social care, media & communication, politics & international relations, psychology, & sociology.

World News Connection: This service gives you international news from conferences, newspapers, online, periodicals, radio, reports, & TV within 24-72 hours from the original broadcast/publication.

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It’s finally SPRING – Join the TRASH BASH!

Spring Break is over.  It’s an over-generalization but it seems that the older you are, the less likely you are to go on “vacation” during Spring Break.  Come see the results of the survey by Geography 325 on display in East Tower 2.

 poster showing "The Geography of Spring Break"

But spring does present us with many opportunities.  One is the annual TRASH BASH held by the Indiana Department of Transportation.  See TRASH BASH:

I happen to reside on one of Indiana’s state highways so I am personally knowledgeable about the amount of trash that ends up on the sides of our roads.  In 2013, for example, clean-up crews collected 20,678 bags of trash and 1,256 cubic yards of loose debris from 3,417 miles of state highways and rights-of-way. More than 1,600 Adopt-A-Highway volunteers logged 6,616 hours in this effort, along with additional hours by INDOT and DOC crews. The cost savings for Indiana taxpayers for these Adopt-A-Highway volunteers totaled more than $98,000.

As a child I recall being told “DON’T BE A LITTERBUG!”  For the Litterbuy history see   But perhaps more of a memory was the legislation during the 1960’s to “beautify” our highways.  It’s a good rule so remember… don’t  litter and  if something blows out of your vehicle…stop and pick it up.  Everyone will appreciate it.


How the Highway Beautification Act Became a Law

In announcing an America the Beautiful initiative in January 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson (D) said:  “I want to make sure that the America we see from these major highways is a beautiful America.”  The cornerstone of the initiative would be the Highway Beautification Act of 1965, which called for control of outdoor advertising, including removal of certain types of signs, along the Nation’s growing Interstate System and the existing Federal-aid primary system. It also required certain junkyards along Interstate or primary highways to be removed or screened and encouraged scenic enhancement and roadside development.

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Library Resources and the Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370

Chances are, you’ve been following the news about the missing Malaysian Airlines plane that disappeared several weeks ago. While we can’t tell you what happened, we can provide you with some resources about Malaysia, the South China Sea, and aviation standards to help you understand more about the geography and equipment in question.

First off, where exactly is Malaysia? My favorite basic maps are from the CIA. They’re clear, authoritative, AND in the public domain, so you can post and share them freely.

malaysia locator

Malaysia’s location in the region



We also have print maps of Malaysia and the region on the 2nd Floor of the East Tower.

Also of interest is the International Civil Aviation Organization’s 2012  Case Study on Commercialization, Privatization and Economic Oversight of Airports and Air Navigation Services Providers in Malaysia.

One important resource that experts and concerned citizens have been using to locate the plane is satellite imagery. What exactly do we mean by satellite imagery?  There are many different types of satellite images collected by many different types of organizations. Simply put, satellite imagery is any sort of image taken from a satellite up in space (Opposed to aerial photographs, which are taken from airplanes within the Earth’s atmosphere). Satellite images can be used for weather predictions, remote sensing, spying, or to find missing planes.

You’re probably most familiar with the satellite images used in Google Maps and Google Earth. However, did you know that these images can be 1 to 3 years old? Thankfully, there are several organizations that provide real time satellite images. The University of Wisconsin has organized a very helpful list of some of these sites:

Some of my favorite sources for current satellite images are, not surprisingly, U.S. Government agencies. In particular, I like using EarthNow from the U.S. Geological Survey. This site shows you the flight path of the satellite in conjunction with the actual landsat imagery. Pretty cool! Other agencies that collect satellite images are NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the National Weather Service.

The Herman B Wells Library has many items in a variety of formats that may help you understand the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of Flight MH370. Here is just a small selection:

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Do you know FRED and FRASER?

Many years ago, we received a request via telephone from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis for one of our old publication series from the U.S. Federal Reserve Board.  They indicated they were beginning a project to provide digital access to various statistical series from the Federal Reserve.  Of course we loaned the material to them and have worked with them on various other items they needed.  The reason for this blog is to remind people about this open web service.

FRED, Federal Reserve Economic Data, and FRASER, Federal Reserve Archive SERvice, provide digital access to several resource often difficult to find but more importantly organized for easy location and use.  While the many of the archived series are in HathiTrust, the HT display is usually the bound volume and not in date order.  FRAZER provides it in date/issue order.

HathiTrust display of Economic Indicators (Council of Economic Advisers)



FRAZER display of Economic Indicators (Council of Economic Advisers)



FRAZER has all the Economic Reports of the Presidents, Annual Reports of the Comptroller of the Currency, Survey of Current Business, as well as the Federal Reserve publications Annual Reports of the Federal Reserve Banks and Board of Governors, Statements and Speeches of Alan Greenspan, Federal Reserve Bulletin, and the Federal Reserve Act.

FRED is more current but provides the data in exportable files, charts in pdf, and tutorials, among other handy information.  One surprising thing to me when I recently reviewed the contents is that it includes items from the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, several international banks, as well as the Federal Reserves.

I recommend anyone interested in finding and using economic data to review the sources they make available.  I like FRED but I think I love FRASER… [note:  my mother’s maiden name was Frazier so I frequently misspell it when trying to locate it in google, so I just search “fred and st.Louis”. ]  Other services listed include: GeoFRED (a geographical – map of economic data for the U.S.), ALFRED (ArchivaL Federal Reserve Economic Data) , CASSIDI (Banking competitive analysis).  Yes there are FRED Mobile Apps  FRASER even has a timeline, so you can explore resources by date:




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