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Guide to resources about the Nepal Earthquake

With the help of the EPS and Geography Departments, we've created a guide to resources at the Earth Sciences & Map Library related to the April 25th earthquake in Nepal.

The Nepal Earthquake guide highlights historic publications about prior earthquakes in Nepal, articles about tectonic activity in the region, topographic and geologic maps, links to information from the USGS as well as GIS datasets and humanitarian mapping efforts.

We welcome your questions and visits to the library to see these materials in person.

Apr 29, 2015 | Categories: Events | steplitz

California Transit Maps pop-up exhibit 4/17 & 4/18

Please join us for the next edition of Maps and More :

LA Railway Map covers
Friday, April 17th, 11 am - Noon
& CalDay, Saturday, April 18th, 10 am - 3 pm
Earth Sciences & Map Library, 50 McCone Hall

This month we are featuring maps from the collections of the Institute of Transportation Studies Library, as well as our own Earth Sciences & Map Library collections. Highlights include a 1941 map of the Key System and East Bay Transit Co. and maps showcasing the evolution of Los Angeles area public transit.

Many thanks to our collaborators at the Institute of Transportation Studies Library, Rita Evans & Kendra Levine.

Maps and More events are open to Berkeley faculty, staff, and students, as well as the public. Please share as widely as you like.
Apr 13, 2015 | Categories: Events | spowell

Digital Sanborn maps access now expanded to entire country

part of Sanborn map of Ambler, PA 1896

The UC Berkeley community now has access to the complete collection of Digital Sanborn Maps, 1867-1970, covering the entire United States. This purchase was made possible through the increased collections funding the Library received following the Report from the Commission on the Future of the UC Berkeley Library. Prior to the Spring 2015 semester, the Library only subscribed to the digital Sanborn collection covering the state of California. This new purchase guarantees perpetual access to not only Sanborns of California, but also the remaining 49 states.

Sanborn maps are historical tools for urban specialists, social historians, architects, geographers, genealogists, local historians, planners, environmentalists. Founded in 1867 by D. A. Sanborn, the Sanborn Map Company was the primary American publisher of fire insurance maps for nearly 100 years. The Digital Sanborn Maps, 1867-1970 collection from ProQuest gives the UC Berkeley community access to more than 660,000 large-scale maps of over 12,000 American towns and cities.

Apr 13, 2015 | Categories: Events | spowell

Maps and More kicks off with Maps of the 1915 Pan-Pacific Exposition & the Panama Canal

The Spring 2015 Maps and More sessions kick off Friday, February 20th with, "From Panama to San Francisco: Maps of the Panama Canal and the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition." As the title implies, we will showcase maps of both San Francisco's 1915 Panama Pacific Exposition and the Panama Canal itself. You can check out more about the series and the maps included at the Maps and More web guide. Maps and More is a monthly pop-up exhibit drawn from the collections of the Earth Sciences and Map Library.

What: From Panama to San Francisco: Maps of the Panama Canal and the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition

Where: Earth Sciences & Map Library seminar room, 50 McCone Hall

When: Friday, February 20th, 11 am - noon

View of the Pan-Pacific Exposition City

Image citation: "San Francisco showing location of Panama Pacific International Exposition / compliments of International Harvester Company of America," (1915), by J.N. Matthews Co. Image on verso, "Bird's-eye view of Panama-Pacific International Exposition grounds." Scanned from the collection of the Earth Sciences and Map Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Feb 13, 2015 | Categories: Events | spowell

National Academies Press' guide to the State of the Union Address

Each year the National Academies Press (NAP) publishes a full transcript of the President's State of the Union Address,  interspersed with links to relevant NAP publications.  While browsing through the transcript of President Obama's speech you can click on the linked titles to learn more about the issues and the science behind them. The 2015 edition highlights publications on topics ranging from climate change science to cybersecurity and America's criminal justice system, including the 2014 titles "Climate Change: Evidence and Causes" and "The Growth of Incarceration in the United States: Exploring Causes and Consequences."

The NAP publishes the reports of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council, in total over 200 publications a year. Almost all of the NAP publications are available for free download as pdf files. Search and browse for them at the NAP website:

Jan 22, 2015 | Categories: Events | spowell

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