McMaster University Libraries are launching a pilot project to offer research help at its virtual site on Second Life, the increasingly popular 3-D virtual world created by its nearly six million residents.
Avatars Danu Dahlstrom, Amanda Matzerath, Devi Daviau, Isobella Sands, Gudrun Bertolucci and Ataro Santos (real-life librarians Krista Godfrey, Amanda Etches-Johnson and Nora Gaskin, and staff members Rhonda Moore, Renu Barrett and Derek Bragg) will be available for help on SL from May 1 to July 31 (Mondays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Tuesdays from 2 to 4 p.m. EST). McMaster's SL Library is on Cybrary City near InfoIsland. Read more in McMaster's Daily News.
Public opinion research reports are required to be deposited to LAC and are now available online. Access the submitted reports from August 1, 2006 onwards by department, keyword, contractor, year, or report number.
Filed under Library News: Mills Innis Thode Maps, Data, GIS Web Resources
In most libraries, researchers use paper indexes to find aerial photographs of their areas of interest. A paper index for each year shows the areas covered by the photographs in the collection. The process of discovering what photos may be available is slow and limited to researchers who are on-site.
McMaster University Library's Map Collection has now replaced dozens of paper indexes to Hamilton area aerial photography with a cool new Google mashup index. A mashup is a kind of hybrid web application that combines information from multiple sources. In this case, the index mashup combines a Google Map base (with zoom/pan and satellite image background capability) and markers representing each one of the 5,000 air photos in our collection.
The Aerial Photograph index is available here.
To use the index, select a year from the dropdown menu. The Google map onscreen will display a marker for every air photograph available in McMaster Library's collection. Use the +/- slider on the left side to zoom in and out on the map. Click on any marker to get the photograph's retrieval information (usually a flight line and shot number).
This index allows researchers to discover the areas of our photographic coverage very quickly. Remote users can easily confirm whether it is worth visiting the Library to see the photographs in person.
All air photos can be viewed in the Map Collection. Library staff will retrieve the photographs for visitors, and will be happy to demonstrate the delightful ease of this Google mashup tool compared to the very annoying old paper indexes!
Filed under Library News: Mills Archives & Research Collections Events Maps, Data, GIS Web Resources
McMaster University Library has launched its first digitization project in an effort to provide more remote and universal web access to unique resources in our collection. Our first project is the digitization of 425 military maps and 480 air photos from our World War I collection.
McMaster has an uncommonly rich collection of detailed, topographic maps known as trench maps . As well as delineating trenches, these maps show the locations of many positions of military importance such as machine gun nests, trench mortars, artillery and enemy head quarters to name a few. Most date from the years 1917 and 1918 and cover the Canadian sector of the Front in France and Belgium. The maps are also a lasting record of the myriad stages of evolution in mapping that occurred during the war as a result of advances in survey techniques, aerial photography and photogrammetry.
Digitization will finally allow researchers from around the world to view, pan and zoom images to a level of detail surpassing that which can be seen in person without the aid of a magnifying glass.
The index to the maps in our collection is already available here.
The new UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, took office on January 1, 2007. Ban Ki-moon replaces Kofi Annan in this position. For more information on the new UN Secretary-General, please check out this link.