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Huge Map Sale

Institute for Information Literacy Immersion

New Map Website


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New Staff at the Ed-Psych Library

We welcome Zachariah Veley as Circulation Assistant in the Education-Psychology Library. Zach joins us from NRLF where he worked for four months as an Access Services Assistant. Prior to working at NRLF, Zach's previous library experience includes serving as a student Search Clerk at the Science and Math Libraries of the University of Oregon for 2 1/2 years. Outside the Library, Zach enjoys playing keyboards and consider himself a semi-professional musician.

Barbara Glendenning, Head
Education-Psychology Library

Huge Map Sale

The Geography Dept and the Map Room announce the resumption of their approximately annual map sale after a hiatus of 5 years. Saturday, November 3, 2001 from 10am - 5 pm. It will be held in the Reading Room of the Earth/Maps Library and in classrooms on the first floor of McCone.

Thousands of maps will be offered at bargain prices. The Geography Dept is liquidating most of their map collection, so topographic maps, aerial photos, satellite photos, thematic maps, wall classroom maps and even map cases will be available.

Mark your calendar to come and shop for just the right map for your office or wall!

Katie Frohmberg and John Creaser
Earth Sciences and Map Library

Institute for Information Literacy Immersion

In August 2001, we attended the ACRL Institute for Information Literacy Immersion at Plattsburgh State University of New York. Having been selected for the program from a highly competitive pool of applicants, we eagerly accepted the challenge of four days of intense instruction about instruction. Upon our return, we could only say, "We're exhausted but it was worth it."

Attending Track I: Librarian as Teacher, our Immersion covered such fascinating topics as information literacy, the psychology of learning, presentation techniques, assessment, pedagogy, leadership and management, and the transition from BI to IL. Using the same active learning methods they espouse, the Immersion faculty kept us interested and involved in the subject matter. The faculty included many well-known librarians, such as Debra Gilchrist (assessment), Sharon Mader (leadership and management), Mary Jane Petrowski (creativity, the seven faces of information literacy), Susan Barnes Whyte (presentation techniques, pedagogy) and Beth S. Woodard (the psychology of learning, the transition from BI to IL).

During the program, we learned many theoretical concepts and practical applications: how to convert instructional objectives into learning outcomes; how to incorporate active learning into instruction; how to prepare and present better instruction sessions; how to address all learning styles better; and how to move from evaluations to authentic assessment. The faculty distributed many interesting handouts and bibliographies on these topics. Please contact clee@library.berkeley.edu or bquigley@library.berkeley.edu if you would like to review them.

Overall, Immersion proved to be an informative and rewarding experience.

Brian Quigley, Electronic Outreach Librarian
Kresge Engineering Library

Corliss Lee, Program Coordinator
Teaching Library

New Map Website

The Earth Sciences & Map Library is pleased to announce the release of a new online map resource, "Historic Topographic Maps of California," at http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/histopo/. This website provides access to the U.S. Geological Survey's topographic quadrangles, both 15 and 7.5-minute, spanning more than 100 years of mapping (1885-1999). Initial coverage is provided for the San Francisco Bay region. The area covered extends from Pt. Reyes south to Half Moon Bay and east to Livermore and San Jose. Historic topographic maps are invaluable for tracking changes in land use, development of transportation systems, and growth of urban areas. 350 maps were carefully selected to represent a historic perspective of the changing landscape of the region.

Thanks go to the U.S. Geological Survey National Mapping Division for scanning our maps at very high resolution. Maps were digitized at 800 dpi, 24 bit color providing extremely large file sizes up to 1.3 GB per image. MrSid compression (40:1) was used for the images presented on the Web.

UC Berkeley-developed tools for archival collections called Making of America II were used for this project. Bibliographic, administrative, image, and metadata were keyed into a relational database. XML encoded digital objects were created from this database, stored in a repository, then presented on the Web with the MOA II viewer. The MrSid viewer allows users to zoom into each image.

We hope this site provides a useful resource to our users. Please direct any questions about this project to either John Creaser or Katie Frohmberg.

John Creaser
Earth Sciences and Map Library


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