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Discover the world on GIS day with the University Libraries

Oct. 19, 2021

On Nov. 12, the University Libraries is partnering with Auraria Library, University of Colorado Denver and the University of Colorado Colorado Springs to host a hybrid GIS Day symposium.

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Celebrate GIS Day with the University Libraries

Oct. 20, 2020

Join the University Libraries and celebrate GIS Day with a virtual mini-conference on November 13! Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a scientific framework for gathering, analyzing and visualizing geographic data. Geospatial technology is crucial to making decisions about our infrastructure, natural resources and economic growth. It has also become an...

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Provost Fellow Jaffe develops open source code for georeferencing aerial photos collection

July 1, 2020

Sarah Jaffe, a PhD student in CU Boulder’s Environmental Studies program, developed a workflow for the libraries to transform the Earth Sciences & Map Library’s historical aerial photos into a massive collection of geographic information system (GIS) data for researchers.

Sanborn Fire Insurance web map index of Colorado Springs in the early 1900s.

Libraries Fellow Buddy Collins Indexes Essential Collection for Map Library

May 4, 2020

Buddy Collins, a graduating senior in the Department of Geography and this year’s Friends of the Libraries Fellow, has spent the last few months improving access and discovery to the Earth Sciences & Map Library’s Sanborn Fire Insurance Map Collection . His work creating web map indexes for this important...

An interdisciplinary class in the Map Library.

Map Librarians Connect Classes with Maps

Jan. 3, 2020

As you walk downstairs to the map collection of the Earth Sciences & Map Library, you may find a room full of students and the chatter of discovery surrounding maps. The number of classes held in the Map Library has been steadily increasing, due to the team spirit of Map...

Naomi Heiser and Thomas Riis holding the map of conversation.

CUATL Ep 7: Exploring the Folklore Music Map of the United States

Nov. 5, 2019

This episode of CU at the Libraries , “ Exploring the Folklore Music Map of the United States,” features a conversation between Map Library Cataloging Naomi Heiser and Professor Emeritus and former director of the American Music Research Center Thomas Riis at the University of Colorado Boulder. The transcript has...

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Mark Your Calendars For GIS Day Events

Oct. 21, 2019

Join the University of Colorado Boulder in celebrating GIS Day, November 13! Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a scientific framework for gathering, analyzing, and visualizing geographic data to help people make more informed decisions. GIS gives people the ability to create their own digital map layers to help solve real-world...

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CUATL Ep. 3: What is PASCAL, Anyway?

Oct. 7, 2019

This transcript of the CU at the Libraries episode “What is PASCAL, Anyway?” has been rewritten for the University at Colorado Boulder Libraries news site. Press play to listen to this episode below or find us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to your podcasts. “The Libraries are...

Katie Mika works with student.

Getting The Most From Campus Libraries

Sept. 18, 2019

Heading to the library at CU Boulder means a trip to Norlin Library or to one of the four branch libraries: Jerry Crail Johnson Earth Sciences & Map Library ; Leonard H. Gemmill Engineering, Mathematics and Physics Library ; the Howard B. Waltz Music Library ; and the William M...

Interns Lisa Donavan and Stacey Brown work on maps from the U.S. Congressional Serial Set volumes in the Preservation unit.

Re-Mapping Future Through Preserving History With Maps Project

June 13, 2019

The University Libraries are wrapping up an extensive project this summer that will keep over 60 maps detailing railroad survey reports that date back to the pre-Civil War era accessible to students, researchers, and librarians. Faculty and staff from the Government Information Library, the Preservation unit, and the Earth Sciences...

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