Monday, January 30, 2012

Workshops Offered on GIS, Excel, Census Data, Qualtrics, and More

Join staff from the Clark Library for Maps, Government Information and Data Services for a series of workshops this semester. The workshops offer tips for using a variety of tools, software programs and other library resources. They are free and open to anyone on campus. Register today!

Workshops for Winter 2012 include:
  • Intro to GIS
  • Intro to Mobile GIS and a Case Study of Mobile GIS via SWEEP
  • What’s New in ArcGIS 10.0
  • Data Visualization Strategies
  • Mapping Strategies for Complex Data
  • Finding Census Data
  • Excel: Beyond the Basics
  • Excel Pivot Tables
  • Life after the Statistical Abstract
  • Introduction to Policy Resources
  • Qualtrics: Survey Creation
  • Qualtrics: Survey Output Options and Formats

Access the full workshop schedule and descriptions here.

As always, consultations on finding data and using software are also available on an individual basis. Click here to use the scheduling tool to make an appointment with a librarian.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Third Thursday!

Join us tomorrow, January 19th, for the first Third Thursday open house in the Clark Library! The theme of the day will be "Traveling by Train," and from 4-7 p.m. we will be displaying historical railroad and subway maps, timetables, guidebooks, and travel brochures from our extensive collection.

Come to the Clark Library, on the second floor of the Hatcher Graduate Library. If you haven't visited yet, you're in for a treat. Our new space is beautiful and is more conducive for research and viewing our materials.

Not a U of M student, faculty, or staff member? Don't worry-- the public is always welcome! For more information, call 734 764-0410.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Geocaching: GPS treasure hunts

Are you feeling bored, as though you could do with some adventure and some time out-of-doors? Do you have a GPS-enabled device and a love for unearthing small treasures?

Geocaching might be just what you need!

Geocaching is a user-community-driven game. Players can find caches near them, load the coordinates onto their GPS device, and go treasure hunting! There is an online community where people keep track of which caches they've found, log their experiences, comment on and rate the caches, and post caches for others to hunt down, once they have gotten a hang of the game and its rules.

With five million geocachers worldwide, you should be able to find a cache not too far from you.

Here's an example of part of a Geocache suitable for beginners near one of the University of Michigan's well-known landmarks, the Rock.

Part of the fun is getting to the treasure, signing the sheet, and replacing it with no one not in the know noticing-- for that reason, most Geocaches are placed in locations a little more out-of-the-way than this one. Some larger caches have various items in them, and players are asked not to take anything unless they replace it with something equivalent for later players to find.

Sound like something you'd be interested in? Have questions? Check out the Geocaching FAQ.