Federal Depository and
Earth Science Map Library

Emporia State University
Emporia, Kansas
Science Hall 108

Photo date 12/2005 © S.W. Aber

General Information Map Basics Current Happenings
Map Collection Database Map Indexing Project Cartographic Resources

General Information

The Emporia State University Federal Depository Map Library is housed in Science Hall and is a branch of the William Allen White Library. This branch library is located in room 108 and contains over 27,000 map and map-related resources. These resources include Earth Science and Physical Science department teaching and research collections, as well as university library and archive print maps, atlas volumes, aerial photographs, monographs, and the like. As a partial Federal Depository Map Library, maps are selected by the map manager based on an academic community needs assessment. These government documents are received, processed, and filed, with the entire collection made available to the public in accordance with the Federal Government Depository Library Program (FDLP) with the assistance of the map librarian.

For many years, Professor Paul Johnston guided the map library and assisted the academic and public community with map needs until his retirement. Susie Aber took over in 1997 and continues to manage the collection and has created an online presence and customized bibliographic map database. When the customized map collection database went online, White Library immediately began a project to include the collection into the main Kellogg Online Catalog, under the direction of Dalene Hawthorne, Sally Conard, and Beth Hanschu. Sally has retired and Beth continues the process of cataloging the topographic map collection with both copy and original cataloging methods.

Science Hall is north of White Library
Map taken from www.emporia.edu/esu/esumap/campus.htm
The Federal Depository collection means no-fee public access to information produced by Federal agencies in the form of paper maps and posters. Most of the Government Documents are located in the main library, while this facility contains the bulk of the map collection, such as topographic and geologic maps showing land configuration and surficial rocks. The focus of this map collection is on the Great Plains, but there are maps from Earth to the Moon, Mars, and beyond.

If you want to know more about the Federal Depository Library Program in general, you can browse the online handbook for more information at http://www.fdlp.gov/administration/handbook. Interested map librarians should page down to view Appendix C: Important for Map Librarians (www.fdlp.gov/administration/handbook/153-appendixc).

Library Location: ESU Science Hall, Room 108
(19 on the campus map shown above)
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 am- 5:00 pm
The map library assistant will be available Monday 3:00-4:00;
Tuesday, 10:00-11:50; Wednesday, 3:00-4:50; and
Thursday, 10:00-11:50.
Susie Aber, the map manager, is available by appointment,
341-5977 or email saber@emporia.edu.

Staff: Map Library Manager, Susie Ward Aber
Map Library Assistant: Muye Liu

Photo date 3/2008 © J.S. Aber

What's Current

Since 1997 the map librarian initiated a multi-year project to create an online bibliographic database for the map collection. It is finally finished and online. Dr. Aber and student workers designed and created a customized, comprehensive list of map and map-related resources in the collection using MySQL, an open source relational database management system that uses Structured Query Language (SQL) to store and process data in a database. In order to allow this database to be added to and accessed outside of the map library computers in Science Hall, the database runs in conjunction with a PHP, Hypertext Preprocessor. The PHP is a server-side, open source scripting language that creates a webpage that bridges the online visitorís web browser with records in the map library relational database. Thus, the program runs on a server and was added as a university website, http://maplibrary.emporia.edu, in 2005. This part-time project has been ongoing and by 2008, it has been enhanced and perfected. While this project does not allow for the display of maps online, it shows which maps are available in the ESU map library collection as well as the storage location of maps within the Science Hall facility.

Geospatial Lab is located in Science Hall
and serves students working with GIS software.
This is not physically associated with the
map library. Photo date 3/2008 © J.S. Aber
Thanks go to all the students who input data over the years. The process began with creating a spread sheet document of the collection. This was imported into a relational database that was available for access on the map library computers. Nathan Miller and Josh Tucker were the students who actually assembled the database we are currently using; Terrance Dobbins updated and perfected data entry of the collection and began the online map indexing project.

Terrance and Jing Liu are the two student workers in the map library for the 2008-2009 academic year. In general, students help clients who come into the map library and process all maps and map-related resources received by the map library, which includes federal depository, Earth Science/Physical Science department, and donated resources. The resources are stamped and recorded, following FDLP regulations, and topographic map quadrangles are shown as received on the appropriate state paper index maps found in the map drawers state by state. The map resources are filed according to format; for example, flat maps are filed in five-drawer map cases; oversized maps are rolled and placed in map tubes; aerial photographs are filed in map cases or file cabinets; folded maps and book resources are placed in book shelves. Finally, to allow greater campus and public awareness of the resources in the map collection, information about these resources is entered into the customized map library online bibliographic database, available for anyone to access at maplibrary.emporia.edu.

Additional duties of the student workers in the map library are to maintain, update, and add to this map library webpage. Terrance Dobbins recently enhanced the map library webpage by creating a detailed schematic drawing of the map library showing drawer locations, which can be seen in the image to the right and enlarged at http://maplibrary.emporia.edu/virtualtour.html. Stacks of map case drawers are referred to as blocks and individual drawers, by numbers. These can be seen by rolling the cursor over the map library floor plan.

The newest project underway is to place index maps online so clients can find the exact name of the map quadrangle in relation to its geographic location. Terrance Dobbins began this project with a global map, http://maplibrary.emporia.edu/world.html, which has links to other maps divided by continent, country, and state/province. For the United States, maps are divided by type, such as geologic, highway, political, topographic, and other. Jing Liu is continuing with the construction of this project, which will provide the public with a visual interface to view the map libraryís holdings. The online index map project is beginning with the state of Kansas, which serves as a pilot project. Again, this project is not designed to display digital versions of maps, rather to show clients the names of map quadrangles and which of these maps are part of the Emporia State University map collection. Plans for the future are to continue this customized online indexing project and continue to promote and enhance accessibility and availability of the map library collection.

U. S. Federal Depository Map
Library, Science Hall 108
Image by Terrance Dobbins.
Although the index project is ongoing, another task for the future will be to convert a new donation of 50 year old print aerial photographs into a digital format. These images will aid in research on geomorphic landscape change over time in Kansas by ESU faculty and students.

Map Basics

A map is a dimensional representation of features on the surface of the Earth or other planetary bodies. Maps come in a variety of different designs and scales, and today in digital formats as well as traditional print versions.

Planimetric maps present the horizontal positions for the features represented. These navigation or road maps are probably most familiar to the general public, because we need to know how to get from one destination to another. However, topographic and geologic maps are commonly used by geoscientists and represent most of the map types in this library. Topographic maps show the configuration of the land surface itself and can be helpful in planning a hiking excursion over a spring break holiday or in determining placement of roads or orchards. Topographic maps are discussed at two US Geological Survey sites: http://erg.usgs.gov/isb/pubs/booklets/topo/topo.html and http://erg.usgs.gov/isb/pubs/booklets/symbols/. Teaching lesson plans are available at another USGS website, http://erg.usgs.gov/isb/pubs/teachers-packets/mapshow/index.html (also see http://erg.usgs.gov/isb/pubs/pubslists/edu.html). Geologic maps (www.kgs.ku.edu/Publications/pic4/pic4_1.html) show the age of rock at the surface and are used for a variety of purposes such as interpreting the structure of rock formations and knowing where to drill for oil or to place a hazardous waste facility.

Through the Earth Science department at ESU, online teaching related to maps includes courses such as Computer Mapping Systems (academic.emporia.edu/aberjame/map) and Remote Sensing (academic.emporia.edu/aberjame/remote/syllabus.htm). A Geospatial Analysis minor and certificate program (www.emporia.edu/earthsci/geospat.htm) is available too. Raw data from printed maps can be converted into a product such as Digital Elevation Models (DEM) or a Geospatial Information System (GIS). GIS software enables the capture, storage, analysis, and plotting of spatial data and information. Image interpretation allows the use of practical applications in the management of our planet Earth. A summer field geology course (academic.emporia.edu/aberjame/field/geology.htm) teaches the student to read and create various maps. The course also allows students to get a feel for the efforts involved in the step by step process of completing a project from the initial field observations to the processing of a final result.

To help find useful online resources related to maps, website links are given below. If you want to know what maps are located in Science Hall 108 on the ESU campus, follow these links: maplibrary.emporia.edu and maplibrary.emporia.edu/world.html.

Online Cartographic Resource Index

Introduction to Geographic
Information Systems

USGS Maps and Resources

GIS Applications and Resources

Geoscience Resources

Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis

What is Geographic Information Science? Global Positioning System Overview
Maps as Representations of the World Coordinate Systems overview
Latitude and Longitude Shape of the Earth
Public Access to Geographic Information Human Cognition of the Spatial World

Geographer's Craft

GIS as an Integrating Technology Database Concepts
Project Planning and Lifecycle Cartographic Communication
Map Projection Overview Global Positioning System Overview
Aerial Photography and Remote Sensing Data Sources for GIS
Geography Map Resources The Virtual Geography Department
GIS Helping to Reengineer Real Estate

Emporia State University

Coordinates and Projections
by James S. Aber.
Remote Sensing and GPS,
by James S. Aber.
Intro to Aerial Photography,
by James S. Aber.
Space Photography,
by James S. Aber.
Kite Aerial Photography,
by J.S. and S.W. Aber
ESU Earth Science Courses
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Maps and Resources

United States Geological Survey Sites

Working with Maps

Topographic Mapping Topographic Map Symbols
Teaching lesson plans USGS Geography Educational Materials
Finding your way with map and compass Map Projections
School Yard Geology USGS Science Resources for
Primary Grades (K-6)
Terra Web for Kids! USGS Educational Resources For Secondary
Grades Middle and High School
USGS Science Resources For
Undergraduate Education
Earth Resources Observation
and Science (EROS)
California Education Standards, USGS Online Resources for Science,
Geography, History and Social Science

Obtaining Mapping Resources

Finding and Ordering USGS Topographic Maps USGS Store
Photo Finder, order aerial photos Maps to download
Maps on Demand Maps and Other Products

Regional Mapping Centers

Eastern Geographic Science Center Mid-Continent Mapping Center
Rocky Mountain Mapping Center Western Geographic Science Center
Marine and Coastal Geology

Geologic Mapping

National Geologic Map Database
  • Geologic Names USA
  • Online Geologic Maps
  • Current Geo Mapping
  • Complete Federal Depository Libraries
  • Geologic Information About the Eastern Region
  • Mineral Resources
  • Energy Resources
  • General Science Topics
  • Geologic Division in the Central Region
  • Mineral Resources
  • Energy Resources
  • Geologic Hazards Team
  • National Ice Core Laboratory
  • Historic Trail Maps
  • Maps of Latest Earthquake
  • Western Region Geologic Information
  • Mineral Resources
  • Energy Resources
  • Virtual Tours of Geology in the National Parks
  • Volcano Hazard Program
  • Earthquakes Southern CA and Northern CA
  • National Landslide Information Center
  • Map Collections

    Commercial and Educational
    Maps and GIS MapMart
    MapQuest Earth and Moon Viewer
    Perry-Castaneda Map
    Library Collection
    A Collection of Digitized
    Kansas Maps
    National Geographic Map Machine TopoZone.com
    maps.com national atlas.gov
    Geography and Map Reading Room,
    Library of Congress
    Map Collections 1500-1999,
    Library of Congress


    Earth From Space the Astronauts View NASA JSC Digital Imagery Services
    Jet Propulsion Laboratory Earth Science Enterprise
    Destination: Earth Stennis NASA Center
    NASA For Kids Only

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

    Digital Terrain Data: Scientific Discussion Ecosystem Informatics
    Bathymetry, Topography and Relief Terrain of Your State
    GLOBE Project: A Gallery of Images Defense Meteorological Satellite Program
    World Maps Latest Satellite Views

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    GIS Applications and Resources

    ESRI GIS Opportunities

    ESRI Map Gallery ESRI GIS Education and Training
    GIS for Industry RouteMAP IMS
    ArcIMS Hazard Information Mapping

    Applications and Data Resources

    Kansas Data Access and Support Center US Census Bureau
    GeoCommunity Biological Resources
    TERC, a nonprofit educational research
    and development site.
    Clark Labs, IDRISI, geographic analysis
    and image processing software
    National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) National Imagery and Mapping Agency
    Water Resources Education Resources Australia's National Mapping Agency
    EarthNow!     EarthNow!     EarthNow!

    Examples from NCGIA

    Light Up Your Nation
    Arc-View Learning Modules
    Color Your World
    Arc-View Learning Modules
    Know Your Neighborhood,
    Arc-View Learning Modules

    Obtaining Digital USGS Resources

    Digital Raster Graphics Digital Orthophoto Quadrangle
    National Hydrography Dataset EROS Data Center
    EarthShots: Satellite Images of Environmental Change

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    Geoscience Resources and Organizations

    Earth Science Resources

    ESU Educational Outreach Resources Eisenhower National Clearinghouse
    Helping Your Child Learn Geography Virtual Field Trips
    Making Science Make Sense Earth is like a Puzzle
    The Virtual Geosciences Professor Energy Efficiency in Schools
    National Energy Foundation Out of the Rock
    Energy Action Oddens' Bookmarks, 14,000 Cartographic Links!
    Map History, A Gateway to the Subject Learning From the Fossil Record

    Agencies and Organizations

    USGS Map Distribution
    Box 25286, Building 810
    Denver Federal Center
    Denver, CO 80225
    (303) 202-4700
    American Geographical Union
    2000 Florida Avenue, NW
    Washington, D.C. 20009
    (202) 462-6900
    (202) 328-0566
    American Geological Institute
    4220 King Street
    Alexandria, VA 22303
    (703) 379-2480
    (703) 379-7563 - FAX
    National Association of Geoscience Teachers
    Department of Geology
    Western Washington University
    Belling, WA 98225-9080
    National Science Teachers Association
    1840 Wilson Blvd.
    Arlington, Va 22201-3000
    (703) 243-7100
    U.S. Bureau of Land Management
    Office of Public Affairs
    1849 C Street, NW, Suite 5600
    Washington, D.C. 20240
    (202) 208-5717
    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
    1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC 20460
    U.S. Forest Service
    P.O. Box 96090
    Washington, D.C. 20090

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    Links Upon Links

    Mapping Theme page
    from the Community Learning Network
    Federal Resources for Educational Excellence

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    Visit: Earth Science homepage or Emporia State University homepage

    Latest Update: 7 September 2009.

    copyright 1999-2009 © Emporia State University Map Library. All rights reserved. Original webpage design by Kathleen Apolzer. Webpage maintained by Susie Aber, saber@emporia.edu