1. BRANNER LIBRARY PARTICIPATES IN U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY PROJECT
At the request of the U.S. Geological Survey, staff at the Branner Earth Sciences Library & Map Collections staff have begun creating National Geological Map Database (NGMDB) records for Stanford's geological maps. Branner is the first university library asked to participate. The inclusion of Stanford's maps in the NGMDB provides for improved, faster, and more direct access to Branner's collection.
The database, maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey, will eventually include all significant geoscience maps of the United States and its possessions. It can be searched in a variety of ways, including by geographic coordinates (latitude and longitude). One can either enter exact coordinates or point and click on a map appearing on the search screen. Searches can be limited to maps of a certain scale, e.g., all maps at 1:24,000 scale or larger (more detailed). Results are nicely displayed in groups and arranged by scale (from largest to smallest).
Branner has already input maps that appear in Stanford University Publications, Geological Sciences, as well as maps from recent geoscience theses and dissertations and the manuscript and computer-generated maps from the Stanford Geological Survey.
The database is very easy to search and can be found at: