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New Geospatial Services Center open in Dimond Library

March 7, 2013

We are happy to announce the opening of the Geospatial Services Center (GSC) in Room 337 of Dimond Library.

The GSG is available to help novice users of geographic information system (GIS) and related software, such as Google Earth. Students, as well as faculty and staff, can use the GSC to get started on a new project or, if already working on a project, to get basic level help in completing it. You do not need to be enrolled in a course to use the GSC.

Non-UNH patrons may also bring in a laptop with software preloaded and GSC staff will try to assist, though help for personal laptops is limited.

Users can seek assistance with the following:

  • Locating and downloading geospatial datasets
  • Integrating data into an existing GIS project
  • Helping manage files
  • Answering questions on basic software functionality:
    • ESRI ArcInfo GIS & plug-ins (available to UNH users)
    • Many open source GIS programs
    • Google Earth
    • ERDAS Imagine (available for UNH users)
    • Multispec
  • Making referrals for more in-depth help

A UNH ID is required to use center workstations. Computers are available during hours when the GSC is open, though users may bring their own laptops. Books in the GSC may be browsed when it is open.

Two advanced undergraduate peer tutors are available part time.

Peer tutors are scheduled for the following hours during spring semester:

  • Tuesday: 9-11 AM; 3:30-4:30 PM
  • Thursday: 9-11 AM; 1-2 PM
  • Friday: 9 AM-12 PM

Although appointments are not required, there will be sign-up sheet posted outside of 337 to reserve a time slot.

Peer tutors have been sponsored by the NHView program, a federally funded program designed to make satellite imagery more available to researchers and the public.

Missing Phi Beta Kappa Society Charter Found in Murkland Basement

February 21, 2013

When the heating system in Murkland Hall failed in late January causing water damage to various parts of the building, it’s likely there wasn’t much thought given to the upside. Turns out there was one, though.

Cleanup efforts uncovered the original charter of UNH’s Phi Beta Kappa Society, issued in December 1952.

Linda Johnson, government information librarian, discovered back in 2010 that the charter was missing. Now discovered, the document is being restored by Bill Ross, the head of the Milne Special Collections and Archives. He hopes to reverse some of the damage to the document, which will be displayed once a year when the honor society inducts new members.

The rest of the article can be found on the Campus Journal website.

New Featured Resource: UN Water Statistics

January 4, 2013

Government information presents its latest featured resource from the United Nations as it declares 2013 the International Year of Water Cooperation.

UN-Water has created a portal to view maps, tables, and charts on indicators, at either country or global level, as well as additional geographic information.

UN-Water is currently working on the identification of key indicators for the water sector that can be used at a global, regional and national level. The site will be updated regularly to reflect their progress.

New database trial: Congressional Hearings Digital Collection

November 27, 2012

The Library is currently subscribed to a new database trial: Proquest Congressional Hearings Digital Collection.

In these hearings, Congressional committees assess, amend, approve or kill legislation, as well as oversee the implementation and effectiveness of previously enacted legislation falling under their jurisdiction. This database gives researchers access to the content of both published and unpublished hearings. The database consists of 3 parts – Retrospective A covering 1823-1979 (approximately 73,000 titles); Retrospective B, covering 1980-2003 (approximately 44,000 titles); and the "prospective" subscription, 2004 – present. We are trialing Retrospective B.

To search only the hearings, go to advanced search in the left hand column. Then on the lower center of the screen deselect everything other than the hearings. Otherwise you will be including in the search other congressional publications that are not part of the trial. If you wish, you may want to specify the dates of collection B (1980-2003).

As always, if this database us useful for your research, please leave a comment here or contact our electronic resources librarian.

New Featured Resource: American Latino heritage sites from the National Park Service

November 27, 2012


Government information presents its latest featured resource from the National Park Service, American Latino Heritage: Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary.

The National Park Service creates thoughtful and compelling historical travel itineraries and this one is no exception. This particular tour takes visitors through the world of the American Latino experience via key sites around the country.

First-time visitors will want to look through the Essays section to get a better context for all of these destinations. The essays include commentary by historical experts and provide a great introduction for visitors looking into the List of Sites. This area is quite exhaustive and covers everything from the Sitka National Historical Park in Alaska to the Assateague Island National Seashore in Virginia. Each entry includes a bit of information about each site's relationship to the Latino experience in the United States.

Since the age of exploration, Latino peoples have played a profoundly important role in American history, contributing to and shaping the rich heritage of the United States in many ways for some 500 years. Explore their stories and their legacy by visiting the units of the National Park System and places listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

NOAA Hurricane Central, new featured resource from Government Information

September 14, 2012

Government Information presents our latest featured resource from the NOAA Hurricane Central 2012. This resource features satellite and radar of current storms, archived data of past storms, and educational resources about hurricanes.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is a part of the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) located at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. Their mission is to save lives by issuing the best watches, warnings, forecasts, and analyses of hazardous tropical weather.

Featured Resource from Government Information: Cape Cod National Seashore

July 10, 2012


Government Information in the UNH Library presents our latest featured resource from the National Park Service on the Cape Cod National Seashore. This resource features sections on history, culture, photo galleries, and an area for teachers.

The site includes information on their residency programs for artists, the archaeology of Cape Cod, lesson plans, a reading list, and information about overnight educational group opportunities.

Henry David Thoreau knew Cape Cod well, once writing that "A man may stand there and put all America behind him." Today, part of the Cape has been designated Cape Cod National Seashore. Appropriately enough, the legislation to create this remarkable site was signed into law by President John F. Kennedy, who also knew and loved the area.

New featured resource: Marine geology and geophysics from NOAA

May 25, 2012

Government information presents its latest featured resources, the newly redesigned site for the National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The site includes underwater dive animations, an in-depth look at paleoclimatology, and information on tsunamis and other mega-events. Resources are arranged alphabetically and range from "A Library of Mud: NPR Science Friday Video" to "Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Online Expeditions."

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