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Local Map Resources in Michigan

Author(s): Kathleen Weessies

Journal: MLA Forum
ISSN 1539-4123

Volume: 1;
Issue: 2;
Date: 2002;
Original page

Keywords: Maps | Map Librarianship | Collection Development | Government Documents

Public and academic reference librarians may find they receive questions about local land use that are not easily addressed through mass-market publications. To find land use information in Michigan, it is necessary to understand who creates the information, where the information is stored, and if and/or how this type of information is distributed. This article examines a variety of map resources that relate to zoning, flood risk, and historical land ownership. The purpose of this article is to assist librarians in guiding patrons to resources that exist inside and outside the library. The author urges librarians to build collections of local government maps that may not otherwise be preserved.
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