New Discoverability Tools Minnesota Historical Aerial Photographs Online (MHAPO) and MapHappy
Kristi Jensen, Borchert Map Library - University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
University Libraries' Borchert Map Library is preparing to release a new online tool, MHAPO ( http://map.lib.umn.edu/mhapo/ ), a Google Map interface providing access to thousands of scanned copies of print Minnesota air photos found in our collection. The air photos cover the Twin Cities metro area and are from the late the 1930s through the 1970s. They hope to go live with MHAPO before the beginning of the Spring semester.
Although still in development, MapHappy ( http://www-dev.lib.umn.edu/scieng/ ) is also available for review and feedback. MapHappy, a new way to search for maps at the library, is a Google Maps mashup that provides users with visual information about the location and coverage of print and electronic maps while searching University Libraries collection. A browse feature also allows users to find maps that cover a particular geographic area rather than searching with key terms. All 30,000 maps held in the Twin Cities libraries are discoverable in MapHappy.
These resources are still in beta and will be released sometime in January, 2009.