Map-a-thon for Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief

Contribute your time to open-source mapping to aid relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

  • Date: Thursday, October​ ​5,​ ​2017​
  • Time: noon-3pm​
  • Place: ​Library Classroom (Room 160), Thompson Library

Mapping project #3661: Hurricane Maria | 2017 - Puerto Rico 5 (Cidra to Santa Isabel)

Mapping project #3661: Hurricane Maria | 2017 – Puerto Rico 5 (Cidra to Santa Isabel)

Following the recent hurricane, people around the world are using the OpenStreetMap platform to donate their time to hurricane relief efforts. The Red Cross in Puerto Rico has requested help with their relief efforts, and libraries (Columbia, Rutgers, Univ. of Miami, and more) are responding! (Thanks to @elotroalex for the idea!)

No​ ​mapping​ ​experience,​ ​knowledge​ ​of​ ​local​ ​geography,​ ​or​ ​software​ ​installation​ ​is required. Just bring yourself, lunch if you’d like, and a laptop (if you’d prefer to work on your own device rather than a classroom computer).

We’ll have a training session from 12-1 p.m., but will be available until 3 p.m. — drop in at any time to get started.

Learn more about the process through our guide, Humanitarian Mapping with OpenStreetMap.

Puerto Rico map-a-thon flyerDownload a copy of our flyer to distribute on campus.

Thank you for your interest in helping this effort!  #prmapathon

An overview of the mapping process

An overview of the mapping process (courtesy Missing Maps / Learn OSM)

Blueprint for Counter Education










 “One of the most extraordinary books ever issued by an American commercial publisher,” Blueprint for Counter Education was designed as a portable, interdisciplinary learning environment for a new, politically-charged, process-based model of education. Originally issued by Doubleday in 1970, the publication consisted of three large posters and a “Shooting Script” and offered a fluid cosmology of radical thought and syncretic bibliography conceived in the classrooms of the sociologists Maurice Stein and Larry Miller and given form by the gifted designer Marshall Henrichs. In 2016 Blueprint was reissued in facsimile with an added booklet of reflections and interviews by Harvard’s Jeffrey T. Schnapp (VC’75) and the designer Adam Michaels, founder of the graphic design studio Project Projects, published by Michaels’ Inventory Press.

The Art Library editions of both the original issue of the publication and the reprint will be on view in the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center Focus Gallery, through October 2, 2017, courtesy of the Center, the Library, and the Creative Arts Across the Disciplines Initiative.

In addition there will be an Agnes Rindge Claflin Lecture by Jeffrey Schnapp and Adam Michaels about the publication and its contemporary relevance on Thursday September 28 at 5:30 in Taylor 203, followed by a reception and viewing of the exhibit in the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center.

On the morning following the Lecture, Talking About Teaching will host a teach-in workshop for the Vassar community led by Jeffrey Schnapp and Adam Michaels beginning at 9:00 a.m. in Taylor 203 entitled: “BLUEPRINTING: PROJECTS FOR THE AFFIRMATION Of NEW EDUCATION,” supported by The Program for Teaching Development at Vassar College, the Tatlock Chair of Multidisciplinary Studies, and the Art and Media Studies Departments. Breakfast and Lunch will be included. 

A related exhibit of Adam Michaels’ work is on view in the Art Library main reading room entitled: “Inventory Press LLD and the Design of Contemporary Arts Publishing” September 27 through October 15.


Library Cafe 2017 Fall Season

The Library Cafe is a radio interview program broadcast Wednesdays at Noon during the academic year on WVKR (91.3FM) hosted by Vassar Art Librarian Thomas Hill.  Featured each week are conversations with authors, artists, curators, and librarians about books, exhibitions, libraries, and the formation and circulation of knowledge. The program begins for the 2017-18 academic year on Wednesday, September 20 at noon with an interview with author, pilot, and Vassar alumna Sally Van Wagenen Keil (VC ’68) on her narrative history of the Womens Air Service Pilots corps, Those Wonderful Women in Their Flying Machines.  Also featured on the roster for this semester are interviews with Vassar’s new President Elizabeth Bradley about her book The American Health Care Paradox: Why Spending More is Getting Us Less (Public Affairs, 2015), Vassar Professors Molly Nesbit and Tobias Armborst (Midnight: The Tempest Essays; The Arsenal of Exclusion & Inclusion), and an interview with the conceptual artist and art historian Michael Corris (Leaving Skull City: Selected Writings on Art).