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Role of Libraries in Geography and GIS Education (#1)

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Geography Education Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/8/2020
Start / End Time: 1:00 PM / 2:15 PM (MDT)
Room: Virtual Track 9
Organizers: Jessica Benner, Emma Slayton
Chairs: Jessica Benner



Best practices in geography and GIS education (for all age levels) are still being developed, particularly in terms of pedagogies for building spatial literacy. Much of this practice has been focused on working with individuals in k-12 education (ex. Chang and Kidman 2019; Collins and Mitchell 2018; Kirchberg 2000; Mitchell 2017). We feel that libraries can support the development of pedagogy, research in geography education and actually teach people of all ages about geographic practices, maps, data and spatial information. Furthermore, these activities can be connected to educational efforts occurring within the k-12 or college classroom. At their core, all libraries are cultural heritage institutions that support education, research and civic life within a community. Libraries act as a stronghold for education on spatial literacy and critical engagement with geographic concepts in the following ways:

Libraries are connection points to help people (community members and students) learn about spatial concepts and geospatial tools. People encounter geospatial tools in their daily life on a wide scale but they are often unprepared to engage with or use these technologies in critical ways.

Libraries are spaces that can be used to:
..Teach about spatial concepts (one-off, series or full courses)
..Consult with and support individuals in their existing and emerging projects
..Outreach to a variety of communities about geography concepts and the role of geography in society

We are combining Sessions #1 and #2 of this into a large afternoon April 8, 1:00 - 3:30 MDT. More options for connecting by phone are at the bottom.

1:00 - 2:10 pm MT (3:00 - 4:10 pm EST)
1:00 pm (10 mins) Presenter 1: Jessica and Emma
1:10 pm (15 mins) Presenter 2: Rafael
1:25 pm (15 mins) Presenter 3: Phil
1:40 pm (15 mins) Presenter 4: Joshua
1:55 pm (15 mins) Presenter 5: Maria

2:10 - 2:20 pm MT (4:00 - 4:20 pm EST)
Break (10 mins)

2:20 - 3:30 pm MT (4:20 - 5:30 pm EST)
2:20 pm (15 mins) Presenter 6: David
2:35 pm (15 mins) Presenter 7: Sarah
2:50 pm (15 mins) Presenter 8: Chris*
3:05 pm (25 mins) Discussion/Wrap-up

*We will also be having a special guest to talk about a new tutorial he has created for Aerial Photography.
Chris Thiry, "Time Machine Available -- building an online tutorial for historic air photos", The Colorado School of Mines Library holds over 163,000 historic aerial photographs of Colorado. This resource is underutilized, underappreciated, and unapproachable. This talk will explain some of the motivations, ideas, and strategies behind the creation of an online tutorial about using and interpreting historic air photos.

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Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Joshua Sadvari*, The Ohio State University Libraries, Geospatial Education and Information Literacy: Mapping Concepts to Locate Learning Opportunities 15 1:00 PM
Presenter Emma Slayton*, Carnegie Mellon University, Jessica Benner, Carnegie Mellon University Libraries, Spatial Education in Libraries 15 1:15 PM
Presenter Philip White*, University of Colorado Boulder Libraries, GUI-Free GIS Instruction in the Library with Jupyter Notebooks 15 1:30 PM
Presenter Maria A. Jankowska*, UCLA Charles E. Young Library, Importance of historical landscape: Mapping Bamberg settlers in Greater Poland 15 1:45 PM
Discussant Jessica Benner Carnegie Mellon University 15 2:00 PM

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