Role of Libraries in Geography and GIS Education
This page is dedicated to a project we have started called the Role of Libraries in Geography and GIS Education, a.k.a. ROLGEE (pronounced "RoleGee). The project is supported by a grant from the National Center for Research in Geography Education who funded us to initiate a series of conversations about the Role of Libraries in Geography and GIS Education. We are currently planning for five organized conversations this year but we are always listening so send us an email, tweet or stop us on the street to talk about how you are currently teaching about or supporting others in conducting spatial analyses or using spatial tools.
This work is being funded by the National Center for Research in Geography Education. "NCRGE is a research consortium for transformative research in geography education, with co-headquarters at the American Association of Geographers (AAG) and Texas State University. NCRGE’s mission is to build capacity for research that advances theory, deepens knowledge, challenges thinking, and supports evidence-based practices in geography education." You can learn about NCRGE on their website: www.ncrge.org.
What we are trying to achieve this year
Research network of interested people
Repository of reusable pedagological materials
Understanding of the landscape of informal education happening in libraries and other informal learning spaces
Questions driving our conversations
What kinds of professional development have you engaged in, or want to explore related to spatial literacy or GIS?
What are you teaching and why? What topics do you want to teach in the future?
If someone is doing a project that involves a spatial component, what kinds of services are they asking for and what kinds of tools are they using/trying to use?
What kinds of research are you doing related to informal spatial education?
How do we move GIS instruction online? How can we ensure we are meeting pedagogical goals through virtual and remote environments?
How do we advocate for open-source / open-access pedagogy (e.g. tutorials, sample datasets) and research (e.g. data sources, data management)?
How do we manage collections development (especially in these economically uncertain times)?
How can we build and maintain this community? What are the next steps towards supporting our communities interests and needs?
Come be part of the conversation
We want to meet you and hear from you!
Over this coming year we have planned a series of conversations in which librarians, educators, data centers, and others can come together to talk about geography and GIS education. Most of these opportunities are in-person meetings or events associated with conferences but others are local to Pittsburgh or happening online. We hope that you can find a way to get involved. Check out our planned conversations below.