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.

Thursdays in September 2020 | Conversations via Zoom, 3:00-4:00 pm (EST).

A second series of online meetings via Zoom to explore new questions. We hope that these sessions will foster in-depth discussions of the state of geography and GIS instruction in libraries or other alternate education spaces.  All sessions are from 3:00-4:00 pm (EST). You can get the registration details by registering here or via email if you subscribe to MAPS-L listerv. 

Below are the topics we will discuss each week. We hope to see you soon!

September 3 | How do we move GIS instruction online? How can we ensure we are meeting pedagogical goals through virtual and remote environments? 

September 10  | How do we advocate for open-source / open-access pedagogy (e.g. tutorials, sample datasets) and research (e.g. data sources, data management)? 

September 17 | How do we manage collections development (especially in these economically uncertain times)?

September 24 | How can we build and maintain this community? What are the next steps towards supporting our communities interests and needs?

Again, register here if you need the Zoom details: https://cmu.libcal.com/event/6939064 

@ROLGGE

All day, any day. Our goal is to generate lots of conversations about the Role of Libraries in Geography and GIS Education this year. One place where the conversation never ends is twitter, check it out! https://twitter.com/ROLGGE

Past conversations

Thursdays in April 2020 | Conversations via Zoom, 3:00-4:00 pm (EST).

A Series of online meetings via Zoom that explore our driving questions. We hope that these sessions will foster in-depth discussions of the state of geography and GIS instruction in libraries or other alternate education spaces.  All sessions are from 3:00-4:00 pm (EST) and can be joined using the Zoom details below. 

 

Over the four sessions, we will be discussing the following questions:

April 9 | What kinds of research are you doing related to informal spatial education?

 

April 16 | 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?  

 

April 23 | What are you teaching and why? What topics do you want to teach in the future? 

 

April 30 | What kinds of professional development have you engaged in, or want to explore related to spatial literacy or GIS? 

 

Zoom Details

To join us, please use the following link: https://cmu.zoom.us/j/519042933. Meeting ID: 519 042 933.

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Find your local number: https://cmu.zoom.us/u/aeCmatLNBr 

April 29, 2020 | UCGIS Webinar, 3:00-4:00 pm (EST)

Locating Libraries in the Geospatial Education Community

Academic libraries across many institutions play a significant role in the development and delivery of support for geospatial data, methods, and tools on their campus. As such, academic librarians are increasingly engaging in geospatial education, through formal and informal learning opportunities, both independently and in collaboration with disciplinary faculty. By considering geospatial education through the lens of the numerous and diverse literacies expected of learners - information, data, spatial, visual, technological - the role of librarians as essential partners in a cross-disciplinary geospatial education community becomes clear. 

In this webinar, attendees will learn about ongoing efforts at two academic libraries to support geospatial education and how integrating the literacies mentioned above informs our research and teaching. Based on our experience, librarians are eager to learn from and help advance geospatial education efforts on our campuses. We hope this presentation will serve to spark ideas and start conversations between disciplinary faculty and librarians at their own institutions about our respective roles in the geospatial education community and opportunities to collaborate with one another. 

Presenters:

  • Joshua Sadvari, Geospatial Information Librarian, The Ohio State University Libraries
  • Dr. Emma Slayton, Data Curation, Visualization, and GIS Specialist, Carnegie Mellon University Libraries

 

Please register for Locating Libraries in the Geospatial Education Community on Apr 29, 2020 3:00 PM EDT at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2698247020072368652

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

April 8, 2020 | American Association of Geographers, Denver CO

Virtual Session details: April 8, 3:00-5:30 pm (EST), Role Of Libraries in Geography and GIS Education

Zoom link to attend: https://cmu.zoom.us/j/631076849, Meeting ID: 631 076 849, password: ROLGGE

We had two sessions scheduled for the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers, Denver CO. The physical meeting was cancelled but we are having the sessions as a Virtual Session. The goal of our session is to bring together librarians, researchers, and others to discuss how they are teaching geographic principles and GIS software in informal-academic spaces and assessing the impact of their work. We have librarians, geographers and folks from industry lined up, so come check out their talks and be part of the conversation.

February 3, 2020 | Kickoff Meeting and Local Conversation, Pittsburgh PA.

This was our first conversation to kick off the project. Local librarians, educators and data managers came together to discuss the questions listed above and any other relevant topics for the day. The event was held at Hunt Libary in Studio A, from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm.

Notes from our discussion can be read here in our notes document. As the project progresses we will be providing insights so stay tuned. Or get involved in the conversations!