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GIS in Academic Libraries. Jill Knoke-Staggs Special Collections Intern [email protected] What is GIS?. You are here!. UARK is already embracing GIS. /. GIS – Geographic Information Systems. Spatially Yours. Example:.

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gis in academic libraries

GIS in Academic Libraries

Jill Knoke-Staggs

Special Collections Intern

[email protected]

what is gis
What is GIS?

You are here!

uark is already embracing gis
UARK is already embracing GIS
why use gis in academic libraries
Why use GIS in Academic Libraries?

A Picture…

…is worth 1000 words

  • i·ro·ny
  • 1    [ahy-ruh-nee, ahy-er-]  noun, plural i·ro·nies.1.the use of words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of its literal meaning: the irony of her reply, “How nice!” when Isaid I had to work all weekend.
  • 2.Literature .a.a technique of indicating, as through character or plotdevelopment, an intention or attitude opposite to thatwhich is actually or ostensibly stated.
  • b.(especially in contemporary writing) a manner oforganizing a work so as to give full expressiontocontradictory or complementary impulses, attitudes,etc., especially as a means of indicating detachmentfrom a subject, theme, or emotion.
  • 3.Socratic irony.
  • 4.dramatic irony.
  • outcome of events contrary to what was, or might have been, expected.
definition of gis
Definition of GIS
  • Geographical Information Systems is a collection of computer hardware, software (GIS program), and geographic data for capturing, managing, analyzing, and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information.
  • 5 elements: Hardware, Software, Data, Methods & People
can the ua libraries use this
Can the UA Libraries use this?
  • Eva Dodsworth and Andrew Nicholson, 2011, “Google Earth Usage in Academic Libraries” survey, (January, 2011, unpublished).
  • Over 80 responses, US and Canada
    • 45% use Google Mapping Products on a weekly basis (27% use them more than 3 times a week)
    • 82% (58) used these products to answer research questions
    • 61% (43) used these products for creating or accessing a finding aid tool
    • 56% (40) for instruction purposes
    • 27% for promotion/marketing
    • 20% (14) have used them for project work such as georeferencing imagery, for use in webpages and for training purposes
    • For more information on Ms. Dodsworth’s studies, pick up her book, Getting Started with GIS, A LITA Guide. Or visit her site:
anyone can make a map
Anyone can make a map!
  • Neogeography - Essentially, Neogeography is about people using and creating their own maps, on their own terms and by combining elements of an existing toolset. Andrew Turner, 2007.

anyone can make a map1
Anyone can make a map! 1st create a database

then upload it….

anyone can make a map2
Anyone can make a map! Choose pins and insert a key

answering patron questions
Answering Patron Questions
the view from up there
The view from up there
  • Sample patron question: I would like to get a better idea of the landscape around Thorncrown Chapel (designed by architect Fay Jones). Can you give me an idea?
researchers use google earth
Researchers use Google Earth
  • Archeologists often use satellite and aerial imagery to study land formations. This helps them determine where to locate their next dig.
  • This interesting looking area is Scott, AR where the Toltec Indian Mounds are located.
view historical maps
View historical maps

Bauxite Mines Alcoa

Bauxite Mines Norton-Alcoa

Today (2012)

  • 1994

Maps could be used in the historical sketch’s of larger collections. This map references this collection 

mapping the stacks
Mapping the Stacks
  • Mullins Library
  • Tisch Library

thank you

Thank you!

For more information on GIS, contact me at[email protected] or Kate Dougherty at [email protected]