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Gis in academic libraries

GIS in Academic Libraries

Jill Knoke-Staggs

Special Collections Intern

What is gis
What is GIS?

You are here!

Uark is already embracing gis
UARK is already embracing GIS


Spatially yours
Spatially Yours

  • Example:

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  • Eva Dodsworth and Andrew Nicholson, 2011, “Google Earth Usage in Academic Libraries” survey, (January, 2011, unpublished).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 or Kate Dougherty at