This is so, so great. For the past few years, I have been teaching GIS and spatial analysis courses for Earth & Enviro Sciences, Marketing, and Real Estate, but it has always been a dream of mine to work with library science students to attempt to pass on and convey my excitement and enthusiasm for GIS librarianship. As part of this dream, I have posted practicum opportunities at the UNT School of Library and Information Sciences for the last 4 years. My only bite came over the summer, but the night before the practicum was to start, he/she canceled due to an emergency. Ah well...
Anyway, I am typing this and am giving my first concrete thoughts as to how to structure such a course. Here is my first draft/first thoughts outline of the course:
- What is GIS and what contributions can a library provide to this subject area?
- This will be a nice, but brief overview of GIS and GIS librarianship. The final section (below) will consider the role of GIS librarianship in greater detail, but this will serve as a nice introduction.
- Basics of GIS
- My thoughts are this will take up the first half the course, and will be a condensed version of an Intro to GIS course, with a focus on data types, data acquisition, and data preparation. In essence, the pre-analysis concerns of GIS.
- Marketing GIS services
- Managing GIS data
- This will focus on metadata and the use of various types of metadata catalogs.
- Data Acquisition
- This will focus on selecting and processing datasets from data vendors, public data archives, and government organizations.
- Types of GIS Services Offered by Libraries
- I think it best to end the course with this topic. At this point everyone will have a deeper understanding of the potential and can actually contribute to the conversation. This might even make a great final project.