GIS technology has evolved into a multidisciplinary research and social tool used by everyone. Dodsworth introduces spatial literacy, online mapping programs, desktop GIS software programs and geospatial data. Written as a primer for librarians without previous GIS experience, it includes several hands-on activities that show you how to bring GIS to your library, along with examples of how to apply it in the real world. You’ll become proficient in mapping technology and learn to work with several GIS tools used by communities, academics and business leaders today.
You’ll also learn how to:
1. Use GeoWeb 2.0 to connect with library users
2. Use editable mapping applications such as Google Earth, Scribble Maps Pro, Google Maps: My Maps, and OpenStreetMap
3. Use GIS software such as Esri’s GIS software, Open Source GIS, and Cloud GIS
4. Incorporate GeoWeb technology into teaching information literacy
5. Integrate Geosocial networking and mobile GIS applications into library services
6. Geo-Digitize content in libraries
7. Distribute library content with map mash-ups
8. Expand and enhance library services with GIS technology
Getting Started with GIS: A LITA Guide makes GIS simple for all library staff. Written by a practitioner who has taught hundreds of public, academic, and special librarians, this book shows you how to use and promote GIS so that it can be utilized by all library users.