Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Nov: Getting Started with GIS (LITA)

November 11 - December 1, 2013 with asynchronous weekly lectures, tutorials, assignments, and group discussion. There will be one 80 minute lecture to view each week, along with two tutorials and one assignment that will take 1-3 hours to complete, depending on the student. 

Getting Started with GIS is a three week course modeled on Eva Dodsworth's LITA Guide of the same name. The course provides an introduction to GIS technology and GIS in libraries. Through hands on exercises, discussions and recorded lectures, students will acquire skills in using GIS software programs, social mapping tools, map making, digitizing, and researching for geospatial data. This three week course provides introductory GIS skills that will prove beneficial in any library or information resource position.
No previous mapping or GIS experience is necessary.  Some of the mapping applications covered include:
  • Google Earth and KML Interactive Sampler
  •  Google Maps Engine Light (just released)
  •  BatchGeo
  •  Google Fusion
  •  ArcGIS.com
  •  ArcGIS for Desktop
  •  Quantum GIS
Participants will gain the following GIS skills:
  • Knowledge of popular online mapping resources
  • ability to create an online map
  • an introduction to GIS, GIS software and GIS data
  • an awareness of how other libraries are incorporating GIS technology into their library services and projects

  • LITA Member: $135
  • ALA Member: $195
  • Non-member: $260