This is an Asynchronous Learning program, taking place from Sunday, April 21st to Sunday, May 5th. A link to all program resources will be distributed to registrants via email on April 21st. Participants can access and complete the on-demand tutorials and assignments* at their convenience during the two-week period, receiving online feedback and guidance from the course facilitator as-needed. In order to officially complete the course, all assignments must be completed by May 5th.
Introduction to Geospatial Literacy is a two week course consisting of a combination of recorded lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on tutorials. Created specifically for library staff, this course will provide students with an introduction to the latest and greatest 'geo' technologies currently being used by library administrators, librarians, library support staff, and library users.
Participants will learn firsthand how to create online maps; how to properly use maps in library webpages; how to embed GIS technology into library projects (and the benefits of it!); and how to enjoy GIS and mapping technologies in personal endeavours. Students will be exposed to many online resources that are currently being used by public, academic, and special libraries across North America. No previous mapping or GIS experience is necessary. Some of the online applications covered include:
- Google Maps and Google Earth
- Scribble Maps
- Government mapping resources
Students will gain the following Geospatial literacy skills:
- Knowledge of popular online mapping resources
- Ability to create an online map
- An introduction to the concept of GIS and GIS software
- An awareness of how other libraries are incorporating GIS technology into their library services and projects
*There will be two recorded modules, totalling 2.5 hours of instruction. There will be four tutorials assigned, as well as two mapping assignments. Please expect to spend at least three hours each week on these mapping exercises.
Registration is open to all METRO, myMETRO, and NY3Rs members at