INFO 220-12 [2 Unit]
Resources and Information Services in the Disciplines and Professions - Maps & GIS
Spring 2019 Syllabus
Susie Aber, Ph.D.
Office location: online from Emporia, Kansas [Central Time zone] or LaVeta, Colorado [Mountain Time zone]
Office Hours: Available by appointment using email, phone, and text. I will respond within 24 hours unless I am traveling; I will post travel schedules in advance.
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INFO 220-12 is a special, intensive 2-unit course beginning February 21, 6 am PT. The course is 8 weeks and ends on April 25. It is delivered via the Canvas learning management system.
You will be enrolled in the Canvas site automatically.
This course is the examination of geospatial resources for, and services to, professions and disciplines. Specifically, geoliteracy is defined and explored since maps communicate visually on a grid in print or digital formats. You will get to know the information needs of people who use maps and duties of map librarians who help to locate maps, geospatial data and imagery. Stated another way...
While we are comfortable communicating in work and play across distances tethered to a phone, in the past land line phones tied us to place. Today, we are on the move with mobile cell technology. Cellular phones compel us to ask… Where are you? While you know you are here, how does someone else find the path to get there? If map comes to mind, then you are thinking like a cartographer who studies and maps regional variation in human activity as well as flora and fauna, rocks and stars, weather and natural disasters, and more.
Cartographers work to record routes, describe and illustrate patterns, and show change over time from historic to current landscapes using maps and geospatial data. This is accomplished in graphical terms, coordinated with a scale and an imaginary grid draped over Earth or even the night sky. Yet today with the plethora of online mapping programs and software as well as access to satellites and global positioning systems, the question is not what cartography is, rather how can we be cartographers and where might we find resources needed to orient us and create maps?
No prior knowledge of geography or geoscience, in general, is assumed. All students are welcome whether or not you find your way using global positioning system technologies or familiar landmarks. This course will benefit the geospatially challenged and geography bee winner alike.
The course will be conducted on Canvas. Expectations include required textbook readings and webpage lectures, as well as listening to recorded and live voluntary ZOOM sessions.
Coursework assignments include three projects and seven online Discussion Forum posting tasks. The projects include conducting fieldwork and writing a descriptive report as well as sharing recorded or synchronous summaries via ZOOM. Voluntary Monday ZOOM meetings are scheduled for March 11 and April 8. All assignments must be submitted on or before posted due dates and recorded assignments at least a day ahead of ZOOM sessions if not in attendance. Details are found on the course Canvas site.
Graduate-level work is expected, which includes well-organized, correct grammar/spelling for assignments. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Citations and references must be in APA reference style format.
- Project 1 Information-seeking behaviors - supports CLO #1
and CC J
Students will recognize characteristics of map & GIS users by holding informal conversations and demonstrate competency by:
- describing types and formats of geospatial resources needed
- identifying how these maps & data resources are used
- Project 2 Duties of map librarians - supports CLO #3
and CC I
Students will hold informal conversations with a map/GIS librarian and demonstrate competency by:
- identifying what is done to help map & GIS users
- describing resource types and formats available in the library
- detailing methods used to find and acquire resources off-site
- Project 3 Promoting map and GIS services & resources - supports CLO #4
and CC H
Students will review the results of earlier projects to design a plan for promoting/marketing maps in library settings and demonstrate competency by:
- creating a guide for finding geospatial resources and services at a library OR a tutorial guide detailing instructions using maps or mapping program
- Assignments -Basic Reference, Classifying & Cataloging - supports CLO #2
Students will analyze user experiences and demonstrate competency by:
- accessing and using cartographic resources and services
- locating cartographic resources via library catalog search
Course Required and Recommended Readings
The required textbook for this course covers map librarianship and geoliteracy. For more information on specific aspects of maps and GIS, a listing of recommended books is given in chronological order:
- Dodsworth, E.H. (2018). A research guide to cartographic resources: Print and electronic sources. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
- Dodsworth, E. & Nicholson, A. (2015). Using Google Earth in libraries: A practical guide for librarians. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
- Dodsworth, E. & Laliberte, L.W. (2014). Discovering and using historical geographic resources on the Web: A practical guide for librarians. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
- Dodsworth, E. (2012). Getting started with GIS: A LITA guide. NY: Neal-Schuman Publishers. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
- Abresch, J., Hanson, A., Heron, S.J., & Reehling, P.J. (2008). Integrating geographic information systems into library services: A guide for academic libraries. Hershey, PA: Information Science Publisher.
This 2-unit course is from Thursday, February 21 to Thursday, April 25, 2019. No assignments are due on SJSU holiday observances April 1-5. The calendar below is a guide and subject to change with fair notice.
|Calendar - Dates, Topics, Readings, & Assignments|
|Welcome & Introduction to the Course - Online Lecture & Chapter 1
DF01: Intro to YOU & Maps – Post by 2/28
|Module 1: Maps & GIS Resources – User Needs|
|Project 1: Information-seeking Behaviors: Non-Librarian User & Uses of Maps & GIS
Written report/Recorded session due on or before 3/7; Sharing session 3/11
|Defining Concepts-Maps & Geoliteracy - Online Lecture & Chapters 2-3
DF02: Geoliteracy-Online Geography Games-Post on or before 3/14
|GIS & Remote Sensing - Online Lecture and Chapters 4-5
DF03: Web GIS & VGI Examples -Post on or before 3/14
|You are invited to discuss and share your experiences from
Project 1 How People Use Maps & GIS
MONDAY, 5:30-6:30 pm PT[beginning 6:30 MT, 7:30 CT, 8:30 ET]
|Module 2: Map & GIS Librarians - Duties & Services|
|Project 2: Duties Map & Geospatial Librarians
Written report/Recorded session due on or before 3/31; Sharing session 4/8
|Map & Geospatial Librarianship - Online Lecture & Chapter 6 DF04: Map/GIS Library LibGuide Services – Post on or before 3/28|
|Navigating Labyrinth of Cartographic Resources - Online Lecture & Chapter 7 DF05: Map/GIS Resources – Post on or before 3/28|
Reference Desk Basics -Online Lecture & Chapter 8
|You are invited to discuss and share experiences from
Project 2: A Map/GIS Librarian's Story
MONDAY, 5:30-6:30 pm PDT [beginning 6:30 MT, 7:30 CT, 8:30 ET]
|Module 3: Map Libraries - Analyzing User Experience-Promoting & Marketing Maps|
|Project 3: Promoting Map/GIS Services & Resources
Project DUE on or before 4/25
Collections & Cataloging - Online Lecture & Chapters 9-10
|Promoting & Preserving Resources & Services- Online Lecture & Chapter 11|
|4/25||Congratulations! You did it and it is time to Celebrate!|
|Written Report||25 points|
|Written Report||25 points|
|Written or Recorded Report||20 points|
|Discussion Forum (1-7)||20 points|
- Late assignments will not be accepted without a prior request/consent; late assignments will likely result in a grade penalty.
Incompletes assigned only in extreme cases of documented family or medical emergency within the final days of the course.
Course Workload Expectations
Success in this course is based on the expectation that students will spend, for each unit of credit, a minimum of forty-five hours over the length of the course (normally 3 hours per unit per week with 1 of the hours used for lecture) for instruction or preparation/studying or course related activities including but not limited to internships, labs, clinical practica. Other course structures will have equivalent workload expectations as described in the syllabus.
Instructional time may include but is not limited to:
Working on posted modules or lessons prepared by the instructor; discussion forum interactions with the instructor and/or other students; making presentations and getting feedback from the instructor; attending office hours or other synchronous sessions with the instructor.
Student time outside of class:
In any seven-day period, a student is expected to be academically engaged through submitting an academic assignment; taking an exam or an interactive tutorial, or computer-assisted instruction; building websites, blogs, databases, social media presentations; attending a study group;contributing to an academic online discussion; writing papers; reading articles; conducting research; engaging in small group work.
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
- Recognize the characteristics of map users and use of cartographic resources and services.
- Locate and use cartographic and geospatial information, data resources, and technologies.
- Describe the reference services and duties of map and geospatial librarians.
- Explain and promote map and GIS tools and resources to users.
Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes)
INFO 220 supports the following core competencies:
- H Demonstrate proficiency in identifying, using, and evaluating current and emerging information and communication technologies.
- I Use service concepts, principles, and techniques to connect individuals or groups with accurate, relevant, and appropriate information.
- J Describe the fundamental concepts of information-seeking behaviors.
- Aber, S. W., & Aber, J. W. (2017). Map librarianship: A guide to geoliteracy, map and GIS resources and services. Cambridge, MA: Elsevier: Chandos Publishing. Available through Amazon: B01N02HY7X
- Dodsworth, E. H. (2018). A research guide to cartographic resources: Print and electronic sources. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Available through Amazon: 1538100835
The standard SJSU School of Information Grading Scale is utilized for all iSchool courses:
|97 to 100||A|
|94 to 96||A minus|
|91 to 93||B plus|
|88 to 90||B|
|85 to 87||B minus|
|82 to 84||C plus|
|79 to 81||C|
|76 to 78||C minus|
|73 to 75||D plus|
|70 to 72||D|
|67 to 69||D minus|
In order to provide consistent guidelines for assessment for graduate level work in the School, these terms are applied to letter grades:
- C represents Adequate work; a grade of "C" counts for credit for the course;
- B represents Good work; a grade of "B" clearly meets the standards for graduate level work;
For core courses in the MLIS program (not MARA or Informatics) — INFO 200, INFO 202, INFO 204 — the iSchool requires that students earn a B in the course. If the grade is less than B (B- or lower) after the first attempt you will be placed on administrative probation. You must repeat the class if you wish to stay in the program. If - on the second attempt - you do not pass the class with a grade of B or better (not B- but B) you will be disqualified.
- A represents Exceptional work; a grade of "A" will be assigned for outstanding work only.
Students are advised that it is their responsibility to maintain a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA).
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