Libraries Workshop Series: GIS for Librarians
November 26, 2019
2:00 pm-3:00 pm
Library, W.E.B. Du Bois
UMass Amherst Campus
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a catch-all term for the software that helps researchers create stellar maps and explore spatial patterns in their data. If you have ever used Google Maps to scope out your neighborhood or checked out interactive maps on the web, you already have experience using an Online GIS. But the software can be used for a lot more than just displaying information. GIS is an essential tool for identifying spatial patterns over space and time and has wide-ranging applications in nearly every field – from analyzing crime stats to mapping archaeological artifacts, building effective architectural infrastructure, and tracking the spread of disease. This one-hour workshop is designed to give librarians an overview of GIS and provide a glimpse into its potential applications in a wide array of disciplines.