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Continuing Education and Events: 09/08 - GIS Data for Librarians

This guide contains current and upcoming events of interest to librarians, archivist, library staff, and others in Capital District Region.

GIS Data for Librarians

Have you ever wondered what GIS is and how librarians across the country are using it?   Interested in supporting just a few community college students in an informal setting with limited commitment? If so please consider participating in this workshop geared just for librarians.  People working in public libraries are especially encouraged to participate. This program has been running in the Rochester region for two years with success, and we are excited to bring it to the Capital Region. 

The instructors for this course, Jon Little and Heather Pierce of Monroe Community College's Geography Department, are participating in a National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education Grant: Meeting Workforce Needs for Skilled Geospatial Technicians through Virtual Geospatial Information Science Technology Education. The grant includes training library staff in basic geospatial programs so they can assist in reducing the digital divide, increase geospatial awareness, and increase student success in geospatial programs.  A tentative agenda for the day is below. 

This is an in-person, hands-on program. It will be held in room B48 (Basement) of University at Albany's University Library, Uptown Campus, 1400 Washington Ave, Albany, NY. Space is limited to 10 participants. No prior knowledge or experience of geospatial technology is needed.  


 9:30-10:00 Registration and coffee
10:05 Welcome and introductions
10:20 What is Geography/Geospatial Technology
10:35 MCC’s GIST Program Current and Future
10:45 Goals of the workshop
10:50 Questions/Break
11:00 Accessing MCC’s virtual geospatial desktop
11:10 Hands on activity: ArcGIS Pro
12:30 pm Lunch Break
1:15 Finish ArcGIS Pro Activity
1:30 Importance of GIS/Geospatial Tech
1:40 Discussion of supporting MCC introductory GIST students through Zoom and Project Data
1:50 Finding GIST data lecture
2:00 Finding GIST data activity
2:35 Questions/Break
2:40 Create text/Zoom account/Meet with student via Zoom day or evening for 10-20 min in Oct/Nov
2:50 Schedule follow-up webinar
2:55 Workshop survey

Registrants are expected to participate in a 1.5 hour webinar later in the fall (date to be determined at the September 8 program) and to provide very basic support via Zoom to up to 5 students for 10-15 minutes each during the fall. 

This program is free to attend. Lunch will NOT be provided, but registrants can bring their own lunches or purchase lunch at the University at Albany's food court in the Student Center.

There are several visitor lots at University at Albany. Visitor parking is available in the locations that are dark green on this campus map. The three best locations for the Main Library are 27, 28 (at Collins Circle), and 30. Registrants will receive a code for free limited-entry parking for the day. 

The campus is also served by CDTA bus routes 11, 12, 114, and 190, which stop near the library at Collins Circle, and route 10, which stops at the entrance on  Western Ave, a 20 minute walk to the library. 

Thursday, September 8, 2022
10:00am - 3:00pm
University Library, University at Albany Uptown Campus
  Continuing Education  


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