Spatial Literacy, Part II

Spatial Literacy II: Incorporation of Maps and GIS

Next Session: March 25 - April 8, 2013

LAST CHANCE!!** Register online now! Or, register by mail or fax by downloading the registration form (PDF format.)

**The last time Spatial Literacy II will be offered through RUSA will be March 25 - April 8.

Course Objectives and Description

Since the emergence of dynamic and easily accessible online mapping tools, there has been a drastic increase in geographic interest and awareness. Whether for personal, social, professional or academic use, people are using Geographic Information System (GIS) technology to communicate information in a map format. Whether it’s using Google Earth to study urban change, or creating Google Map Mashups to show cemetery locations, more and more members of society are turning to online mapping programs for their visualization needs. With so many using GIS technology in their daily lives, it is time to train librarians to not only assist library clients with their inquiries, but to use the technology themselves.

This three week course incorporates the geospatial literacy and mapping skills developed in the course “Introduction to Spatial Literacy and Online Mapping” and teaches how to apply it in library services. Librarians in any information resource position will be able to apply their newly developed Web 2.0 mapping skills in their reference work, library projects, library administration, collection delivery, instruction, outreach and promotion.

PREREQUISITES: Completion of “Introduction to Spatial Literacy and Online Mapping”.

Examples of topics include:

  • Map Literacy in the library setting : staff development and training
  • Using Maps and GIS in Library Projects : Geocoding Personal Databases and Georeferencing
  • Introduction to GIS Software; Geospatial Information Services

The course will include:

  • Online lessons – 2 hours a week
  • Two Assignments
  • Two Tutorials
  • One Discussion Question

Course Format

Beginning in 2008, ALA will use Moodle for all online educational courses. Learn more about Moodle at

The course site will open one week prior to the start date for students to access Moodle instructions and set their browsers appropriately. The course site will remain open one week after the end date for students to complete any assignments and submit the course evaluation survey.


Eva Dodsworth is the Geospatial Data Services Librarian at the University of Waterloo Map Library in Waterloo, Ontario, where she is responsible for the provision of leadership and expertise in developing, delivering, and assessing geospatial data services and programs offered to members of the UW community. Eva’s particular interests focus on the promotion, teaching and training of GIS-related resources to the novice student, faculty and librarian. Eva is also a part-time instructor at a number of Library and Information Studies Programs in North America.

Registration Information

Registration limit for each session: 30

Registrations for this session will no longer be accepted once the 30 student limit is reached.

Registration Fees:

  • $130 for RUSA members
  • $175 for ALA members
  • $210 for non-ALA members
  • $100 for student members and retired members

How to Register:

  • Online
  • By Fax: download, complete, and fax form (PDF format) to (312) 280-1538
  • By Mail: download, complete, and mail form (PDF format) to American Library Association, ATTN: MACS/Online CE Registration, 50 E. Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611