For immediate release | March 6, 2012

LITA Web Course: Getting Started with GIS

CHICAGO - LITA is pleased to announce the availability of a new Web Course: Getting Started with GIS, presented by Eva Dodsworth, geospatial data services librarian at the University of Waterloo Map Library. The three-week course will be held April 9-30, 2012 and will consist of a combination of asynchronous lectures, demonstrations and hands-on tutorials.

Modeled on Eva Dodsworth's LITA Guide of the same name, Getting Started with GIS will provide participants with an introduction to both the online and desktop GIS 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 Web pages; how to embed GIS technology into library projects; and how to enjoy GIS and mapping technologies in personal endeavors. 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. For registration and additional information, visit:

Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) members are information technology professionals dedicated to educating, serving, and reaching out to the entire library and information community. LITA is a division of the American Library Association.


Melissa Prentice