Geographic Information Librarianship
Associate Professor Tony Grubesic, Ph.D. (Drexel University), and Assistant Professor Wade Bishop, Ph.D. (University of Kentucky), were awarded the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant via the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) in their 'programs to build institutional capacity' category. The grant amount was awarded at $345,270, with matching funds totaling $238,698.
The project, known as the 'Geographic Information Librarianship' project (GIL), is a two-year curricular research collaboration between Drexel University and the University of Kentucky that will serve to bolster librarian management and preservation of resources created by an array of geospatial tools. The goal of this project is to formally integrate Geographic Information Systems (GIS) into library and information science (LIS) curricula at the two universities. The objectives of the project are to create two online GIL courses, implement a recruitment plan and deliver the two online GIL courses at both institutions; use a survey validation study of the knowledge, skills, and abilities to inform LIS curricula; and increase GIS related research in LIS. These developed GIL courses will then be permanently offered by the two schools on a biannual basis.