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Addressing geospatial data needs: fashions and factions in GIS collection development

Presenter 1
Maria A. Jankowska
University of California Los Angeles
Presenter 2
Andy Rutkowski
University of Southern California

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) researchers and users have been at the forefront of creating and using data. GIS collection development within university libraries has evolved and advanced greatly as user demands have increased and become more specialized. Most major universities now either have a GIS specialist or a “data lab” with librarians. The push for addressing data at the university level, whether its data collection, management, or storage, has become common place. This presentation focuses on new and developing trends in users’ demand for geospatial data. We will address questions and issues concerning how these new demands impact academic libraries collection development policies. In particular we focus on four issues: A move from macro data collections to more micro-oriented collections. Nature of geospatial data. What structures are in place to provide access? Need for policy guiding collection development for geospatial data. We give a brief overview of the above issues and focus on the challenges that have persisted through users’ demand for geospatial data. The presentation will look at the challenges through the lens of two specific case studies: the University of California, Los Angeles at Charles E. Young Research Library and the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, GeoPortal.

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