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ERIC Number: EJ1074098
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0748-5786
Geospatial Thinking of Information Professionals
Bishop, Bradley Wade; Johnston, Melissa P.
Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, v54 n1 p 15-21 Win 2013
Geospatial thinking skills inform a host of library decisions including planning and managing facilities, analyzing service area populations, facility site location, library outlet and service point closures, as well as assisting users with their own geospatial needs. Geospatial thinking includes spatial cognition, spatial reasoning, and knowledge discovery. A lack of understanding of librarians' geospatial thinking called for some preliminary investigation into the geospatial thinking skills of information professionals. Findings from this pilot study's performance task indicate geospatial thinking skills improved for ten information professionals tested after some training with geospatial technologies. A summary provides recommendations on how to both improve future study of geospatial thinking and suggestions on ways to incorporate geospatial thinking into library and information science curricula.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Kentucky
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