Resource management is an important part of information science. With new and innovative technologies in the field of GIS, it is necessary to have a broad knowledge of spatial data resources, government resources, and commercial resources. There are streamlining benefits of using GIS in the field of information science and it is vital to understand the context and culture of geospatial data. This competency is specific to Map/GIS librarianship and relates to my interests for my future career. This field requires a background in geography/GIS/information science and an ability to understand geospatial management methods.
I was able to gain significant knowledge and experience in resource management through my work in Using Geographic Information Systems to Improve Community Initiatives Regarding Obesity in the United States. This research project introduced me to a variety of GIS resources and taught me various research strategies in accessing and retrieving geospatial data.
I also was able to gain knowledge and experience using government spatial data resources and global GIS resources with my research involved in the geospatial discovery project. I also gained in-depth knowledge of data discovery tools and repositories which allowed me to retrieve the necessary maps, statistics, and data for this project.
Creating a cartographic metadata record allowed me to gain knowledge in spatial metadata standards, as well as the system requirements for GIS. I also learned about data reformatting and manipulation in regard to retrieving metadata records from GIS repositories.
Resource Management by Map, GIS and Cataloging/Metadata Librarian Core Competencies
- Broad knowledge of spatial analysis
- Government resources including local, state, national, and international
- Commercial resources
- Research and other user-generated resources
- Knowledge of spatial metadata standards and issues
- Ability to promote metadata standards and educate users regarding metadata
- In-depth knowledge of data discovery tools and data repositories
- GIS metadata and data portals
- Competence in data reformatting and manipulation
- Competence in building data discovery tools
- Current knowledge of system requirements for GIS
- Solid communication techniques and computer knowledge
- Knowledge of requirements for software and hardware
- Competence in upgrading software/hardware technology