The Largest GIS Day: How a 3-Hour Booth turned into a 3-Day Event Institutional Repository Document uri icon

abstract

  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) research and education are increasingly supported and promoted by academic libraries. GIS Day, an annual event celebrating GIS technologies and applications, provides an excellent outreach opportunity for librarians. GIS Day at Texas A&M University began as a small information booth in the library lobby and has become “the biggest GIS Day in the US” with broad participation and investment. It is now a three-day event hosted by the University Libraries. The event is a collaborative effort by the University Libraries, departments from three colleges – Architecture, Agrilife Sciences, and Geosciences – and administrative units such as Facilities Coordination and Transportation Services. In 2016, 35 events were held, including workshops, panelist sessions, career fair, and multiple competitions all with the purpose to educate attendees, build collaboration across campus, and provide networking opportunities between students and industry. Through event photos, participant feedback and data, and textual elements, this poster details the growth of GIS Day at Texas A&M, the important role the University Libraries plays, and lessons learned in planning a large, interdepartmental event.

author list (cited authors)

  • Laddusaw, S., Smith, C., Arant-Kaspar, W., & Goldberg, D.

publication date

  • June 2017