Ionian University     Department of Archives and Library ScienceLaboratory on Digital Libraries and Electronic Publishing ...
Session OverviewGeospatial Collections Development PoliciesPrevious StudiesObjectives of the studyMethodologyFindingsFutur...
Geospatial Collections Development Policies (GCDPs) (1/2)   Collection development policies consist of a universal process...
Geospatial Collections Development Policies (GCDPs) (2/2)  «Geospatial data collection development policies (GCDPs) differ...
Previous researches in GIS in              Previous researches inLibraries                                  CDPs in Librar...
Objectives of the study1) How many libraries with GIS services have geospatial   collection development policies?2) What k...
Methodology• Lib-web-cats and Libweb directories for locating academic  libraries• Academic libraries in universities whic...
Sample : 160 Academic Libraries            ECQTG 2011            8
Libraries with GIS                                              Libraries with GISGIS from the Library48/160              ...
1) How many libraries with GIS services have geospatial  collection development policies?11/48 had                        ...
2) What kind of services they offer?• Infrastructure                                SERVICES  16/48                     IN...
3) Do they use commercial or open source software?• Commercial Software29/48                            FOSS; 11; 28%• FOS...
RESULTS ACCORDING REGIONS  Libraries with GIS/Region          ECQTG 2011          13
Libraries with GCDPs/Region          ECQTG 2011          14
Services/Region   ECQTG 2011     15
GIS software / Regions      ECQTG 2011         16
Resuming results (1/2)• Geospatial collections are not particularly developed by  academic libraries worldwide even if the...
Resuming results (2/2)• Canada is the geographic region that mostly incorporates  geospatial collection policies and GIS s...
Future work• What are the main characteristics of the existence  geospatial collections policies?• Are there any homogenei...
Thank you!!!             Any Questions??ECQTG 2011                      20
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Geospatial Collection Development Policies (GCDPs) in Academic Libraries: a worldwide research

  1. 1. Ionian University Department of Archives and Library ScienceLaboratory on Digital Libraries and Electronic Publishing “Geospatial Collection Development Policies (GCDPs) in Academic Libraries: a worldwide research” Ifigenia Vardakosta Sarantos Kapidakis Laboratory of Digital Libraries and Electronic Publishing Department of Archives and Library Science {ifigenia, sarantos@ionio.gr}
  2. 2. Session OverviewGeospatial Collections Development PoliciesPrevious StudiesObjectives of the studyMethodologyFindingsFuture work ECQTG 2011 2
  3. 3. Geospatial Collections Development Policies (GCDPs) (1/2) Collection development policies consist of a universal process in the library world that permits the library to develop a collection in correspondence with the information needs of the user thus currently establishing various trends: • the satisfaction needs of the users, • the use of new technologies, • the increase of the plans for cooperation, • the forms of presentation of information, • the increase of technological and financial resources (Sanchez Vignau & Meneses, 2005) ECQTG 2011 3
  4. 4. Geospatial Collections Development Policies (GCDPs) (2/2) «Geospatial data collection development policies (GCDPs) differ from traditional paper-map policies” (Erwin & Sweetkind-Singer, 2010) • there is no uniform data model, • geospatial data vary widely in the amount of information they show, • these data are being stored in relational geodatabases requiring sophisticated storage and archiving schemes, • geospatial imagery datasets are often quite large and metadata may be voluminous as well, • geospatial data may be produced over time, • are subject to versioning because of updated information being made available or to correct past errors in the data (Janee, 2009 ; Erwin & Sweetkind-Singer, 2010) ECQTG 2011 4
  5. 5. Previous researches in GIS in Previous researches inLibraries CDPs in Libraries 1999 (ARL) 53/64 libraries  1977 (ARL) 29% out of 70 were using GIS services libraries had written policies2005 (Kinikin and Hench ) 1980 (Bryant) 43% of 22/138 libraries had some texts 2005a (Kinikin and Hench) 1989 (Taborsky & Lenkowski) 11/21 58% had written policies2006 (Gabbaldon and (some were mission Repplinger ) 31/103 statements)2009 (Good) 90% of univ. 1995 (Futas) 1/3 of2011 (Vardakosta and Kapidakis) academic libraries in USA 95/133 didn’t have written policies 2007 (ARL) 98% of libraries had a librarian ECQTG 2011 devoted to CDPs 5
  6. 6. Objectives of the study1) How many libraries with GIS services have geospatial collection development policies?2) What kind of services they offer?3) Do they use commercial or open source software? ECQTG 2011 6
  7. 7. Methodology• Lib-web-cats and Libweb directories for locating academic libraries• Academic libraries in universities which operate departments whose curricula are based in the use of geospatial information and GIS e.g. geography, earth sciences, environmental sciences etc.• From initial list excepted those libraries that prevent access or there was an absence of translated pages in the english language. ECQTG 2011 7
  8. 8. Sample : 160 Academic Libraries ECQTG 2011 8
  9. 9. Libraries with GIS Libraries with GISGIS from the Library48/160 102GIS from Department/Lab 12010/160 100Libraries with no GIS 80 48102/160 60 40 10 20 0 LIBR/GIS GIS/DEP/LAB NO GIS ECQTG 2011 9
  10. 10. 1) How many libraries with GIS services have geospatial collection development policies?11/48 had LIBR WITH GCDPGeospatial CollectionDevelopment Policies GCDP; 11 GIS LIBR; 48 ECQTG 2011 10
  11. 11. 2) What kind of services they offer?• Infrastructure SERVICES 16/48 INFRASTRUCT. 16• Remote Access 10/48 REMOTE ACCESS 10• User Education 17/48 USER EDUCAT. 17 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 ECQTG 2011 11
  12. 12. 3) Do they use commercial or open source software?• Commercial Software29/48 FOSS; 11; 28%• FOSS (supplementary)11/29 COMM; 29; 72% ECQTG 2011 12
  13. 13. RESULTS ACCORDING REGIONS Libraries with GIS/Region ECQTG 2011 13
  14. 14. Libraries with GCDPs/Region ECQTG 2011 14
  15. 15. Services/Region ECQTG 2011 15
  16. 16. GIS software / Regions ECQTG 2011 16
  17. 17. Resuming results (1/2)• Geospatial collections are not particularly developed by academic libraries worldwide even if they serve academic communities with geospatial interests.• Geospatial Collection Development Policies are not used by geolibraries.• User Education is recognized as an important service.• Commercial software covers the main needs of libraries.• FOSS are used supplementary by libraries and not as the main software for covering their needs. ECQTG 2011 17
  18. 18. Resuming results (2/2)• Canada is the geographic region that mostly incorporates geospatial collection policies and GIS services in academic libraries.• Europe and Australia although they have developed geospatial collections however they do not seem to follow specific policies.• Middle East, Africa, Asia and South America are not familiar with the development of geospatial collections.• In Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand libraries selects commercial software for providing services, although FOSS are used supplementary. ECQTG 2011 18
  19. 19. Future work• What are the main characteristics of the existence geospatial collections policies?• Are there any homogeneity among policies;• Are policies related to a well developed collection and services? ECQTG 2011 19
  20. 20. Thank you!!! Any Questions??ECQTG 2011 20

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