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2 Spatial Data (GIS) Support For Multiple Disciplines With Land Surveying Engineering As The Lead Element: A Work In Progress At The Penn State Wilkes-Barre Campus Bruce Reid, Head Librarian, Penn State Wilkes-Barre Dr. Frank Derby, Associate Professor of Surveying and Geographic Information Systems, Penn State Wilkes-Barre

3 Agenda Background: General Information about GIS at Penn State Wilkes-Barre Background: General Information about GIS at Penn State Wilkes-Barre How’s and Why’s of GIS AT Penn State Wilkes-Barre How’s and Why’s of GIS AT Penn State Wilkes-Barre Implementation Stages and Processes Implementation Stages and Processes Challenges Faced Challenges Faced Opportunities : Further Actions Opportunities : Further Actions Vision Vision Reflection Reflection Question and Comments Question and Comments

4 Background Demand for GIS applications Demand for GIS applications Library is logical provider & facilitator for GIS Library is logical provider & facilitator for GIS Supply GIS with Land Surveying Engineering as lead element Supply GIS with Land Surveying Engineering as lead element Work in Progress/Follow-up paper 2004 ASEE Conference Work in Progress/Follow-up paper 2004 ASEE Conference Library viewed initiative as expanding services to campus Library viewed initiative as expanding services to campus

5 Copyright 2007 Penn State University

6 How’s and Why’s Focused on geographically dispersed campuses Focused on geographically dispersed campuses Limitations of data communications networks to carry large data packets across campus during research activities Limitations of data communications networks to carry large data packets across campus during research activities Software operated on remote system can cause librarian support problems Software operated on remote system can cause librarian support problems

7 Implementation Stages & Processes Purchase of visualization support system Purchase of visualization support system Computer systems staff assistance Computer systems staff assistance System located away from traffic (controlled) System located away from traffic (controlled) Licensing agreements and review Licensing agreements and review Training of Librarian/Staff Training of Librarian/Staff Inventory of free database & internet sites Inventory of free database & internet sites

8 United States Government and State Sources

9 “ The change process runs through phases that require a removal of obstacles and realizing that change usually takes a longer time, can improve the chances of success.” John Kotter, Leading Change: Why Transformation Efforts Fail

10 Challenges Unforeseen Obstacles: Unforeseen Obstacles: GIS degree program placed on hold (administrative)GIS degree program placed on hold (administrative) Potential trainers changed jobs/relocatedPotential trainers changed jobs/relocated New Library building commissionedNew Library building commissioned Software licensing restrictionsSoftware licensing restrictions

11 “ The change process runs through phases that require a removal of obstacles and realizing that change usually takes a longer time, can improve the chances of success.” John Kotter, Leading Change: Why Transformation Efforts Fail

12 Opportunities-Further Action Delay caused GIS interest to heighten Delay caused GIS interest to heighten U. Park now provides training for campuses: U. Park now provides training for campuses: Workshops Workshops ESRI Software Training from Geography Dept. ESRI Software Training from Geography Dept. World Campus online Certificate programs World Campus online Certificate programs Systems are stronger and more reliable Systems are stronger and more reliable Student excitement about GIS potential Student excitement about GIS potential Business, AOJ, and other new faculty now desiring applications Business, AOJ, and other new faculty now desiring applications Potential for Grants and cooperative ventures with other schools and programs. Potential for Grants and cooperative ventures with other schools and programs.

13 Vision Deliver GIS services to the Wilkes-Barre campus community. Deliver GIS services to the Wilkes-Barre campus community. Offer GIS services to other educational establishments including universities and local high schools. Offer GIS services to other educational establishments including universities and local high schools. Supply potential GIS services designed for homeland security. Supply potential GIS services designed for homeland security.

14 Reflection Work within the objectives and priorities of the campus and university as a whole Work within the objectives and priorities of the campus and university as a whole Rate of implementation is greatly influenced by the economic, organizational and institutional priorities of both campuses Rate of implementation is greatly influenced by the economic, organizational and institutional priorities of both campuses Library should remain focused & maintain interest that has been generated Library should remain focused & maintain interest that has been generated

15 Sources The Article: Leading Change: “Why Transformation Efforts Fail" by John Kotter. Harvard Business Review,March-April 1995 The Book: Leading Change by John Kotter. Harvard Business School Press, United States Government and State Sources Databases provided by Penn State Library United States Government and State Sources Databases provided by Penn State Library United States Government and State Sources Databases provided by Penn State Library United States Government and State Sources Databases provided by Penn State Library Images taken from Google Images Images taken from Google Images

16 Questions? Comments Thank you for your time.


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