About the GIL Grant Project

IMLSThe Geographic Information Librarianship (GIL) project is a two-year curricular research collaboration between the University of Tennessee and Drexel University. In 2012, Associate Professor Tony Grubesic, Ph.D.,(Drexel University) and Assistant Professor Wade Bishop, Ph.D., (University of Tennessee) were awarded the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant via the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) in their "Programs to Build Institutional Capacity" category. The grant amount was awarded at $345,270, with matching funds totaling $238,698.

The GIL project will serve to bolster librarian management and preservation of resources created by an array of geospatial tools. The goal of this project is to formally integrate Geographic Information Systems (GIS) into library and information science (LIS) curricula at the two universities.

The objectives of the project are (1) to create two online GIL courses that address the important GIL core competencies; (2) to implement a recruitment plan and deliver the two online GIL courses at both institutions; (3) to build a model using a survey validation study of the knowledge, skills, and abilities to inform LIS curricula; and (4) to increase GIS related research in LIS. These developed GIL courses will then be permanently offered by the two schools on a biannual basis to infuse GIL education into LIS curricula.