GIS Librarians for Open Workflows (GLOW) Forums

The GIS Librarians for Open Workflows (GLOW) Forums will convene in-person at the University of Chicago in December 2022 and May 2023 to discuss the workflows of librarians and library staff supporting geographic information systems. The project will also host conference workshops throughout the academic year and a virtual session.

Our conversations will center on concrete examples from social justice, health, and infrastructure application areas to inform the to inform shared vocabularies and practices. Sessions will feature expert speakers, interactive activities, and group discussion. While the number of attendees will be limited, there will be other opportunities to participate in the project during Forum 2 and upcoming workshops that will be announced.

Forum 1 will be December 7 - 9, 2022 on the UChicago campus in Hyde Park, Chicago.

Forum Activities

Here are the types of activities that we are developing for the final program:

  • Developing a Curriculum (DACUM) exercise to describe and share the range of responsibilities and tasks among participants;
  • A facilitated discussion of workflows through the lens of three examples - social justice, health, and infrastructure - which will draw out the complementary and unique consultation needs of interdisciplinary research;
  • Two presentations by interdisciplinary researchers in the areas of social justice, health, and infrastructure, on their geospatial support needs (as components of the workflow discussion);
  • Several sessions of role playing to model the types of exchanges that characterize both typical and unique consultations and queries for data, software usage, and mapping solutions;
  • Participants sharing their experiences on their use of geospatial OERs: creating, modifying, adopting, revising. We want to know what materials (formats, focus) have consistently worked best for them over time and why these have worked, and what they are less satisfied with, and why.