Skip to Main Content

Geography Week & GIS Day (November 2021): Event Series Schedule

NSU Libraries are celebrating Geography Awareness Week and GIS Day November 13-21, 2021.

New event series focused on geography, and the relationships between living beings and their environments. Learn about digital humanities, community planning, writing, information visualization, data discovery, geospatial education, story mapping, ArcGIS, and EndNote.


All Times are EST.

Alvin Sherman Librarian Stacy R. Allsop moderated all the workshops listed in the 2021 schedule.


Saturday November 13, 1:00-3:00pm

"Writing: Mapping Your Plot, Mapping Your Story"

Richard Toumey, MFA

View Recording

Learn how to lay out an organic progression for your story or other narrative, and create a believable map for that layout using the Tree Model (coordinate plot) and the Eagle Model (epic journey). Includes examples of storytelling "fails" and using familiar places in unfamiliar ways.


Saturday November 13, 4:00-5:00pm

"ArcGIS & StoryMaps: Ghost Hunting Expedition Tutorial"

Amanda Furiasse, PhD

View Recording

Learn how to map raw data with ArcGIS online, add layers to the map, and integrate the completed map into an ArcGIS Story Map. 


Monday November 15, 11:30am-12:30pm

"Medical Humanities: Course Project Showcase"

Amanda Furiasse, PhD

View Recording

Learn how ArcGIS was used to visualize Fort Lauderdale's healthcare system. Students will explain how they gathered data to build a Story Map which explored the health and healing practices of indigenous healers in the Fort Lauderdale area.


Tuesday November 16, 12:00-1:00pm

"EndNote: Adding, Editing, and Managing References from the Web"

Librarians: Melinda Johnson, MA/MLIS, & Daisy De La Rosa, MLIS

View Recording

Are you already using EndNote? Did you know there are multiple ways to add and edit your references? This session will provide an overview of multiple ways to add sources into your EndNote desktop library as well as tips on editing and troubleshooting references. NSU Libraries EndNote Guide:


Tuesday November 16, 3:00-4:00pm

"Story Maps: The NSU Center for Humanities and Immigration Stories"

David P. Kilroy, PhD, & Marlisa Santos, PhD

View Recording

This presentation will showcase an ongoing project begun by the NSU Center for the Humanities in 2019 and the use of ArcGIS. The Stories of Home project features a number of story-mapped immigration narratives about homelands and homecomings. 


Tuesday November 16, 5:00-6:00pm

"Story Cafe: Trust, Engagement, & Strategic Community Planning"

Judith McKay, PhD, & Librarian Stacy R. Allsop, MIS/MLS

View Recording

Story Café is programming designed to help people engage through facilitated conversations and story sharing. For dialogue and strategic planning to be successful you need to establish trust. Collaborations with local community organizations, such as libraries, will help further the goals.


Wednesday November 17, 12:00-1:30pm

"Geographic Information Systems (GIS) as the Final Frontier to Geospatial Education"

Thomas Wuerzer, PhD

View Recording

The presentation will give an overview of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and the geospatial “powers” that are connecting location, data, information, and visualization while forming an information product. 


Wednesday November 17, 2:00-3:00pm

"PolicyMap: Data Visualization and Beyond"

Librarian: Melissa Maria Johnson, MA/MLIS

View Recording

Don't just read research results -- see them! Add a contextual layer to presentations and publications. Learn PolicyMap key features and how to access this resource. (There is a public version and a login-required version available via the NSU Libraries.)


Wednesday November 17, 5:00-6:00pm

"Data Intelligence & Discovery: Datasets, Repositories, Studies, and Patents"

Librarian: Stacy R. Allsop, MIS/MLS

View Recording

(Clarivate's "Data Citation Index" & "Derwent Innovations Index")


Thursday November 18, 12:00-1:00pm

"Locating Health Data"

Librarians: Daisy De La Rosa, MLIS, & Melinda Johnson, MA/MLIS

View Recording

Learn how to search for, and locate public health data from various government sources and agencies.


Thursday November 18, 3:00-4:00pm 

"Business Intelligence & Data Visualization for Smarter Decision Making"

Phyllis Chasser, PhD

View Recording

It is important to comprehend and utilize data that can improve strategic decision making. The data tells a story from beginning to end and must be presented to an audience in a way that is easy for them to understand. Telling the story is helped by delivering fast analytics, visualization, and business intelligence.


Friday November 19, 12:00-1:00pm

"GIS and Participatory Mapping"

Elena Bastidas, PhD, & Eric Householder, MA

View Recording

Receive an introduction to Geographic Information System (GIS) technology. See examples of participatory mapping in South American communities. There is potential for the two methodologies being used for sustainable development initiatives, and interdisciplinary projects.