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Announcing GIS Day at the Library of Congress on Wednesday, November 14th!

The Library of Congress is proud to celebrate GIS Day on Wednesday, November 14th, with a morning of engaging talks and discussions on the theme of “GIS in K-12 Education: from Data to STEM.” We are pleased to feature Representative Bruce Westerman (AR-4), who will speak about the Geospatial Data Act and the role of GIS (Geographic Information Systems) in education and policymaking.

The event will be held in the Mumford Room (LM-649) on the Sixth Floor of the Madison Building (101 Independence Ave. SE, Washington, D.C.). In addition to Representative Westerman, the morning session, which will run from 9am to 12:15pm, will also include guest speakers from the Library of Congress, the American Association of Geographers, and Esri, who will provide diverse perspectives on promoting GIS in K-12 education and how spatial thinking can drive innovation in schools and libraries. Following the morning session, the Geography and Map Division (LM-B01, on the Basement Floor of the Madison Building) will host an Open House from 1pm to 3pm.

The event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not needed. Individuals requiring accommodations for this event are requested to submit a request at least five business days in advance by contacting (202) 707-6362 or [email protected].

Map of eastern United States with purple background and white dots over population centers, evoking nighttime lights.

Detail from “Night lights : [satellite view of the world],” NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center, 2004. Geography and Map Division, Library of Congress.


8:30am-9:00am – Coffee and Pastries

9:00am-9:15am – Welcome Remarks
Paulette Hasier, Chief of Geography and Map Division, Library of Congress

9:15am-9:30am – Education, Geographic Information and STEM
John Hessler, Specialist in Geographic Information Science, Library of Congress

9:30am-9:50am – Spatial Thinking for Innovation
Kathy Hart, Head of Geography and Map Division Reference Team and Reading Room, Library of Congress

10:00am-10:20pm – The Geospatial Data Act, Education and Policy
Representative Bruce Westerman (AR-4)

10:30am-10:45am – Coffee Break

10:45am-11:05am – GeoMentors: A Nationwide Volunteer Network Supporting GIS in K-12 Education
Candice Luebbering, Senior Research Geographer and Director of Outreach and Engagement, American Association of Geographers

11:05am-11:25am – GIS in Schools
Charlies Fitzpatrick, Schools Program Manager, Esri

11:25am-11:45am – Visualizing the Library of Congress Card Catalog with Literary Maps
Kathleen McGuigan, Education Resources Specialist, Library of Congress

11:45am-12:15am – All Speakers Question Session

1:00pm-3:00pm – Geography and Map Division Open House

We hope to see you there!

Mapping the Way to Nirvana: a Burmese Theravada Buddhist Carving

In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true.  –Guatama Buddha Recently, the Library of Congress’ Geography and Map Division, acquired a rare eighteenth century carving of a Theravada Buddhist cosmography that originally came from Myanmar (formerly known […]