Mapping applications workshop offered to students, staff and faculty

September 11, 2014

The University Libraries will host a workshop on mapping applications from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 1, in W315 Pattee Library on the University Park campus of Penn State. It is open to students, staff and faculty.

The workshop consists of a series of presentation slides highlighting the key features, data sources and display capabilities of mapping applications such as PolicyMap, SimplyMap and Social Explorer. These applications are available by subscription via the University Libraries. Participants will learn how to understand the process of selecting and displaying data, where to locate information on data sources and more.

Following the presentation, participants will complete a hands-on portion to gain experience navigating each application. Participants are encouraged to create a map using each application at the end of the session.

Tara Lalonde, geographic information systems specialist at Penn State, says the class will be offered both in person and online, via Adobe Connect. This will enable students and faculty from other Penn State campus locations to participate in the workshop.

Lalonde notes that the mapping applications can be used by researchers in diverse fields. “Scholars in economics, political science, architecture, geography, demography, sociology, criminology, African-American studies, education, public policy, health and human development and business may be interested in how mapping applications can be used in their research to explore spatial trends at local, regional, and national scales,” she says.

To register for the in-class version, go to:

To register for the online (Adobe Connect) class, go to:

For questions about the physical access provided, contact Tara Lalonde at 814-863-5753 or

Last Updated September 12, 2014