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The Penn State Symposium for Teaching and Learning with Technology is both an annual event and a year-round online discussion of ways that faculty and staff are using technology to enhance teaching, learning, and research.

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Saturday, March 21 • 10:00am - 10:45am
Data Learning Center: Developing Services That Help Students Transform Data into Information

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Students are, sometimes unknowingly, confronted with a myriad of opportunities to use data to make sense of the world around them. They are also being bombarded with seemingly endless technological options that promise to help them make sense of data. This session is intended to start a conversation about strategies that the University Libraries are taking in developing services to help students succeed in transforming data into information.

We will begin by taking a brief look at the current trends in digitization, data publishing, and access. This will be followed by a discussion about the types of demands for data services that we are seeing from students and faculty. We will also talk briefly about existing services for data within the University and the potential for collaboration.

Within this framework, we will discuss initiatives that we are currently working on to help facilitate, develop, and promote our services. We will talk in-depth about what our current interaction with students looks like and how that is informing us in the creation of a data consultation library, training seminars, and other future initiatives.

Finally, we will discuss the unique makeup of our data services team, providing a meaningful discussion about the need for integrating technology with methodological experience and craftsmanship. Whether it is mapping tweets, visualizing text and images, or analyzing data from a survey, students are longing for services that will help them make that leap from access to interpretation and inspiration.


Stefanie Austin

Statistical Information Specialist
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Tara LaLonde

GIS Specialist

Nathan Piekielek

Geospatial Services Librarian, The Pennsylvania State University

Stephen Woods

Social Science Librarian

Saturday March 21, 2015 10:00am - 10:45am
Room 206

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