Chapter 2

Spatial Thinking and Geo-Literacy

Abstract

Spatial thinking is a type of reasoning or literacy that can be used for navigating the world. In this context, it is referred to as geospatial thinking or geo-literacy. Maps are the graphical tools that convey this location-based information and geo-literacy, an essential concept for interpreting and using maps. Being geo-literate goes beyond traversing points A to B, and cartographers create many different map types that broadly fall into two categories of reference or thematic maps. Reference maps show where things are and thematic maps communicate a specific message about the world. Some of the mapping techniques and map types that librarians will encounter are defined and illustrated ...

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