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Food Insecurity with GIS Librarian support for LSIS 5240 Sci/Tech Resources and Services  

This food insecurity effort is led by Assistant Professor Tim Mulrooney. Mr. B. Dewayne Branch will act as the GIS librarian. Such is a collaboration between NCCU DEEGS program and the Graduate School of Library Science.
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LSIS Practicum Effort

This Lib Guide is done to promote the collaboration of the Department of Environmental, Earth, and Geospatial Sciences (DEEGS) and the School of Library and Information Scienses (SLIS) using of geographical information systems, (GIS) as a literacy tool. Our project goal is to implement a Food Insecurity project where GIS librarian support is provided.

The goal of GIS librarian support is in terms of projects outreach support, special library development in GIS food security QC/QA data support and event marketing for joint pipeline stimulation between departments. Future courses and grant activity in both departments may be derived from project engagement. Such also outlines Spring 2016 Practicum GIS librarianship engagement and data support for Benjamin Branch.


GIS Special Library Development and QC/QA tasks

Data Baseline: Largest spatial extent from which all research extents will be derived from.

Primary knowledge transfer for GIS librarian: Network Analysis alogorthim developmed by Assistant Professor Tim Mulrooney.

Prepare a data curation plan for the food security project. 


Possible Curriculum Development

Data Sources

Grant Directions


Food Security Project 2016

The practicum will focus on library science activity in the areas of geographical information systems and health informatics. The purpose this practicum should give the participant Benjamin Branch practical experience in technical GIS activity and food security research where he can grow to present and sustain scholarly research activity for future classroom instruction and obtain employment as a GIS and Earth Science Librarian. Other outcomes should be technical GIS data skills, data engagement, and teaching support for such research, possible course development and grant seeking.

The target audience for this work are students interested in GIS and Health research and its library data support. Such should advocate for joint collaboration between NCCU departments that may lead to partnerships in student pipeline support and grant development.


Food Security Primary Sources

Food Security

Pinstrup-Andersen, P. (2009). "Food security: definition and measurement." Food security 1(1): 5-7.

Food Desert

Cummins, S. (2002). "Food deserts." The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behavior, and Society.

GIS: Network Analysis

McEntee, J. and J. Agyeman (2010). "Towards the development of a GIS method for identifying rural food deserts: Geographic access in Vermont, USA." Applied Geography 30(1): 165-176.

GIS Special Library

Adler, P. S. (1995). "Special issue of geographic information systems (GIS) and academic libraries: an introduction." The Journal of Academic Librarianship 21(4): 233-235.




Food Security Secondary Sources

Sources in North Carolina

Jilcott, S. B., et al. (2010). "Peer Reviewed: Commute Times, Food Retail Gaps, and Body Mass Index in North Carolina Counties." Preventing chronic disease 7(5).

Quandt, S. A., et al. (2004). "Household food security among migrant and seasonal latino farmworkers in North Carolina." Public Health Reports 119(6): 568.


Food Security Gray Sources

Extra Readings

Raja, S., et al. (2008). "Beyond food deserts measuring and mapping racial disparities in neighborhood food environments." Journal of Planning Education and Research 27(4): 469-482.

Walker, R. E., et al. (2010). "Disparities and access to healthy food in the United States: a review of food deserts literature." Health & place 16(5): 876-884.

Blanchard, T. C. and T. L. Matthews (2007). "10. Retail Concentration, Food Deserts, and Food-Disadvantaged Communities in Rural America." Remaking the North American food system: Strategies for sustainability: 201.             

Garrity, D. P., et al. (2010). "Evergreen Agriculture: a robust approach to sustainable food security in Africa." Food security 2(3): 197-214.

Food Insecurity with GIS Librarianship support

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Benjamin Branch

Assistant Professor Tim Mulrooney

Timothy Mulrooney, Ph.D.
Department of Environmental, Earth and Geospatial Sciences
North Carolina Central University
1246 Mary M. Townes Science Complex
1801 Fayetteville St., Durham, NC, 27707
Phone:  919-530-6575
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Tim Mulrooney


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