Spatial Services at University Libraries support the overwhelming interest of the CMU community to learn spatial skills, conduct spatial research and enhance their work with maps. This center will support skill training in GIS-based software and spatial methodology, aid in the discovery and acquisition of spatial data, and promote critical spatial thinking. In addition, we provide research guidance, workshop-style instruction, and one-on-one help to CMU students, faculty, and staff who work with spatial data or conduct spatial analyses.

Have a question right now? We offer weekly office hours on Wednesday’s between 12:00 and 3:00pm in the Sorrels Den, Sorrels Library, fourth floor Wean Hall. 

As our services develop, we are looking for suggestions for new services, services with tailored content or ways to support teaching desired by faculty or students. Please contact with your suggestions or more information about our services. 

About the Team

Dr. Emma Slayton serves as a Data Visualization and curation expert at the Carnegie Mellon University Libraries. For her PhD, Emma used GIS based analysis and computational methods to analyze pre-historic seafaring in the Caribbean. This fit well with her interest in telling spatial stories around human mobility and interaction in the past. In addition to her work with GIS, Emma is trained other visualization methods (such as ggplot and Tableau) and enjoys her role as an advocate for visualization best practices around the university. 

Dr. Jessica Benner serves as Liaison to Computer Science and GIS Specialist the Carnegie Mellon University Libraries.