GIS Services in the CMU Libraries is a small group of people in the libraries who support a growing interest across the CMU community to learn spatial skills, conduct spatial research and enhance research with maps and other visualizations.

We aim to support skill training in GIS-based software and spatial methodology, aid in the discovery and acquisition of spatial data, and promote critical spatial thinking. As GIS Specialists, we aim to support students, faculty and researchers using spatial analysis and GIS in their work by providing: 

  • instruction sessions & workshops related to spatial information, data and tool literacy
  • one-on-one consultation about geospatial data and methods
  • brainstorming sessions to fine tune the goals and purpose of your spatial project

Have a question right now? We offer weekly office hours on Wednesday’s between 1:00 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. If you have ideas or specific needs, please fill our this short survey or contact gislib@andrew.cmu.edu 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. eslayton@andrew.cmu.edu

Dr. Jessica Benner serves as a Liaison to Computer Science and a GIS Specialist the Carnegie Mellon University Libraries. She is interested in understanding the motivations for collaborative mapping projects like OpenStreetMap and how these tools are used to map the physical accessibility of urban spaces. During her PhD work she studied the concept of physical accessibility in indoor and outdoor spaces. She continues this work by collaborating with people around the city to generate data describing the accessibility of our neighorhoods. jbenner@andrew.cmu.edu