Welcome to the Library Guide for the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Center. GIS is a framework for gathering, managing, analyzing, and communicating data. The "system" part of GIS is the hardware, software, and data. These are brought together by the most important component - the GIS user. This guide contains resources you can use to develop an understanding of GIS, get started with research using GIS, and locate data.
The GIS Center is located on the 2nd floor of the Library in LIB 227. During the academic year, it is often staffed by student workers who can assist you with your research or projects. You can email with questions or contact Director Charlie Bettigole for assistance.
The GIS Center is generally open for use Monday - Friday from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm; however, there are times each week when the room is reserved for teaching classes and workshops. See the calendar below for availability. If you need access at other times, please contact the Center to make arrangements.
There are a number of courses offered this academic year that will help you acquire and develop GIS and data visualization skills. GIS skills are useful for the rest of your college career and well beyond. You can develop informative and captivating presentations and documents (think capstones, term projects, class presentations) using GIS. Taking some of our courses is the first step!
Not offered this year, but maybe in the future:
Also of interest....
GIS is a powerful tool that has a limitless range of application possibilities. GIS is used in numerous academic and professional disciplines for research and everyday business operations. It is an especially powerful tool for decision-making and planning. Here are few examples for how GIS is used:
See Maps We Love at the ESRI website for many more examples!
And here's a link to What is GIS? on ESRI's web site for more information and ideas.