Map & GIS Library to Receive Esri Award

Marketing and Communications | June 18, 2014

The Map & GIS Library (MGL) at the Texas A&M University Libraries was selected by Esri, the preeminent GIS software producer, to receive its Special Achievement in GIS Award which recognizes outstanding contributions in GIS to the global community. The award will be presented during the 2014 Esri International User Conference, July 14-18.

“The staff and student workers in the Map & GIS Library have worked for many years to share with students and researchers across campus the power of GIS data and related analytical techniques. This data curation and dissemination is one facet of the library’s evolving role in the information environment. With their robust technical skills and dedicated service, the entire Map & GIS Library group made this award possible,” explained Kathy Weimer, professor, in the Map & GIS Library.

Esri chose the Map & GIS Library from among 100,000 nominees, with only one award given in the category of Libraries/Museums each year. Miriam Olivares, GIS Coordinator, shares, “We are glad our users are finding their way to the Map & GIS Library to discover that we can make their tasks easier in finding useful datasets, connecting with GIS experts in the A&M community or simply discussing their GIS methodology.” Weimer, Olivares, along with the MGL program assistant, Sierra Laddusaw, and a contingency of their students, will receive the award at the Esri conference in San Diego, California.

The Map & GIS Library provides campus wide instruction, outreach and data support, and is well known for its course support, one-on-one consultations, annual GIS Day event. Its popular Mapping Historic Aggieland digital exhibit has received extensive coverage for making historic Texas A&M maps and campus photos accessible online.

Andrew Klein, associate professor in geography, said, “Receiving a Special Achievement in GIS Award from Esri is one of the highest honors in the discipline an organization can achieve. It is a well-deserved honor for the Map & GIS Library. They have done a stellar job supporting the use of GIS by students and faculty across the Texas A&M Campus. The GIS Day activities it has coordinated with the Department of Geography and many other departments are some of the best in the country and have helped expose the campus and the local communities to GIS.”

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For more information: contact Charlene Clark, Texas A&M University Libraries; 979.862.4233 or charleneclark@library.tamu.edu