Branner Earth Sciences Library & Map Collections
Instruction, workshops & events
Library tours & orientation
The library offers orientation tours every fall for incoming students by request. Tours are also available year round for groups or individuals. To arrange a tour, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Instruction & workshops
We offer workshops catered to the earth sciences, map collections and geographic information services (GIS). Students, faculty, and staff are welcome. If you know of a workshop you would like to have us offer, please email us! Instruction contacts:
Upcoming classes Fall 2013
Wednesday, Oct. 2 | 12 - 1 pm | Branner Library Teaching Corner, Mitchell Earth Sciences Building 2nd floor
For geology, the key database will always be GeoRef. Learn about using GeoRef to search international geoscience literature, covering engineering and environmental geology, hydrology, and paleontology. Also learn to automatically send citations to your email address and how to search for and find relevant images, maps, and diagrams for your papers. Bring examples and questions you'd like to have addressed.
Mobile Data Collection*
Thursday, Oct. 3 | 2 - 5 pm | IC Classroom, Green Library
Come learn about the different options for collecting GPS data available on campus. This free workshop will involve hands-on data collection with a variety of devices. No previous GPS or GIS experience required. Open to all departments. This workshop will introduce you to the following devices, which range in ease of use and accuracy from simple mobile devices to sophisticated survey-grade technology: iPhones, iPads, Android Phones, Garmin units, Trimble GeoXT and Juno units.
Mendeley Basics for GeoScientists (two sessions)
Monday, Oct. 7 | 12 - 1 pm | Branner Library Teaching Corner, Mitchell Earth Sciences Building 2nd floor
Friday, Oct. 18 | 12 - 1 pm | Branner Library Teaching Corner, Mitchell Earth Sciences Building 2nd floor
Organize your research with Mendeley! The open source Mendeley software allows you to create a database of "full text" papers with citation information that is easy to retrieve and use in new documents. Topics will include an introduction to Mendeley, and how to organize, tag, annotate, and share your PDFs.
Tuesday, Oct. 8 | 12 - 1 pm | Branner Library Teaching Corner, Mitchell Earth Sciences Building 2nd floor
How do you use Google to help organize your personal and professional work? This class will focus on creating and using GoogleDocs – such as creating spreadsheets with 50 simultaneous editors, creating online polls, and publishing slideshows online. Participants will sign up for a Google account (if they don’t already have one).
Introduction to Python for Geospatial*
Thursday, Oct. 10 | 2 - 5 pm | IC Classroom, Green Library
This free hands-on workshop is intended for students, faculty and staff who are familiar with GIS and geoprocessing tools and want to learn how to automate tasks and create scripts in the ArcGIS environment.
Finding eBooks in the Digital Stacks
Thursday, Oct. 17 | 12 - 1 pm | Branner Library Teaching Corner, Mitchell Earth Sciences Building 2nd floor
Would you like to learn more about eBooks and other online content and how they are being used in the classroom? Thousands of online books or ebooks are available for Stanford students, faculty, and staff. Learn about collections we have acquired and search methods for discovering titles of interest. Session includes hands-on practice by attendees.
'BrowZine' in the Field: Getting Journals on your iPad
Monday, Oct. 21 | 12 - 1 pm | Branner Library Teaching Corner, Mitchell Earth Sciences Building, 2nd floor
Do you find yourself wishing you had the latest earth sciences article with you in the field? Do you occasionally find yourself missing the ability to browse a recent issue of a journal? This workshop introduces BrowZine, a new app for iPads and Android devices that allow you to browse, read, monitor and email scholarly journal articles. This workshop will help faculty and students install, login and use Browzine. Make sure to bring your iPad or Kindle Fire or Android tablet device with you!
Data Management: Best Practices for your Research Data
Tuesday, Oct. 22 | 1 - 2 pm | Room 365, Green Earth Sciences Building
Learn practical information about best practices for your research data, including better ways to organize and name your files, why you should think about file formats, how to keep your spreadsheets in tip-top shape, some freely-available (and easy to use) tools for describing your data, campus options for data storage and backup, and what to do with all that great data when you publish or leave your lab. You should expect to leave this session with some best practices you can implement right away.
Finding Information on Environmental Science: Beyond Google Scholar
Tuesday, Oct. 22 | 2:30 - 3:30 pm | Room 115, (Biology) Gilbert Hall
You are a whiz at using Google Scholar for interdisciplinary research in the environmental sciences, but what about the hard-to-find information? What about agriculture, soils, and water? This workshop will look at major databases like Biosis, Web of Science and Water Resources Abstracts. We will also demo a new database -- the Alliance of Crop, Soil and Environmental Science Societies (ACSESS) Digital Library -- and explore how to use geographic information system (GIS) data to visualize environmental research.
Finding Energy Information
Thursday, Oct. 24 | 12 - 1 pm | Stanford Graduate School of Business, Bass Center, 3rd floor computer lab
Do you need articles on a topic related to energy? We will look at industry and market research for the energy field using S&P NetAdvantage, Business Monitor, Lux Research, and Alternative Energy and Oil &Gas eTrack databases. We will also evaluate and search several interdisciplinary energy-related government databases and explore how to use geographic information system (GIS) data to visualize energy research.
Rare Maps (three sessions)
Thursday, Oct. 17 | 10:30 am - 12 pm | Barchas Room, Green Library, 2nd floor, via Lane Reading Room
Wednesday, Nov. 13 | 10 am - 12 pm | Barchas Room, Green Library, 2nd floor, via Lane Reading Room
Thursday, Dec. 5 | 10:30 am - 12 pm | Barchas Room, Green Library, 2nd floor, via Lane Reading Room
Watch for more information on themes for these workshops.
GIS Day 2013
Wednesday, Nov. 20 | 11 - 5 pm | Hartley Conference Center, Mitchell Earth Sciences Building
Save the Date! This annual event includes a series of lightning talks, a Map Gallery featuring some of the best work by students across many disciplines, a “Where in the World” contest with prizes, and a geocache challenge.
*Ongoing GIS Workshops: Introduction to ArcGIS, Advanced GIS
These ongoing workshops are designed to give a basic understanding of ArcGIS to new users. Topics covered include GIS data formats, basic database management, projections, and basic cartography principles. Note: the Introduction to ArcGIS workshop is mandatory if students want to use Branner's ArcGIS free one-on-one consulting services. Ongoing Geospatial Training Workshops occur throughout the quarter. To view schedules and sign up for Geospatial Training, visit http://bit.ly/geotraining. For more information, visit the Branner GIS website at gis.stanford.edu or email David at email@example.com.