At a glance

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

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:

GIS: Patricia Carbajales, Geospatial Manager,

Maps: Jane Ingalls, Assistant Map Librarian,

Earth and environmental sciences: Hannah Winkler, Earth Sciences Librarian,

Upcoming classes Spring 2014

Branner Coffee Break
June 2-6 |  9am - 12 pm |  Branner Library Lobby, Mitchell Earth Sciences Building 2nd floor
Dead Week, Exams, Quals on your mind? We have free coffee and snacks for you!

Mendeley Basics for GeoScientists 
Tuesday, April 22 | 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.

Finding Energy Information 
Tuesday, May 13 | 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 Workshops
various |  Barchus Room, Green Library
Monthly Rare Maps Workshops on various topics. No pre-registration required. Topics will be announced as we get closer to the workshop date. Email Digital and Rare Maps Librarian G. Salim Mohammed at for more information. 

  • May 8, 2014: 2.30-3.30 pm
  • June 5, 2014: 10 am-12 pm (with John Mustain)
  • July 3, 2014: 10.30 am-11.30 am
  • August 7, 2014: 10.30 am-11.30 am
  • September 4, 2014: 10.30 am-11.30 am

*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 For more information, visit the Branner GIS website at or email David at