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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: Stace Maples, Geospatial Manager,

Maps: Jane Ingalls, Assistant Map Librarian,

Earth, Energy, & Environmental Sciences: Hannah Winkler, Earth Sciences Librarian,

Upcoming Events

These events are part of the #Branner100 celebration series:

The William Smith Map at Stanford
Tuesday, March 31, 4 – 7pm 
Hartley Conference Center
View the extremely large, original 1815 map and accompanying memoir and learn about how Stanford Libraries digitized it and hear from Prof. Gail Mahood and GES students talk about its significance and its influence on geologic mapping. Refreshments provided.

Data Day
Monday, April 13, 8 am – 2pm 
Li Ka Shing Conference Center
The focus of this event will be around data publishing, data sharing, reproducibility, metadata, and data reuse. Note: Due to an overhwelming response, Data Day is fully capped.

'Game of Thrones' Geology
Friday, April 17, 5:30 pm
Braun Hall Auditorium 105 (GeoCorner)
Miles Traer will lecture on his fantasy Game of Thrones geologic map and theories on topics such as when and how the Red Mountains formed and how the splitting of Westeros from Essos occurred. 

Meet Stace Maples 
Wednesday, May 13, 3 pm 
Branner Library Teaching Corner
Come meet Stace Maples, the new Stanford Geospatial Center Geospatial Manager.

Branner Coffee Break Week 
Monday, June 1- Friday, June 5, 9 am – 12 pm weekdays 
Branner Library Lobby
Quals, Exams, Finals on your mind? Come get free coffee and snacks to destress from you work. 

100th Year Anniversary of Branner Earth Sciences Library: Celebration and Tour 
Thursday, June 11, 2015, 4 - 6:40 pm 
Branner Library and Harley Conference Center
Happy Anniversary Branner Library! This celebration is the culminating event in the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Branner Library and Stanford's second president John Casper Branner. Please join us for a public event with speakers, food, and a tour of the library. All are welome.

Other upcoming events:

Gear up for Research
Monday, April 6, 12 - 5 pm 
Huang Engineering Center
This is your opportunity to interact with journal editors about the publishing process and to learn how to find out about grant funding opportunities. Research tool providers (Mendeley, EndNote and others) along with campus service groups (Stanford Geospatial Center, ICME C2Consulting, Technical Communication Program and others) will also be attending to answer your questions and provide information on their services. Check the Engineering Library webpage for the full list of participating organizations and the schedule of workshops.

Upcoming workshops & classes Winter 2015

GeoRef 101 
Wednesday, Feb 25  | 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.

Mendeley Basics for GeoScientists 
Wednesday, Feb 18 | 10 - 11 am |  Branner Library Teaching Corner, Mitchell Earth Sciences Building 2nd floor
Tuesday, Feb 24  | 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.

Who Cited Whom? Finding Your and Other Scholarly Cited Works
Wednesday, March 4  | 12 - 1 pm |  Branner Library Teaching Corner, Mitchell Earth Sciences Building 2nd floor
This workshop will teach about the use of Web of Science and Google Journal Citation Reports, a tool that allows you to discover high-impact journals. Use this resource for tracking who has cited a paper and which journals are cited most quickly

*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