Andria Olson

Assistant Map Librarian

(650) 725-1103

Hello! I am a map librarian at Branner Earth Sciences Library & Map Collections where I manage and provide reference support for our circulating collection of approximately 300,000 paper maps. I develop, oversee, and contribute to strategies for original and copy cataloging and digitization of newly acquired and backlogged cartographic and geospatial materials. I am keen to create an interactive environment that engages and inspires our patrons while fulfilling their research needs and center my collection development and space planning decisions on this goal.

I am also susceptible to big, complicated ideas that involve creative and innovative uses of our paper maps. Whether it be an interactive exhibit, a 3D printed surface model of the Moon, extracting data from historical maps to create a 3D digital model, or painting on our free maps, I am most fulfilled when creatively thriving alongside our students, staff, and faculty.


  • MS, Library & Information Science, Syracuse University
  • BA, Art History, Arizona State University
  • Diploma, Persian-Farsi, Defense Language Institute

Selected Publications 

Olson, A. “Literacy.” The Federation of Worker Writers and Community Publishers (FWWCP) Collection. Eds. Jessica Pauszek and Vincent Portillo. 2019. Forthcoming.

Nelson, D. M., Olson, A. J., & Williams, D. A. “Image Digitization of Earth Analog Studies for Planetary Data System Archiving.” Lunar and Planetary Science Conference Vol. 49 (March 2018).