Andria Olson

Assistant Map Librarian

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 give a monthly hands-on workshop on how to create Esri StoryMaps; the current model walks participants through how to utilize historical maps, images, and GIS data to create digital maps using ArcGIS Online which are then served through a multi-template StoryMap. I am most fulfilled when creatively thriving alongside our community and find that this platform is an intuitive way to digitally tell any story regardless of the discipline. Along with Julie Sweetkind-Singer and David Medeiros, our StoryMap titled Pancakes & Silver was awarded Esri's 2019 StoryMap of the Year. So come, let's get creative!


  • BS, Graphic Information Technology, Arizona State University, present
  • MS, Library & Information Science, Syracuse University, 2018
  • BA, Art History, Arizona State University, 2017
  • Diploma, Persian-Farsi, Defense Language Institute, 2010

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).