Texas Digital Library GIS Interest Group

Welcome to the GIS Interest Group Confluence page!

TDL’s GIS Interest Group (GISIG) seeks to support a Community of Practice around geographic information systems (GIS) and serve as a source of expertise for all consortium members.

Come for the GIS, stay for the camaraderie!

Interest Group Leadership, 2024


Cynthia Henry

College of Human Sciences Librarian,
Texas Tech University

Vice Chair

Alex Marden

GIS and Geospatial Data Coordinator,
University of Texas at Austin


About the GIS Interest Group

The GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Interest Group gathers both experts and newcomers to the field of GIS. Founded in 2020 by Michael Shensky (UT-Austin), the group ratified a charter and formed several subcommittees to work collaboratively on projects.

Survey & Outreach Subcommittee

Chair 2024: Kate Carter, University of Houston

  • Creates and maintains a survey and dashboard of the GIS environment in Texas academic libraries and develops outreach strategies to assist with recruiting new members

Data Collaboration Subcommittee

Chair 2024: Alex Marden, UT-Austin and Michael Shensky, UT-Austin

  • Coordinates geospatial data sharing initiatives among TDL member institutions

Events & Social Planning Subcommittee

Chair 2024: Josh Been, Baylor University

  • Organizes regular GIS events (webinars, GIS Day events, social events, etc.)

Join the GISIG!

Any users of GIS can join the interest group, regardless of affiliation with TDL. The group shares updates and information about training and events at our monthly meetings and through the GIS Interest Group list. If you are interested in joining, please email us at info@tdl.org, or contact one of the current chairs!

Team news


Happy GIS Day! To celebrate, read about the Geosteer project in a recent news feature written by Ima Oduok, Digital Librarian: https://www.tdl.org/2023/11/a-journey-through-geospatial-metadata-in-the-texas-data-repository/ https://www.tdl.org/2023/11/a-journey-through-geospatial-metadata-in-the-texas-data-repository/ Screenshot of the Texas GeoData Portal homepage, accessed November 9, 2023 image-20231115-165929.png
QGISwebinar.png Join us this summer for the QGIS webinar series https://www.tdl.org/training/webinars/qgis-webinar-series-summer-2023/! QGIS is open-source and free GIS software available on Mac, Windows, and Linux from here: https://qgis.org/ https://nam12.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fqgis.…
Join Us @ TCDL 2023
The GIS Interest Group will have a very strong showing at the Texas Conference on Digital Libraries 2023 https://tcdl2023.sched.com/, starting next week on Tuesday May 16. Check out the various programs listed below and come by to see us! GIS Birds-of-a-Feather - Tuesday, May 16 @ 10AM Mapping GIS in Texas (Poster) - Tuesday @ 3:15-4:15 (Poco Loco) and 4:15-6:00 (Reception) Mapping OER in Texas Idea Lab: Creating a Dashboard for Open Educators - Wednesday, May 17 @ 3:30 Digitizing,…