Free Seminar on Geoscience Librarianship Set for September 21 -Phoenix, AZ

“Geoscience Librarianship 101” (GL101) – a free, full-day seminar on earth science information resources and their organization – will be presented by the Geoscience Information Society on Saturday, September 21 in Phoenix, Arizona.  Registration is open to all information professionals as well as students in library and information studies. 

Now in its 15th consecutive year, GL101 is aimed at librarians new to the geosciences and those already in the field who want a refresher.  The seminar provides an overview of geoscience information; collection development and reference services in the geosciences; government publications; maps and geospatial information; and corporate/industry librarianship.  Participants are encouraged to bring their own questions and issues for discussion at the Q&A session following the structured presentations.

A team of five experienced geoscience librarians will conduct the seminar:

  • Amanda Bielskas (Head of Collection Management for Science, Engineering, and Social Science Libraries, Columbia University)
  • Stephanie Earls (Washington Geological Survey)
  • Mary Ellen Vedas (Hess Technical Library, Hess Corporation)
  • Emily Wild (Chemistry, Geosciences, and Environmental Studies Librarian, Princeton University)
  • Linda Zellmer (Government Information and Data Services Librarian, Western Illinois University)

GL101 is jointly sponsored with Arizona State University Library and will take place from 9 AM to 4:30 PM at the university library.    

Advance registration is required and space is limited.  Registration closes on September 13.  To sign up, please provide your name, daytime contact information, and professional (work/school) affiliation to the seminar coordinator:  Clara P. McLeod, Rettner Earth & Planetary Sciences Library, Washington University, Campus Box 1169, St. Louis, MO 63130, telephone 314-935-4817, e-mail

The Geoscience Information Society ( is an international professional organization dedicated to enhancing the exchange of information in the geosciences through collaboration among scientists, librarians, editors, cartographers, educators, and information professionals.