Geographic Information Systems (GIS): Home

Information on using GIS and finding GIS data at vanderbilt.

Getting Started with GIS


Check out the GIS Tutorial workbook from the Peabody Library!

 G70.212 .G742 2011


Use an online training course from ESRI. Start with the basics in 'Learning GIS Desktop' or Choose a course from the website. Once you decide to take a course, simply request a keycode for it and you will recieve an email with a code that will give you free access to that course.

In Person:

Contact Lindsey Fox to schedule an appointment and take advantage of hands on training for GIS in the Library.


Dear Vanderbilt GIS Community,

As of November, I will be leaving for maternity leave. I am expecting to return March of 2017.  In the meantime, we will have coverage to answer your questions, but on a limited basis.  Please forward any questions to "Ask a Librarian".  Christian Hung, our graduate assistant, will be taking over for me in the short term.  He will do his best to answer questions as they come in, but keep in mind he will be covering only 10 hours a week.  You should still be able to schedule appointments as needed.  His information is linked in the side bar of this page.  Please be patient with us as we try to field all of your requests during my leave. 


Lindsey Fox

Open Source GIS Working Group

Thursdays, 12:00pm-1:00pm800FA, Central Library

In this working group we look at various open source Geographic Information Systems (GIS) tools. Some of these tools include: PosgreSQL/PostGIS, Mapbox/Leaflet, Geoserver, and QGIS. Many of these programs are used to create, store, edit, serve out, and analyze geographic data. All of these tools present an alternative to costly GIS software, such as ArcGIS. In this working group, we’ll take turns teaching each other the basics of how to use these tools and transfer skills across disciplines. Working group members can also use this time to present their own spatial problems with the group. The Open Source GIS working group is informal and open to any that wish to attend.  

For more information, please contact

GIS Services at Vanderbilt

The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) service in the Vanderbilt Library connects students, faculty, and staff with GIS data, services, and information. The GIS service at Vanderbilt also helps with developing methodology for integrating GIS concepts into research of faculty, staff, and students.  Additionally, we are a Census Information Center and help connect our community to U.S. Census Data.

Mobile Mapping Applications

Mapping Berlin Project

GIS Coordinator

Lindsey Fox
Website / Blog Page

GIS Graduate Analyst

Christian Hung