Speakers 2023

Amanda Tickner

GIS Librarian

Michigan State University

Cecilia Smith

University of Chicago

Cecilia Smith is the Director of Digital Scholarship at the University of Chicago Library. She leads the Center for Digital Scholarship to support open access scholarship, research data management, geospatial data, and digital collections. Her background is in geographic information science and she leads the NEH-funded Mapping Chicagoland Project and the IMLS-funded GIS Librarians for Open Workflows initiative.

Chrissy Klenke

University of Nevada, Reno

Christopher J.J. Thiry

Map & GIS Librarian

Colorado School of Mines

Christopher J.J. Thiry has been the Map & GIS Librarian at the Colorado School of Mines Arthur Lakes Library since 1995. Previously, he worked in the Map Division of the New York Public Library. He holds a BA in history and a MILS from the University of Michigan. He has taught numerous workshops including some in the United Arab Emirates regarding map librarianship, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), map resources, and map cataloging. He completed a summer internship at the Library of Congress’ Geography and Map Division. He has been the President of the Western Association of Map Libraries (WAML) twice, and has hosted a WAML meeting on 2 occasions and shepherded it once more. He is the editor of the 3rd edition of the American Library Association’s (ALA) “Guide to US Map Resources,” and creator of the “Clearinghouse of GIS-made indexes to paper map sets”. He has done extensive research on the history of race-based covenants in Jefferson County, Colorado.

Emma Slayton

Data Curation, Visualization, and GIS Specialist

Carnegie Mellon University


Evan Thornberry


University of British Columbia


Georgia Brown




Georgia Brown is the Public Services Librarian at the American Geographical Society Library at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her job includes helping students, researchers, and community members with their research in addition to doing instruction sessions with UWM classes at all levels.

Heiko Muhr




Janet Reyes




Jennie Murack

GIS & Data Librarian



Jessica Benner




Joshua Sadvari

Geospatial Information Librarian

The Ohio State University


Joshua Sadvari is the Geospatial Information Librarian at The Ohio State University Libraries. In this role, he is responsible for developing and delivering educational activities to support the use of GIS in research and teaching and for acting as a project consultant for faculty, staff, and students from all disciplines who are working with geospatial data, methods, and tools. He is also an incoming Co-editor for the Journal of Map & Geography Libraries.

Lena Denis

Geospatial Data, GIS, and Maps Librarian

Johns Hopkins University


Martin Chandler


Cape Breton


Paul Pickell


University of British Columbia


Paul Pickell is an Assistant Professor of Teaching of geomatics at the University of British Columbia (UBC) Faculty of Forestry. He teaches Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in several undergraduate and graduate programs and leads the development of immersive virtual reality, augmented reality, and web-based mapping applications for teaching GIS at UBC. He is an editor and an author of the Open Educational Resource geomatics textbook, Geomatics for Environmental Management: An Open Textbook for Students and Practitioners and also a Faculty in Residence with the Emerging Media Lab at UBC.

Sarah Zhang

Librarian for Geography, GIS &Maps

Simon Fraser University


Sarah holds a MLIS and a Master of Science in Ecology. As an immigrant and mother, she is constantly inspired by the cultures around her, whether as an insider or outsider. She is passionate about lowering the bar to entering GIS/mapping for students, researchers, and the public.

Stephen Appel

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee



Stephen manages the geospatial data services and collections at the American Geographical Society Library at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries. He has a GIS Certificate and an MS in Geography, both from UWM. Stephen’s research interests are geospatial information literacy instruction, index maps, and collections as data. It’s his first time at WAML in person!

Susan Powell

GIS & Map Librarian

University of California, Berkeley


Susan is the GIS & Map Librarian in UC Berkeley’s Earth Sciences & Map Library, where she manages the library’s physical map, air photo, and geospatial data collections and helps people use them in research and teaching. She also serves as the subject liaison for Berkeley’s geography department. Susan’s research interests include digital transformation of collections, spatial humanities, and Mongolian studies. She holds a BA in Geology from Oberlin College and both an MLIS and an MA in Geography from Indiana University – Bloomington.

Theresa Quill

Map and Spatial Data Librarian

Indiana University


Theresa Quill is the Map and Spatial Data Librarian at Indiana University Bloomington. She supports research and teaching in the areas of maps, Geographic Information Systems/Science (GIS), and spatial data, liaises with the Department of Geography, and manages collections for these areas. Theresa also teaches a workshop series on digital mapping called Cartoshop. Her professional interests are focused on humanitarian mapping, critical cartography, and spatial humanities.

Tim Utter


University of Michigan


Tom Brittnacher

Curator for Geospatial and Digital Collections

University of California, Santa Barbara