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Many of the GIS Services at the library can be provided online. However, we have a configured GIS lab with software and data for you use. Contact for access.
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GIS Specialist

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Warren Roberts
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(909) 607-0405
(909) 921-9329 (cell)
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GIS, GPS, Geospatial

Honnold GIS Lab

Library GIS Lab 
Lab open during the times the library is open.  Contact to add your name to list for access when lab is locked (the front desk will open door for you)

Need to meet with GIS specialist?  
Week of 6/29/2015

Monday           9 - Noon
Wednesday     9 - Noon 1 - 3
Friday              9 - Noon

Other hours available Tuesday & Thursday (located at 214 CGU ACB Building).  Evening & weekend are upon request. Simply email for appointment.


Highly Recommended

If you are exploring the ArcGIS, you are highly encouraged to use the Esri Arcgis Online tools to both obtain and share GIS layers,

Local GIS Industry Events

You are highly encouraged to network with industry while you are attending college for several reasons.  Networking increases your employment prospects ... it is often true: its who you know.  Furthermore, networking provides you contacts for obtaining data from industry, finiding support on projects and learning of trends in your field.

  • American Association of Geographers  Icon  Icon
    Event attended by researchers not alone geographers but many other subject areas including Digital Humanities, landscape architects, environmental planners and more
  • CALGIS  Icon  Icon
    California GIS User Group Meeting. Great event to submit a poster, attend and meet industry. Students have option to volunteer in exchange for free attendance. Student rates to attend are also available. Next event is June 1-3 in Sacramento.
  • Esri International User Conference July 20th  
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    This is the Pandora's Box of GIS inspiration. As a student, faculty and staff you have access to a full day of the 5 day conference. You register onsite with your student ID.

New to GIS?

Are you a new GIS user or do you just want to know more about it? 

Your library has many resources that will support your motivation to learn about how GIS technology can help you work and research more effectively.  The campus has an Esri site licence for which reason we have access to many Esri related resources for you below.

  1. Meet with the LIbrary GIS Specialist
    Coordinate a time to meet with Claremont Library GIS Specialist Warren Roberts for guidance on your path to learning GIS.

  2. Attend a library sponsored GIS Library Workshop in the Fall (CGU has sessions too .. follow on @cgugis to be updated)  

  3. Select an Esri Virtual Course
    There are 50+ Esri online selfpaced virtual courses. Many have fee requirements however Claremont Colleges students, staff and faculty can request access code to waive fee.  Here are a list of the courses.  Overwhelmed? Feel free to inquire from us on which virtual classes are best suited for your needs.

  4. Join the student led Claremont Colleges GIS Club.  Learn about resources for you across the campus and find a GIS student mentor.    More information can be found here 

  5. Make a map on ArcGIS Online.
    Make a map you can access anywhere—desktop, phone, or tablet—without purchasing either software or data. Use the map viewer and layers that have been shared on ArcGIS Online. Even if you don't know a thing about GIS, in a matter of minutes you can make a map that you can share on a blog, embed in a website, or email to someone.

  6. Get social
    Follow @ClaremontGIS on Twitter for GIS related trends and resources.

  7. Subscribe to Esri publications for free (in mail or online).
    • ArcUser: Learn how to use Esri software to more effectively solve problems and improve processes; start, manage, and grow a GIS program; extend existing software functionality, or create custom solutions using Esri developer tools. Subscribe to the print version or read the digital magazine, PDF, or HTML versions of current and past issues online.
    • ArcNews: Learn where the GIS industry is headed and the latest developments in Esri's software. Subscribe and read the current issue or selected past issues online in digital magazine, PDF, or HTML versions.
    • ArcWatch: Get announcements, tips, articles, and links to resources in this monthly e-mail-only newsletter that keeps you up-to-date with what is going on in GIS. Subscribetoday and read previous issues online.

  8. There are various blogs you can follow online.
    Esri has blogs that focus on the specific interests of developers, educators, managers, and job seekers. Two blogs that have more general appeal are the Esri Insider, which discusses strategic initiatives and trending topics and the ArcGIS blog, which discusses the latest developments in ArcGIS software.

  9. Visit ArcGIS Resource at the Esri website.
    Find maps and applications, blog posts, forum threads, videos, documentation, and tweets related to specific areas of interest

  10. Read an introductory book.
    In the GIS Lab you can find the Understanding GIS: An ArcGIS Project Workbook explains the methods, tools, and processes needed to apply full-scale GIS analysis to a spatially based problem. It contains self-paced tutorials with step-by-step instructions, access to a 90-day software trial to perform the analysis, and a DVD with the data needed for the project.  Please do not remove the text from the GIS Lab.

  11. Listen to a webinar.
    Look thru past recorded training seminars for practical, specific, and current information in an hour long session. Topics can includes GIS tasks, tips, concepts, or new technologies. Attendees can log in remotely to the seminar and can pose questions or chat with other attendees. Live seminars are frequently announced and can be attended for free.

  12. Take a class at the Claremont Colleges
    There are GIS related courses at Pomona College and several at the Claremont Graduate University SISAT.  For more information and specific courses please contact

  13. Read help files and work the tutorials.
    In addition to supplying step-by-step instructions for using Esri software, online help includes information on related concepts that will give you a better understanding of the technology. Most programs come with tutorials and sample data.

  14. Attend one day at the worlds largest GIS Conference for free
    Each year the largest GIS software developer, Esri, hosts the Esri International User Conference, the largest GIS conference in the world, in San Diego, California. At this conference, you can attend hundreds of technical workshops by Esri staff; listen to paper sessions presented by GIS users from all over the world, network with thousands of GIS professionals, attend special interest meetings, and listen to industry leaders. Esri also hosts events specifically for GIS practitioners involved in education, homeland security, health, business, and other fields. In addition, many regional and state GIS organizations hold their own conferences. All these conferences provide new users with great opportunities to network with other professionals, see demonstrations, ask questions, and get hands-on experience with a variety of GIS software.  Claremont Colleges students, faculty and staff can attend one day for free.  Contact us if you are interested in attending and perhaps find a carpool. See tab above on how to register.

Typical GIS support includes

GIS service is intended to be instructional; our goal is to help users learn how to work through these tasks on their own, GIS staff will not complete project work for you.

GIS support is available for reference consultations by appointment only. References are typically 45 minutes to an hour maximum. Please give us at least 24 hours’ notice before requesting an appointment and include some information about your project or GIS task when requesting a new appointment.

Consultation appointments are for those with familiarity with GIS. You can scheduled by emailing Warren Roberts at warrenr @  

Typical GIS support includes

  • GIS installation (we can provide you the software)
  • GIS project workflow & management
  • GIS software instruction
  • Data collection and creation (including GPS)
  • Data management (shapefiles, geodatabase, tables, imagery)
  • Analysis design (including model builder)
  • Spatial statistics
  • Map design and export
  • GIS & GPS workshops

Library Provided GIS Related Resources

These are online services the library subscribed to provide both GIS and non-GIS users access to valuable datasets, reports and spatial analysis.

  • Esri Community Analysis  
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    Wonderful resource demonstrated to students and classes to permit access to GIS related resources with limited support.
  • Simply Map  
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    Great source for both creating reports of geographic areas throughout the US. GIS Users can also obtain valuable variables by select geographies and export to shapefile for further analysis ins ArcGIS.
  • ReferenceUSA  
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    Awesome site to obtain and download business addresses across the US and Canada including address, executives names, ethnicity, gender to credit rating and more. Requested data can be provided as an Excel document (download 50 records at a time). If you plan to use with GIS, please select to also obtain longitude and latitude along with the standard columns in the requested Excel sheet.

Content Attribution

Some of the content of this guide was originally created in another format by Robert Sathrum, HSU Librarian, retired 06/2013 and Katia G. Karadjova, HSU Librarian.  Thanks Katia!


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