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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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Warren Roberts
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(909) 607-0405
(909) 921-9329 (cell)
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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 2/11/2015

Monday           9 - Noon 1 - 3
Wednesday    9 - Noon 1 - 3
Other hours 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,


The Honnold GIS Lab

Where is the lab?
The GIS lab is located to the left near the search computers in Honnold Mudd library below the stacked shelving.  The lab is accessible during the same hours as the library.
Who can access the lab?
To use the lab, you must be listed as a user.  Faculty requiring GIS can forward class list to be added.  Contact to be added on list. The front desk librarian can search your name on the list and open the locked door.
How many stations are available and what software?
There are six stations.  Each station is configured for GIS & GPS.  The following software is installed:
  • ArcGIS ArcINFO 10.2.2 & Extensions
  • Pathfinder Office 5.01 (with Terrasync)
  • Google Earth Professional
  • Sketchup
  • Cybertracker
  • MathLAB
  • SPSS
  • Visual Studio 2012
Do I need a login?
There is no login.  You cannot log into your campus account.  If computer is off, simply turn on station.  Do not log out of the station when leaving.  If station requests for you to submit login, you will need to reboot the computer
Please make a folder in the C:\student and save your work in the same folder.  We recommend you use DropBox to transfer your files
There is no printing capability in the lab.  You can print from the stations outside the lab.

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.

  • Open Street Map-Athon Jan 17th 9am - 1pm  Icon  Icon
    Attend an OpenStreetMap event at CGU campus. Open to anyone. Learn how you can improve open street maps in your neighborhood .. better yet, we'll focus in on urgent map requests from humanitarian workers fighting Ebola in West Africa.
  • 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.

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!


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.

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