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Welcome to the Geoscience Information Society

The Geoscience Information Society (GSIS) facilitates the exchange of information in the geosciences through cooperation among scientists, librarians, editors, cartographers, educators, and information professionals.

GSIS is a member society of the American Geosciences Institute (AGI), and an associated society of the Geological Society of America (GSA).

Current News and Events

◆ Annual GSIS Meeting:

Our next meeting will be in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 4-7, 2018.

Check out the schedule!

◆ Free Seminar on Geoscience Librarianship Set for November 3:

“Geoscience Librarianship 101” – a full-day introduction to earth science information resources and their organization – will be presented by the Geoscience Information Society (GSIS) on Saturday, November 3 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Registration is free and open to all information professionals as well as students in library and information studies.

GL101 is aimed at librarians new to the geosciences and those already in the field who want a refresher. It will provide an overview of geoscience information and current topics in reference, research, and publications; collection development; and geospatial information. Additional topics may include solo librarianship, STEM research/library services in the oil and gas industry, and trends in scholarly communication for Earth sciences. Participants are encouraged to bring their own questions and issues for discussion.

A team of six experienced geoscience librarians will lead the seminar: Amanda Bielskas (Columbia University), Linda Zellmer (Western Illinois University), Stephanie Earls (Washington Geological Survey), Samantha Teplitzky (University of California, Berkeley), Mary Ellen Vedas (Hess Technical Library), and Emily Wild (Princeton University).

Geoscience Librarianship 101 is jointly sponsored with Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and will be held in the University Library.

Advance registration is required and space is limited. Registrations must be received by October 20. To sign up or request additional information, 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

◆ Apply now for the GSIS Travel Grant:

The Geoscience Information Society (GSIS) is pleased to announce the inauguration of the GSIS Travel Grant program. This year’s grant will provide $1,500 to assist a first-time attendee to participate in the GSIS Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, November 4-7, 2018. The program is aimed at empowering colleagues to grow professionally by become more engaged in the Society’s educational and networking opportunities.

Applicants must be GSIS personal or student members who have not attended a previous Annual Meeting. (Information on joining GSIS is available here.) Retired members are not eligible to apply. In addition to the cash award, the grant program will provide the recipient with mentoring by an experienced GSIS member during the conference and for one year following to enhance their professional development and engagement.

To apply for the Travel Grant, please submit your CV and a statement of 500 words or less explaining what you hope to get out of attending the GSIS meeting and how it relates to your professional responsibilities and/or career goals. Submit your application no later than August 3, 2018 to the Selection Committee (email: and note “GSIS Travel Grant” in the subject line.

Notification of award status will be made by August 17. The award check will be presented at the GSIS Awards Luncheon at the Annual Meeting. The recipient is required to attend the GSIS Business Meeting, roundtables, and technical session(s) in Indianapolis, but does not need to present a paper or poster; however, the recipient is expected to write a brief report on their conference experience for the GSIS Newsletter.

Travel Grant Selection Committee:
Amanda Bielskas
Shaun Hardy
Samantha Teplitzky

◆ Call for Best Research Resource Award Nominations:

The GSIS Best Research Resource Award Committee is seeking your nominations for the annual Mary B. Ansari Best Research Resource Award for the best geosciences research resource publication or website. The award recognizes geoscience research resource works or works focused on information aspects of the geosciences. As of 2016, the Best Website award has been rolled into this award, so if there’s a great website you’re aware of, feel free to nominate it.

Submissions will be evaluated using the following criteria:

The work must have been published or produced within 3 years preceding the GSIS 2018 annual meeting (2016-2018). The title does not have to strictly be “geoscience” but it should have significant value to the geoscience information community. Local or specialized works can be considered if they are particularly high in quality and could serve as a model for other works. Formats other than monograph and websites may be considered, for example tweets, online communities, maps, databases, etc. Any works nominated should be in a generally useable format (DVD, online, etc.), be generally available for purchase by libraries, and, theoretically, have a stable future. Although no work is specifically excluded from consideration, textbooks or monographs in geoscience or library/information science would not normally be considered.

Please send nominations to the chair of the committee by June 15, 2018:

◆ Call for Best Paper Award Nominations:

The Best Paper Award Committee of the Geoscience Information Society (GSIS) is accepting nominations for the 2018 Best Paper Award. The committee is looking for original, significant and scholarly papers published in 2017 in the field of geoscience information. The papers must demonstrate effective professional communication and appeal to the broader geoscience information community. Send nominations by June 18, 2018 to the chair of the committee, Kay Johnson, at The nomination should include a detailed citation, and, if available, a link to the paper. For a list of previous award recipients, see: You know the best geoscience information papers out there, and we welcome your suggestions!

◆ Annual Meeting:

Our next annual meeting will be in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 4-7, 2018.

◆ Updated Resources:

Check out the newly updated Resources for Authors & Editors of Guidebooks!

◆ Critical Issues Webinar:

The Geoscience Information Society is co-sponsoring this American Geosciences Institute webinar on Tracking the Global Supply of Critical Materials. Please consider attending. For information and to register, go to:

Critical Issues Webinar - Tracking the Global Supply of Critical Materials

No country in the world produces all of the mineral resources necessary for modern society. International trade plays a critical role in providing these raw materials, forming a global network of production, export, import, and use. This network must continuously adapt to national and international developments in science, technology, politics, and economics. As a result, information on the global flow of raw materials plays a fundamental role in improving national and international resilience to potential supply disruptions and market changes.

This webinar will focus on U.S. and EU efforts to gather information and develop tools that can be used to ensure a secure national and global supply of mineral resources; identify and quantify vulnerabilities in this supply; and stimulate national and international co-operation, education and outreach, and innovation in the development, recycling, and substitution of key mineral resources.

• Nedal Nassar, Chief, Materials Flow Analysis Section, National Minerals Information Center, U.S. Geological Survey
• Vitor Correia, President, European Federation of Geologists, and co-ordinator of the EU’s INTRAW project

When: January 26th, 2018 11:00 AM through 12:00 PM
Webinar Flyer

◆ Awards Presented at the 2017 Annual Meeting:

Distinguished Service Linda Zellmer

Best Paper Birgit Schmidt, Birgit Gemeinholzer, and Andrew Treloar

Mary B. Ansari Best Research Resource Award Jan Harff, Martin Meschede, Sven Petersen, and Jörn Thiede

Best Guidebooks David A. Kring, Geological Society of America, Arthur G. Sylvester and Elizabeth O'Black Gans

◆ 2017 Mary B. Ansari Distinguished Service Award:

Linda Zellmer, Government Information and Data Services Librarian at Western Illinois University, is the recipient of the 2017 Mary B. Ansari Distinguished Service Award. See the full news release.

Linda Zellmer

◆ GSIS 50th Anniversary:

GSIS 50 Anniversary

The Geoscience Information Society is celebrating 50 years of enhancing communication in the geosciences! Read about the Society's founding in 1966 and its early years at the links below:

"Early efforts leading to the founding of the Geoscience Information Society," by Robert (Skip) McAfee, GSIS Proceedings, vol. 21, 1991 p. 187-193

"Meeting the challenge," by Claren M. Kidd, GSIS Proceedings, vol. 21, 1991 p. 195-202.

GSIS Publications List 1966-2016

GSIS 1966-2016 Flickr Slideshow: