New GIS Collaborative Lab Hours and Consultations

The GIS@SMU: Initiative for Spatial Literacy and the Central University Libraries are proud to announce the new GIS Collaborative Lab Hours beginning this fall. This new service was developed in response to the overwhelming demand for research and training utilizing geospatial applications. GIS, or Geospatial Information Systems, is becoming an increasing popular tool in the digital scholarship toolbox and includes analyzing maps in order to show relationships between social, political, or economic data and location. GIS can have broad applications and be used by all disciplines.

Consultation Support

The Collaborative Lab Hours is a staffed work time for the GIS@SMU community to work and share knowledge. The GIS staff and teaching assistants (TAs) are available for drop-in consultations during these hours.

Typical GIS staff and TA support includes:

  • Answering questions about ongoing GIS projects and homework
  • Locating spatial data sources
  • Following up on workshop questions

Drop-in consultations is an instructional service intended to help users learn how to work through tasks on their own; GIS staff will not undertake mapping work for projects. Users without ArcGIS experience are encouraged to register for an introductory GIS workshop before using this service. Current or experienced GIS users will be given priority during drop-in consultations.


The Collaborative Lab Hours take place Mondays through Fridays from 12:00 – 2:00pm during the fall and spring semesters. Visit the GIS@SMU website for more information about this service and others.


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