Maps, Geospatial Data & GIS

Welcome to Map & GIS Services
at the University of Toronto Map & Data Library!

We are home to a number of unique collections & services:

Geospatial Data

Maps & Atlases

Air Photos

GIS Software


Library Instruction

Keep up with GIS at U of T! Join the geodata-l listserv or follow our blog and Twitter accounts.

Date: Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Time: 1:10pm - 4:00pm
Location: Robarts Library
Campus: St. George (Downtown) Campus

Location: Robarts Library, e-classroom, 4th floor, room 4033. Directions

Note: This course may be taken as part of the Graduate Professional Skills Program.

Description: There is a constantly increasing and diverse body of scholarly research. This workshop focuses on current publishing models, including Open Access, and a range of tools available to navigate and control your personal research agenda. You will engage in practical exercises targeted to your disciplinary focus, resulting in a self-designed and active toolkit for maintaining awareness of research in your field.

The workshop focuses on three areas: get published; go public; stay current.



Eveline Houtman, Coordinator of Undergraduate Library Instruction, Robarts Library, and Ph.D. candidate, OISE.

Stephanie Orfano, Copyright Outreach Librarian.


Questions? Contact Eveline Houtman




Date: Monday, June 13, 2016
Time: 1:10pm - 2:00pm
Location: Robarts Library
Campus: St. George (Downtown) Campus

10 Days of Twitter

Join the online scholarly conversation.

Follow us @UofT10DoT         #UofT10DoT         10 Days of Twitter blog


Date: June 13-24, 2016 - Twitter in (mostly) 10 minutes/day

Workshop format:

  • Day 1: Monday, June 13, 1:10-2:00 - in-person class

Location: Robarts Library, e-classroom, 4th floor, room 4033. Directions.

  • Day 2-5: June 14-17 - Twitter exercises done on your own schedule, approx. 10 minutes/day
  • June 18-19 - weekend off!
  • Day 6-9: June 20-23 - 10 minutes/day
  • Day 10: June 24, 1:10-2:00 - live chat via Twitter

Audience: graduate students (the course is eligible for credit in the Graduate Professional Skills program)



Twitter is a platform for scholarly conversation. It’s used for sharing and discussing research at all stages of the process (even peer review via Tweet!); for current awareness; for networking; for conference participation; and for teaching.

Learn about Twitter and its uses in higher education together with a community of learners, through hands-on practice, class discussion via Twitter, and guided engagement with the public scholarly conversation on Twitter.

By the end of this workshop you will:

  • Be able to navigate the technical aspects of Twitter
  • Understand the breadth of platforms, applications, and devices that can be used with Twitter e.g. Hootsuite, Tweetdeck, Storify
  • Communicate succinctly, framing a point using only 140 characters
  • Understand what it means to be a part of a scholarly conversation in public
  • Begin building a Twitter network of scholars, and gain followers of your own
  • Reflect on your own use of Twitter going forward: in the classroom, at conferences, and throughout the research process

Workshop facilitators:

Eveline Houtman is Coordinator of Undergraduate Library Instruction at Robarts Library and a PhD candidate at OISE. She has published on social media in higher education.

Nelly Cancilla is a Copyright Outreach Librarian at the University of Toronto Libraries. She manages and contributes to a number of UTL social media accounts and regularly presents on effective social media practices at library conferences.



Questions? Contact Eveline Houtman


Date: Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Time: 2:10pm - 4:30pm
Location: Gerstein Library
Campus: St. George (Downtown) Campus

Learn to design 3D objects in this fun 2.5-hour hands-on workshop!
Where: Gerstein Science Information Centre, Instruction Lab
When: Tuesday, June 12 2:10pm - 4:30pm
​Instructors: Mike Spears, MADLab Manager & Erica Lenton, Gerstein Librarian

Gain familiarity with 3D modeling software and basic techniques of 3D design by following along with our demonstration and then trying assisted practice exercises. During the workshop you will have a chance to try out all the tools you need to create complex, precise 3D models using the free 3D modeling program 123D Design. Along the way we will discuss how virtual 3D models translate to 3D printed objects, and how to avoid basic design pitfalls that make it difficult to print your design.


  • Hands-on practice with all the software tools you need to turn your ideas into physical objects at the Gerstein+MADLab 3D printing facility.
  • Navigate the 3D workspace quickly and precisely without getting lost
  • Recognize features and functions of 3D design software and turn 3D design jargon into part of your regular vocabulary
  • Easily manipulate basic shapes and see how they compare with the printed product
  • Practice building complex shapes by modifying and combining basic solids, or deriving new forms from 2D paths
  • Evaluate the printability of your design, avoid design flaws that can confuse 3D printing software, and improve the look and feel of your printed object
  • Break down complex real-world 3D object into 3D design operations and manipulations required to create a perfect virtual representation
  • Design your own fun, customized 3D model suitable for 3D printing*

* note that only certified users are permitted to use the 3D printer. Get certified!



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