I’ve been building the library’s collection of geography, GIS, and demography books, and many of them have started arriving. I thought I’d share some of best picks with everyone. Here’s a subset of some of the GIS titles (and more are on the way!)
A to Z GIS : an illustrated dictionary of geographic information systems 2nd ed
Wade, Tasha and Sommer, Shelly
ESRI Press, 2006
Convenient print copy of ESRI’s online glossary, with nice illustrations.
Beyond mapping : meeting national needs through enhanced geographic information science
National Research Council (U.S.). Committee on Beyond Mapping
National Academies Press, 2006
A concise overview of GIS: where it’s been, where it is, where it needs to go, and why.
Elevation data for floodplain mapping
National Research Council (U.S.). Committee on Floodplain Mapping Technologies
National Academies Press, 2007.
The specific topic is quite salient, but this book also serves as great intro to rasters and remote sensing in general.
Geographic information systems demystified
Galati, Stephen R
Artech House, 2006.
A non-ESRI overview of GIS. It’s been checked out since it arrived, so it must be good!
Georeferencing : the geographic associations of information
Hill, Linda L.
MIT Press, 2006.
This is what I’m reading now. It covers spatial cognition, digitization, coordinates, ontologies, gazetteers, metadata, info retrieval, and more.
Getting to know ArcGIS desktop : basics of ArcView, ArcEditor, and ArcInfo 2nd ed., updated for ArcGIS 9.
Ormsby, Tim, et. al.
ESRI Press, 2004
At this point, the old stand-by introduction to ArcGIS
Making maps : a visual guide to map design for GIS
Krygier, John and Wood, Denis
Guilford Press, 2005
Easy to read and cleverly organized overview of cartographic conventions and design for GIS
Statistical methods for geography : a student guide 2nd ed.
Rogerson, Peter A.
Sage Publications, 2006.
Nice overview of this topic with many examples.