Tsering Wangyal Shawa
316 South Stanworth
Princeton, NJ 0854O
Phone: (609) 528-6804
E-mail: shawatw@princeton.edu


August 1998 - Present: Geographic Information Systems Librarian, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ. Responsible for the design, launching, and management of an automated digital cartographic and geospatial information service in a campus-wide networked environment. Provide ongoing reference, research consultation, and instruction to users and library staff. Also responsible for the selection of data, software, and hardware for GIS. Catalog and organize the digital collection and make it available for use. Design and deliver instructional short courses in GIS tools and data for patrons and staff, and act as a consultant to patrons needing special assistance for courses or projects integrating GIS. Continue to develop and maintain the Digital Map and Geospatial Information Centerís web sites. Assist in the operation of the Geosciences Library, in library planning and projects, supervision of staff, and deputizing for the Geosciences Librarian.

October 1997 - June 1998: Resident Librarian/Assistant Map Librarian, Miami University, Oxford, OH. Managed the Map Library, provided map reference service, cataloged cartographic materials, served as subject specialist in maps, recommended policies and oversaw compliance with GPO, participated in library and university governance, taught Internet class. Hired, trained and supervised student employees. Helped with OhioView project, initiated and wrote a plan and policies for reducing the backlog of uncataloged maps.

September 1993 - August 1996: Collection Assistant III, Olin Reference-Map Collections, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. Assisted with processing and management of a collection consisting of over 200,000 maps, atlases and digital spatial data. Provided information on cartographic materials to library patrons. Searched local and national databases for bibliographic source records of backlog maps, created data entry worksheets for maps, sorted and cataloged incoming maps, assisted patrons in Desk-top mapping programs.


August 1997: Designed Maps for Book. Researched and designed map using Adobe Photoshop and CorelDRAW software for upcoming book called Labrang Monastery: A Tibetan Buddhist Monastery at the Crossroads of Four Cultures, written by Professor Paul Nietupski of John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio.

May - July 1997: GIS Internship, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Albany, NY. Converted and edited scanned maps of New York State 1:24,000 produced by USGS into vector maps. These edited vector maps are used for creating high-resolution Digital Elevation Models (DEM). Also took elevation data from DLG 1:24,000 images in order to check the elevation of the edited vector maps. The DEM maps are used to check the flow of the hydrography network, and are later sent to USGS. This Department is currently the only institution in the United States that creates a level 3 DEM (10 X 10 meter area). The internship involved using LT4X and Delta 3D software on UNIX environment and ArcView 3.0 software on Windows 95.

January - April 1997: GIS Internship, New York State Library, Albany, NY. Developed user-friendly location maps of historical earthquake sites in New York State, using data from the New York State Earthquake Hazard Reduction Program. Worked on Newspaper Locator Project, a gateway to the vast collection of New York newspapers held by the NYSL on microfilm. Helped write user manual for historical earthquake sites and Newspaper Locator Project. Also assisted in researching and geocoding of various public libraries in New York State. This internship involved using ArcView 3.0 software.

February 1996 - June 1996 (part-time): Geographical Information System Assistant, Toxics Targeting Inc., Ithaca, NY. Researched, address-matched, and mapped locations of toxic waste sites using EPA data.

Spring 1995: GIS Project, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. Analyzed changing sea-levels as indicators of paleoclimate in Tibet, with special reference to the lake called Ziling Tso, for a seminar course in Geographic Information Systems. This project was part of research on the paleoclimate of the Tibetan Plateau on which the Cornell University Geology Department is still working. This project involved using ARC/INFO and ER-Mapper software.

Fall 1994: GIS Project, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. Mapped and analyzed cultural diversity factors affecting the distribution of ethnic populations in school districts in Tompkins County, New York, for a GIS course. In this class we used TIGER/files, ARC/INFO, IDRISI, and ArcView software.

1985-1987: Various Projects on Cartography. While pursuing degrees in Cartography and Geography: designed and created a Demographic Atlas of Gujarat State, India, using various statistical techniques to depict demographic patterns such as population distribution, population potential, and population size. Made several socio-economic maps, including an Ethnolinguistic Map of Lhadak, Lahuals and Spitis Districts, India. Criminal Geography Report on Delhi, India with maps depicting criminal patterns.


February 1995: International Non-Governmental Organization Consultation on the Mountain Agenda, Lima, Peru. Invited to participate in international conference on mountain environments by the Mountain Institute. This consultation was convened at the request of the UN Inter-Agency Task Force on The Mountain Agenda, with the FAO (Food and Agricultural Organization) as a focal point.

September 1989 - January 1991: Lecturer, Geography, University of Juba, Khartoum, Sudan. Taught Cartography and Physical geography to undergraduate students reading for the degree of Bachelor of Education (Arts); supervised student teachers in Secondary School; helped upgrade geography curriculum.

September 1987 - August 1989: Head of Geography Department, Manor House High School, Kitale, Kenya. Taught geography to high school students; coached school soccer team and helped in overall school sport and games activities.