Chris Thiry

Associate Librarian
Map & GIS Librarian
Academic Outreach Coordinator

Chris ThiryChristopher J.J. Thiry has been the Map & GIS Librarian at Mines since 1995. He has extensive knowledge regarding map and GIS resources, map cataloging, and mining history. As the Academic Outreach Coordinator, he has met with a large number of Mines faculty and staff members regarding Library services and resources. He has taught numerous classes on campus regarding research skills. He is a two-time former President of the Western Association of Map Libraries (WAML). He has served on numerous committees on campus including the Faculty Senate, the Re-admissions Committee, and Mines DI&A Allies and Advocates Committee.


Library Room #133
(303) 273-3697
OCRID id: 0000-0002-2348-3303
Contact for: Maps; GIS; Outreach
Department Contact for: Geophysics; Petroleum Engineering


  • Masters of Information and Library Science, University of Michigan
  • Bachelors of Arts (History), University of Michigan

Selected Publications

  • “Gone Walkabout: door-to-door faculty engagement” in, ACRL Scholarly Communications Cookbook, 2021. ISBN: 9780838938478
  • Thiry, Christopher J. J. “GIS-based discovery interface to paper map sets.” e-Perimetron 2017. 12:2 : 60-74.
  • Thiry, Christopher J. J. “Seeing Underground: Maps, Models and Mining Engineering in America: By Eric C. Nystrom. Reno, Nevada: University of Nevada Press, 2014. ISBN: 978-0-87417-932-3. Pp. Xii, 301, Illus., Maps. US $39.95 (cloth).” Imago Mundi 3 July 2015 : 253–253.
  • Thiry, Christopher J.J. “Cataloging Geologic Sections.”Cataloging & Classification Quarterly, 27:1-2, 113-145, DOI: 1300/J104v27n01_06
  • Guide to U.S. Map Resources. 3rd ed. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press, 2006. Print.
  • Thiry, Christopher J.J. “Topographic Maps (scales 1:200,000 to 1:253,440).” 2014. Print.
  • Thiry, Christopher J.J. “Library’s Paper Maps (scales 1:50,000 to 1:150,000).” 2013. Print.

Professional Activities

  • President Western Association of Map Libraries (WAML) (2015/16) & (2000/01)
  • Member Mines DI&A Allies and Advocates Committee (2022- )
  • Member Mines Re-admissions Committee (2002-17)
  • Member Mines University Senate (2002-05)
  • Host Western Association of Map Libraries (WAML) fall 2007, and fall 1999
  • Chair, Cartographic Users Advisory Council (CUAC), July 1999 to June 2000