Joshua Sadvari

Geospatial Information Librn

Research and Education
175 W 18th Ave Columbus OH 43210-1150
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Joshua Sadvari is the Geospatial Information Librarian at The Ohio State University Libraries. In this role, Sadvari is responsible for developing and delivering educational activities to support the use of geographic information systems (GIS) in research and teaching and for acting as a project consultant for faculty, staff, and students from all disciplines who are working with geospatial data, methods, and tools. Through his work, Sadvari saves researchers time by connecting them with appropriate geospatial information resources at their point of need and helps them to effectively use GIS in impactful ways in their scholarship.

Consultation and Support Areas

  • Geospatial Data, Methods, and Tools
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Spatial Analysis
  • Mapping

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About Joshua

My academic background is originally in anthropology, and before joining the University Libraries, I was a researcher involved in several large-scale, international, collaborative projects in the United States and Turkey. It was in this context that I developed some foundational analytical and technical skills in using GIS to address anthropological research questions.

I joined the University Libraries as a staff member in 2014 and contributed to the launch and ongoing development of the Research Commons spaces and services, including geospatial information services. I was attracted by the idea of applying my research skills in a new arena to help advance the great work that faculty and students are doing at Ohio State.

While working at the University Libraries, I pursued a second Master’s degree in Geographic Information Science, and I became a faculty librarian in early 2019. I am passionate about applying my research and GIS skills to help OSU scholars across all disciplines answer research questions, solve pressing problems, and make data-driven decisions.


  • MGISc (2018), Department of Geography, Kent State University
  • MA (2009), Department of Anthropology, The Ohio State University

Areas of Interest

  • GIS and Mapping
  • Geospatial Data
  • Social Science Data
  • Environmental Science Data
  • Data Literacy

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Committees and Service

  • Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility and Social Justice Committee
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Map & Geography Libraries
  • Big Ten Academic Alliance Geospatial Information Network (Co-chair, Collection Development & Education Outreach Committee)
  • Research Data Access & Preservation Association DEIA Action Committee