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Public Library Use of Geographic Information Systems in the United States
Journal of Library Administration (2018)
  • Dr. Anne M Arendt, Utah Valley University
  • Anthony Morris, Utah Valley University
  • Mary Stephens, Utah Valley University
Public libraries are a source of information and resources for the local community, they also play a role in the use of technologies such as geographic information systems (GIS) in that regard. GIS uses maps as output mediums for displaying demographic or similar information, as well as for spatial comparison or spatially based analysis. This is useful for gaining knowledge as well as for decision making. This article reports research into the awareness and use of GIS-type systems in public library settings in hopes of better understanding the benefits, drawbacks, and limitations to use of systems such as these. Primary findings suggest that there continues to exist limited understanding of the capabilities of GIS technology in public libraries and therefore very little demand for it exists in public librarians and patrons alike.
  • geographic information systems,
  • public libraries,
  • GIS,
  • library services,
  • community planning,
  • library administration,
  • library planning
Publication Date
October, 2018
Citation Information
Anne M Arendt, Anthony Morris and Mary Stephens. "Public Library Use of Geographic Information Systems in the United States" Journal of Library Administration Vol. 58 Iss. 8 (2018) p. 779 - 805
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