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PLGDB Launch

GeoLib Receives 2007 Inovator Award from Florida State University Research Foundation

The FSU Office of Research and the FSU Research Foundation are pleased to recognize Principal Investigator, Dr. Christie Koontz and related GeoLib staff for submitting disclosures for their work during the 2006-2007 & 2007-2008 Fiscal Year. This indicates the research and work of the unit are being considered by the private or public sector for product development.

Since the inception of the PLGDB in 2001, the database was built upon NCES 1999 level library use data. We now have the NCES 2003 library use data, and more up to date library locations. GeoLib staff is uploading the 2004 file in the Spring of 2007, which will be funded by a contract through the FSU Information Institute and ALA Office of Research.

Need help with using the PLGDB? If you would like a preliminary print tutorial, please click here. "U.S. Public Library Geographic Database Tutorial." NOTE TO EDUCATORS: If you are using the PLGDB for a class assignment, contact Dr. Koontz to assure the server is up and running one week ahead.

Florida State University's GeoLib Program ( ) launched the National Public Library Geographic Database in fall 2003. The database includes the locations of 16,000 public libraries, data sets from the US Census, and library use statistics from the National Center for Educational Statistics. The goal of this database is to provide consolidated information on public libraries nationwide, easily accessible over the Internet.

Check out the PLGDB! You can select a library and zoom into the geographic area representing the community the library serves. You can select population characteristics that describe library users. Currently you can select population, gender and age, up to a 15 mile radius around the library. There is also library use data available. Many new datasets and map actions will be added as resources allow.

A key ingredient to the long term success of the PLGDB is not only the ongoing incorporation of other relevant data, but also we need your feedback as to what data you would like to have in the future. We hope the database will offer access to data that can shape local, regional and national library policies. For more information about GeoLib and its programs and to find out about the latest status and data releases of the National Public Library Geographic Database check back on this website regularly.

For more information contact project director, Dr. Christie Koontz, 850.645-7145 or e-mail .

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