GeoLib is a research program of the College of Information at The Florida State
University (FSU). GeoLib offers a wide variety of services at the local, state, national and global level.
Library Long Range Planning
GeoLib offers an inside-out approach to library master planning. An analysis is conducted of your actual and potential customer markets, utilizing up-to-date technologies such as geographic information system software (GIS) and marketing research techniques. Our methods facilitate cost effective futures. Click here for an example.
Identification of Geographic Market Areas
GeoLib offers a decade of experience to optimally identify your primary and secondary customer market areas through proven research and technology. Click here for an example of geocoded user address data in a geographic information system environment.
Optimal Library Facility and Siting and Location
Koontz, director of GeoLib authored, "Library Facility Siting and Location Handbook," (Greenwood: 1997). This publication is a landmark in understanding the spatial nature of public libraries. Click here for an excerpt from chapter two which tells a tale of history of the spatial development of the American public library, and illuminates the need for more sophisticated siting methods. GeoLib offers cost effective solutions to expensive siting dilemmas.
GeoLib works with states to develop assessments of LSTA funding on special populations, analysis of library use over time, and targeted and customized research.
Statewide Library Long Range Planning
GeoLib offers an inside-out approach to library planning at the state level. An analysis is conducted of actual and potential customer markets, utilizing up-to-date technologies such as geographic information system software (GIS) and marketing research techniques. Our methods facilitate cost effective futures.
GeoLib designed the US Public Library Geographic Database (accessible through this site), conducted analyses of US public libraries serving areas of poverty (click here), and enhanced methodlogies for determining E-Rate funding, click (here). GeoLib offers customized research and policy analysis at the national level.
While geographic data is not freely available in all countries, approximations of data relevant to a country's libraries can be suggested by GeoLib staff. Consultation is underway to develop an international geographic database for the world's libraries.
Please take a moment to learn more about GeoLib staff by clicking here. Call Christie Koontz, (850) 645-7145.
College of Communication & Information
School of Library & Information Studies
The Florida State University
Louis Shores Building (MC2100)
142 Collegiate Loop
PO Box 3062100
Tallahassee, FL 32306-2100
Phone: (850) 645-7145
Fax: (850) 644-9763