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About GeoLib
Library users 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.

Locally

  • 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.

    Statewide

  • Impact Studies
    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.

    Nationally

  • Customized Research
    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.

    Globally

  • 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.



    GeoLib
    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
    E-mail: CKoontz@cci.fsu.edu