Christie Koontz, PhD., Director, GeoLib
Dr. Koontz is a faculty member at Florida State University since 1990. Her academic training and
work life are in communications, including journalism, advertising, and marketing.
Her Ph.D is from the School of Information Studies at FSU.
Koontz pioneered the critical need to understand the geographic and
spatial nature of individual libraries, by collecting data that describe people who use a
single library, and what materials and services they use, and approximating the distance
they will travel for library services. Koontz won the prestigious Carroll Baber
Research Award from the American Library Association, to identify differences in use
patterns amongst communities comprised of people with greater or lesser income, education,
and racial diversity. This research led to a nationwide study identifying 3500 lower income and majority
minority library markets, describing how people within these markets use materials
and services in the library. This type of in-library use is rarely collected by
public libraries, and provides a picture of the critical and diverse information
needs of people who have less discretionary time, and are less likely to have the library and reading habit. Other research studies can be found on the Projects page, as well as listed in the Publications page of this website.
Koontz' research is the
basis of the U.S. Public Library Geographic Database (accessible through this site.)
The database includes relevant US census data and library use data from
16,000 communities. Koontz teaches marketing domestically
and abroad, is a columnist for Marketing Library Services, published by Information
Today www.infotoday.com. Koontz is an associate in information studies at the College of Information, facilitating recruitment, teaching marketing, and serving as the excutive director of Beta Phi Mu International Library and Information Studies Honor Society <http://www.beta-phi-mu.org/>.
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