Magazine article American Libraries

Case Study: Leveraging Geographic Data

Magazine article American Libraries

Case Study: Leveraging Geographic Data

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Suffolk County, New York, has 54 public libraries serving all of eastern Long Island. But each library defines its service area by school district and township boundaries, making it sometimes challenging for people to determine which is their library. So the Suffolk Cooperative Library System turned to CIVICTechnologies for a geographic information system (GIS) that provides an interactive web map showing people where they can register for a library card.

Live-brary.com was created last year to be the digital library portal that provides access to electronic services shared by all the public libraries in the county. Patrons need to authenticate library card barcodes to access the OverDrive collection, databases, and homework help, so the library needed to provide an easy way for them to get a card and immediate access. Marc Futterman at CIVICTechnologies was able to pull together data from multiple municipal and government sources, make sense of it, and create a user friendly front-end that directs residents to a template pre-populated with the correct information to identify their library. The Live-brary.com website brings up an interactive map where a patron types in his or her address to find the correct library, driving directions, and the library's hours. …

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