ESRI and Civic Technologies to debut first GIS Tool for Library Directors

ESRI and Civic Technologies to debut first GIS Tool for Library Directors

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A new Internet application will enable library directors and their staff to offer services that are tailored to their communities’ needs with the help of ESRI’s GIS technology. LibraryDecision is a cost-effective planning tool to help library administrators plan and allocate resources, initiate demand-responsive services, and anticipate future service requirements. ESRI, the world leader in geographic information system (GIS) solutions, and its business partner, Civic Technologies, Inc., of Los Angeles, will officially launch the comprehensive Internet-based GIS application during the American Library Association (ALA) annual conference June 13–19 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Powered by ESRI’s ArcGIS and ArcIMS, LibraryDecision is a knowledge management system enabling library managers to analyze and interpret community needs and characteristics; determine library service areas, cardholder usage, and service levels; identify and select library sites; share information; demonstrate the need for funding and make competitive grant applications; and visually analyze data relationships. LibraryDecision combines a library’s own data with easy access to Census 2000 and other geographic and socioeconomic information to help library administrators deliver more effective public services and to quickly and accurately solve problems and address new initiatives.

Eight data modules are prepackaged with LibraryDecision and are supplemented with the library’s own outlet and management data such as circulation, collections, facilities, and capacities. Library directors have access through an authenticated password from the Civic Technologies Web site or from a link on their own library Internet page. LibraryDecision is a scalable solution for any library jurisdiction from one library to dozens of branches and brings the power of GIS analysis and visualization to subscribers via their Web browsers.

The Civic Technologies solution uses a customized version of ESRI’s ArcGIS and ArcSDE to query a structured query language (SQL) database, and ArcIMS enables distribution of the data online. Clients can transfer data to the server either through online forms or directly in specific formats.

Civic Technologies also offers customization of LibraryDecision that extends its analytical and interpretive capabilities. The firm has completed successful implementations of customized GIS applications at the County of Los Angeles Public Library and the A.K. Smiley Library in Redlands, California. Civic Technologies is also assisting the San Diego Public Library to prepare California Library Bond Act applications for matching grants and has been selected by the City of Glendale (California) Public Library to prepare library service area assessment and a strategic plan.