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The goal of iMapLibraries is to empower local librarians, with development of more precise planning tools, to better serve diverse customer markets within their local community. Although public libraries are funded by local governments, measures of library performance and effectiveness are defined at the national level into a “one size fits all.” Categories are top down and do not fit the increasingly diverse customer profiles in communities large and small, urban and rural across America.

Through the iMapLibraries project, we seek to a) identify library services that are effective in serving more specialized needs and b) develop potential easy-to-collect library metrics that adequately show the value of those services to others, including funding agencies; and c) gather feedback on a potential prototype mapping environment.


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