Using Open Data to Inform Public Library Branch Services

Bibliographic Details

Title
Using Open Data to Inform Public Library Branch Services
Authors and Corporations
Nic Weber; Karalyn Rose Ostler; Bree Norlander
Year of Publication
2020
Type of Resource
Preprint
Source
LISSA
sid-179-col-lissa
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Summary
This article describes the curation and use of open demographic data to inform public library services. A case study of census data curated for the Seattle Public Library (SPL) system is described. To understand the information needs of library branches, a set of SPL regional managers were interviewed, a set of use cases were created, and a prototype dashboard tool using open census data was developed to address the needs of two SPL regions. The utility of available open data to meet the needs of regional managers is reviewed, as well as the potential development of replicable data analysis tools for keeping public libraries aware of shifting neighborhood demographics.
Language
English
DOI
10.31229/OSF.IO/Y2BKE