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Title:Disparities in distribution of information resources in the city of Philadelphia: Spatial analysis of socio-demographic and information resource variables
Author(s):Khazraee, Emad; Townes, Adam; Grubesic, Anthony
Subject(s):information equity
information access
urban information gateways
geographic information system
information behavior
information policy
social and community informatics
Abstract:This study explored the use of GIS techniques to spatially explore and identify areas where provision of public library and information services are insufficient. By identifying the spatial distribution of inequity of access to information services in Philadelphia. Geographic analysis techniques were applied to investigate the existence of a relationship between spatial orientation, socio-economic factors and information access. The findings of this study suggest the existence of a spatial pattern in relation to disparity of the distribution of information resources in Philadelphia. A secondary analysis utilized the aforementioned findings to assess the existence of patterns of library service provision on a limited data set. The results of analyses indicate that in the disadvantaged areas of Philadelphia, public libraries play the role of information access gateways/bridges. The findings can be used to better locate the future public library and information service centers in the city of Philadelphia.
Issue Date:2013-02
Citation Info:Khazraee, E., Townes, A., & Grubesic, A. (2013). Disparities in distribution of information resources in the city of Philadelphia: spatial analysis of socio-demographic and information resource variables. iConference 2013 Proceedings (pp. 449-456). doi:10.9776/13253
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed:is peer reviewed
Rights Information:Copyright © 2013 is held by the authors. Copyright permissions, when appropriate, must be obtained directly from the authors.
Date Available in IDEALS:2013-01-30

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