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Title:iMapLibraries: Mapping opportunities for lifelong learning
Author(s):Spears, Laura; Ramos, Nathaniel, Jr.; Lee, Jisue
Subject(s):libraries
social media
mapping
GIS
education
information services
social computing
Abstract:The iMapLibraries project combines social media with online mapping to help users find free lifelong learning classes available at local public libraries. Data on classes is solicited through a social media campaign which invites public libraries to “put themselves on the map.” Libraries can add data about classes directly into the iMapLibraries tool through an online registration page. Data is collected into a Google Fusion Table which produces a Google Map of the libraries with five categories of classes offered plus clickable links for more information via the library’s web site, Facebook, Twitter, and calendar page. iMapLibraries offers potential for improving public access to lifelong learning classes in libraries, and demonstrates new ways for libraries to collect and share data on available lifelong learning programs and services through social media and online mapping. Future possibilities include mapping other library use data such as meeting spaces, book groups, and tutoring services offered in different languages, which could be found on interactive maps accessible on the web, through social media, and via mobile apps.
Issue Date:2013-02
Publisher:iSchools
Citation Info:Spears, L., Ramos Jr., N., & Lee, J. (2013). iMapLibraries: Mapping opportunities for lifelong learning. iConference 2013 Proceedings (pp. 1106-1109). doi:10.9776/13529
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
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Type:Text
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Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/42536
DOI:10.9776/13529
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:2013-02-04


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