Normative Data Project for Libraries

GIS Mapping in NDP

When analysis leads to a specific set of peer libraries, whether based on population served, geographic coding, annual visits, funding, expenditures, annual circulation, collection, or any combination of these factors, NDP seamlessly integrates corresponding geographic maps and neighborhood demographics as a logical next-step through a partnership with GeoLib.

GeoLib is a research program of the Florida Resources and Environmental Analysis Center (FREAC), which is within the Institute of Science and Public Affairs (ISPA) at The Florida State University (FSU).


Geographic Mapping and Neighborhood Demographics

NDP Screenshot: GIS Mapping, Screen 2

Analyzing the demographic profile of a library's market area is as easy as clicking the Lauch Map button that is associated with every Library System and Library Outlet contained in the NDP data warehouse.

Demographic profile data is summed at the census block group level, and more specifically, at the market area level for the more than 16,000 public library outlets in the United States. Profile data provides immediate feedback to your "what-if" mapping questions.

  • What if the market area for my branch library expanded by these three block groups? How would library services need to change?
  • Does our real-world library customer market area correspond to our legal service area? How does it differ and in what ways does this affect our ability to provide quality service to all citizens?