The goal of this IMLS National Forum Grant 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 and hence serve same, 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.
GeoLib's mission is two fold. First, to improve access to digital geographic information in libraries, regardless of whether the information is desired by library users or by library managers. And secondly, to apply marketing solutions to library problems. Since 1996, GeoLib has been actively involved in projects that support its mission. A nationwide library study funded by the U.S. Department of Education in 1996 helped provide the funding for this web site. GeoLib.org is designed as a portal to other web sites that provide information about easy-to-use digital geographic information for researchers, librarians, geographic information system (GIS) specialists, and the general public. These resources encourage users to become aware of how important geographic information can be in the decision making process. GeoLib is supported by professionals from many disciplines experienced in creatively solving problems using advanced computing resources and geographic information systems. Many work within the university and institute, while others are experts from the public and private sector.
Emergency and Natural Disaster Information System (ENDIS)
Contracted by the United States Army Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), this project integrated live hurricane tracking with cyclone forecasting from a variety of meteorological sources. This decision support tool enabled emergency managers to compare various scenarios for Caribbean disaster preparedness planning as the storms were underway. Users can see forecasts from various sources, including data from the FSU SuperEnsemble.
Florida State University (FSU) Homeland Security
FSU's Homeland Security project fulfilled State requirements that public building information be collected for emergency management purposes. Information vital to emergency managers was collected via secure log-in. The resulting password-protected map and database contains over 750 geo-referenced photographs.
Public Lands Parcel Size Attributes Reconciliation
The Public Lands Research Program has developed a procedure to be utilized in the determination of parcel sizes for those publicly owned lands for which there appears to be no discernable size parameters or attributes.
Land Parcel Feasibility Study
An assessment of digital land parcels in Florida and how to make them available to state agencies.
Cultural Affairs Interactive Map
This interactive map is designed to provide visualization of Department of State (DOS) Division of Cultural Affairs facility funding for recent history. Florida highlighting heritage and other non-commercial tourist attractions. This map prepares the foundation for future enhancements to funding tracking.
Florida Memory Project
FREAC has assisted with the design and development of the overall Florida Memory Project web site for many years. From database development to graphic design, FREAC provides support for Department of State staff. Projects include: Spanish Land Grants, Call/Brevard Papers, and World War I Service cards.
Nature-Based Recreation Interpretive Materials
FREAC is working with Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission (FFWCC) to standardize the graphic presentation of information promoting nature-based recreation on Florida's Wildlife Management Areas. Projects include brochures, maps, guides and interpretive signage.
Tour Franklin County
The historical and cultural attractions of Franklin County, Florida are presented visually and interactively.
Conservation Lands Interactive Map
Florida's interactive map of conservation lands was one of the first in the nation.