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During the Covid-19 pandemic, libraries closed their physical facilities, offered shorter hours, rearranged and removed furniture, shifted to distance service provision, and used geographic information systems to support information sharing. For several decades, library and information studies have used geographic information systems for multiple purposes, and this occurred more than ever during the Covid-19 pandemic. This research investigated different ways libraries and library agencies have been using geographic information systems to support information and resource sharing during the Covid-19 pandemic. The overarching goal was to demonstrate how libraries provide value to local communities and society. Interview research identified multiple mapping projects undertaken either in relation to or during the Covid-19 pandemic, including maps depicting public access to Wi-Fi Internet, library building status, inter-library loan receiving and sending status of libraries, and library usage data, as well as a state Covid-19 data dashboard. Interviewees reported using geographic information systems for ease of use, interactive data displays, comparing multiple data points, increasing engagement and awareness, tailoring services, and currency of reporting. Now that they have made some maps and seen how helpful the maps are for access, interviewees had many ideas for expansion of new mapping projects going forward.
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Journal of Map & Geography Libraries
Mandel, L. H. Library Adoption and Use of GIS as an Information Sharing Tool during the Covid-19 Pandemic. Journal of Map & Geography Libraries, 17(1), 24-38. https://doi.org/10.1080/15420353.2022.2047134 Available at: https://doi.org/10.1080/15420353.2022.2047134