Libraries are the pride of many communities in the United States, offering free access to many materials, programming, access to internet and other technologies, and serving as a meeting place. They are also safe spaces for neurodivergent individuals who rely on them as a place for daytime shelter, information, and other resources.
The Waterloo Public Library sought to understand how account holders were spread across Waterloo in order to identify areas that may need to be better served. Addresses of existing account holders were mapped with GIS, which provided several opportunities for further analysis, including account holders outside of city boundaries, households not using WPL services, and more.
Graduate students in the School of Library & Information Science partnered with Keokuk Public Library staff to build a database to extend access to the Bickel Collection housed at the library.
Graduate students in the School of Library & Information Science provided a framework for digitizing thousands of archived local historical records that currently exist only as print documents in Webster City's Kendall Young Library.
Students in the course Museums in a Digital World developed social media and digital engagements based on the special collections of the Kendall Young Library.
Graduate students in the School of Library & Information Science built a framework and online platform for archiving data related to Mason City architecture.
Graduate students in the School of Library and Information Science worked with the Washington Free Public Library to address goals related to the library’s long-term plan, particularly in relation to the Children’s Area. Projects included evaluating the potential for creation of a parenting collection, reclassification of the Children’s Area, and rearranging the Children’s Area to create a welcoming environment.