Building Roseburg Public Library’s Community Demographics Dashboard
A GIS practicum report submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science In Geographic Information Science.
In a globally connected society becoming increasingly reliant on data, community GIS practitioners help bring spatial data to community organizations and other community partners in the form of data acquisition, collection, analytics, visualization, and presentation. Many Community GIS practitioners help their community partners better serve their community by harnessing the power of GIS, including community partners who advocate for and provide services to their community. Public libraries are one such service-providing entity that has been struggling in modern times, especially in rural areas. The Center for Geography Education in Oregon received grant funding in 2020 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services for the GIS-Mapping Exchange, a program meant to provide funding and help connect public libraries with GIS technology while fostering relationships with local GIS professionals. During the summer of 2022, a partnership was formed with the Roseburg Public Library in central Oregon. This report documents not only an example of community GIS, but also a pilot project for the GIS-Mapping Exchange. The goal of this partnership was to create operations dashboards for the library, summarizing their active library cardholder data alongside demographic data from the 2020 US Decennial Census, the 2020 American Community Survey, and current Student Enrollment data from the Oregon department of education. The data for these dashboards was prepared using Esri’s ArcGIS Pro and hosted on ArcGIS Online along with the dashboards themselves. These dashboards will be used to gain insight into the spatial distribution of active library cardholders and the demographics of the community they’re serving, helping the library conduct better outreach and apply for grants.