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Accuracy of Library Locations
For the most part, the locations of the libraries on the map is fairly
accurate. There are several reasons why there may be inaccuracies in the
original data. For the most part, the inaccuracies are often more
pronounced in rural areas, but some of the same problems occur no matter the
location, because the original source data was either incorrect or incomplete.
Helping Make it More Accurate
We provide an [Update]
capability for each library location.
Using this interface, you can easily update the exact location of a library using the
interactive map. The Google Maps version supports
Satellite and Hybrid views that work especially well in Urban locations, in that
you can often see the exact library building, enabling pin-point accuracy.
Why is my Library Location Wrong?
The accuracy of the data is in large part is a direct result of the quality of
the data from our sources. We use geo-coding
services that use provided street addresses and/or postal codes to identify each
location on the map. Although in some instances a Postal Code may represent a small area geographically,
geo-coding works better when a physical address is provided, rather than a mailing address.
The original data contained many postal addresses only, especially for rural libraries.
In those instances, the automatic geo-coding may not be that accurate.