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I have conducted survey and ethnographic research that has shown people value geographically relevant information and that they will georeference information themselves for a variety of motivations.
Yet the current mechanisms in library collections to georeference information through automation or manual effort are often not sufficient. Current projects are providing online, collaborative tools to allow people to georeference material. This crowdsourcing model of social georeferencing is not only scalable but also allows people to determine the place of information resources that they find meaningful.
This presentation will introduce the core concepts of geographic relevance, georeferencing mechanisms, geosocial networking, and locative technology to present a model for libraries to consider that may help bring their collections into the field.