The Google Geo-Location API now has a fee associated with it.   Free to a point 
but never know when they will change that.   Depends on how much such a thing 
would be worth to you.   You can provide your own tiles with the API so very 
flexible in that regard.  Assuming you could layout your entire library with as 
much detail as you want with the standard google map magnification and 
navigation options.

Here is a possibly useful option using My Maps.   Their My Maps has very crude 
drawing tools but other options are available for importing 
data/images/video/etc. and enhancing the map.   You could create something like 
this but far better looking and associate the appropriate map with items in the 
catalog.  That would give you a somewhat dynamic way to provide directions from 
the item detail, or wherever.  Obviously you could do a similar thing with your 
own maps but might find some things easier or with more options using My Maps.


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Sent: Monday, July 16, 2018 11:34 AM
Subject: Re: [OPEN-ILS-GENERAL] Floor Plan - Map - Drawing Software

Hi Jim,

I LOVE that!

How does one "program the GPS" to a library shelf?

My apologies for my tardy reply - slammed at a new job.

Thank you ever so much.


Date: Wed, 11 Jul 2018 21:36:20 -0500
From: "Jim Taylor" <>
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Subject: Re: [OPEN-ILS-GENERAL] Floor Plan - Map - Drawing Software
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It has been a few years so recalling this from my dusty memory collection but a 
few years ago I saw a presentation by someone in the
Horizon Library world who mapped all his shelves using GPS.   So when
you looked up an item it would dynamically show you where the item was located. 
 Things are even more sophisticated now so you could even
provide "Directions" now on peoples phones.   Click a link and tell it
to "Start" and it would take them to the right shelves.   Probably one
additional table in the database to map Location/Collection/Call# codes to GPS 
coordinates and maybe a bit of map creation and away you
go.   If you wanted to get really fancy you could even do a StreetView
kind of thing for your library so they could "See" where they needed
to go.   Or even fancier, put in LED tiles for flooring and then you
could light up tiles for them to follow.   Sorry, I get carried away
sometimes.   Sounds like a fun project though.


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