GRI Exhibiting at OLA Super Conference, February 3rd and 4th

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Come visit the Geographic Research booth at the Ontario Library Association Super Conference this season. The conference will take place on February 2-5, 2011 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

The Ontario Library Association is Canada’s largest library organization and OLA’s Super Conference is Canada’s largest continuing education event in librarianship, with the country’s largest library tradeshow.

Stop by our booth for a demonstration and to learn about all of the new features in SimplyMap 2.0!

Expo Hours:
Thursday, February 3, 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Friday, February 4, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Expo Schedule and Highlights

We're Exhibiting at OLA Super Conference!


Midwinter ALA – SimplyMap 2.0 Preview!

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The GRI team will be attending the American Library Association Midwinter meeting this year at the San Diego Convention Center. Visit us in booth 1055 in the exhibit hall from January 7 – 10, 2011.

We will be offering a special preview of SimplyMap 2.0, which has been completely redesigned with superior usability and performance, and a host of new features. Stop by and check it out!

Exhibit Hours:

Friday, January 7, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, January 8 – 9, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday, January 10, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Learn more about the ALA Midwinter Meeting.

Midwinter ALA Exhibitor


SimplyMap is NC Live Featured Resource

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NC LIVE, a member-driven library service organization dedicated to providing online information services that support education, enhance statewide economic development, and increase quality of life of all North Carolinians, highlighted SimplyMap as its featured resource in their August 2010 NC LIVE Insights newsletter.

NC LIVE members include 197 libraries throughout the state, including the NC Community College System, NC Independent College and Universities, NC Public Libraries and the State Library of NC, and the University of North Carolina System. Users can access SimplyMap via NC LIVE’s online library 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from any location with an internet connection.

View the newsletter.



York and Ryerson Universities Subscribe to SimplyMap Canada

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SimplyMap Canada is now available at several Canadian institutions, including York University and Ryerson University, in Toronto.

SimplyMap Canada has all of the great features included in the US version, and Canada-specific data sets from Environics Analytics Group that include  Adjusted Census Data from the year 2006, Current Estimates and Five Year Projections & the Current Estimates Household Expenditure Potential (HEP).  It also includes the D&B Canadian Business Directory, with over 1.1 million Canadian business points. All data is available nationwide for all Canadian geographies including Provinces, census divisions, census subdivisions, census metropolitan areas, census tracts and dissemination areas.

There is a demo of SimplyMap scheduled for September 15th, at York University. Learn more.

Read more on MADAR – Maps and Data at Ryerson

SimplyMap Canada


SimplyMap Makes CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title List

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The GRI team was honored to learn that SimplyMap was included in this year’s Choice Outstanding Academic Title List, published in the January 2010 issue of Choice Magazine. This is a great follow up to the magazine’s December 2009 review of SimplyMap, which bestowed an “Essential” rating on the product.

This year’s Outstanding Academic Title list includes 652 resources chosen by the Choice editorial staff from over 7,000 titles reviewed during the past year. Of the 652 products and services on the list, only 40 of them are electronic resources, truly placing SimplyMap among the elite academic reference tools.

According to Choice, additions to this list are selected for their excellence in scholarship and presentation, the significance of their contribution to the field, and their value as important — often the first — treatment of their subject. Comprising  just over 9% of the titles reviewed  by Choice during the past year, and less than 3% of the more than 25,000 titles submitted to Choice during that period, selections for the Outstanding Academic Titles list are truly the “best of the best.”

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Visit GRI at PLA Conference in Portland March 24-26

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The GRI team will be exhibiting at the 2010 Public Library Association conference later this month at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, OR.

The PLA National Conference is the premier professional development event for public librarians, public library workers, trustees, Friends, library vendors, and others with an interest in public libraries. PLA 2010 will provide opportunities to learn new ideas, share success stores, hear best practices and meet colleagues from across the county and around the world. For detailed program information, click here.

Stop by booth 900 to ask questions, view a demo of SimplyMap, or enter our raffle for a free monitor!


Exhibit Hours
Wednesday, March 24
4 – 6:30pm
Exhibits Opening Reception

Thursday, March 25
9:30am – 5pm
Coffee breaks at 9:45am and 3:15pm

Friday, March 26
9:30am – 4pm
Coffee break at 9:45am and Exhibits Closing Reception from 3:15 – 4pm


GRI Exhibiting at Ontario Library Association Super Conference Feb 24-27

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Come visit the Geographic Research booth at the Ontario Library Association Super Conference, February 24-27, 2010 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

The Ontario Library Association is Canada’s largest library organization and OLA’s Super Conference is Canada’s largest continuing education event in librarianship, with the country’s largest library tradeshow.

GRI will be exhibiting in booth T14. Stop by and visit us for a demonstration and information about SimplyMap Canada!

Expo Hours:
Thursday, February 25: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Friday, February 26: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Expo schedule and highlights

OLA Super Conference 2010


Skokie Public Library calls SimplyMap a Powerful New Marketing Tool

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Skokie Public Library, in Skokie, IL has published a useful overview of SimplyMap on the Mike’s Space blog on SkokieNet. The article is filled with examples of research questions that can be easily analyzed, answered, and presented with SimplyMap, such as ranking ZIP codes in Chicago with the highest percentage of new car owners, foreign car owners, or fast food consumption, to name a few.

The piece notes that SimplyMap allows small businesses to inexpensively access demographic and buying habits of current and potential customers; research that would have been available only to larger, deep-pocketed organizations just a few years ago.

Providing this helpful overview encourages Skokie Public Library’s patrons to take a closer look at this and other tools available to all cardholders. Earlier this year, SkokieNet launched a new business portal with the purpose of supporting local businesses via access to valuable research and reference tools, including SimplyMap.

Read the full overview on SkokieNet.