StackMap’s Simple Set-Up

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The Austin Public Library and StackMap have made the local news!

Jake Fejedelem heard about StackMap at the SELCO consortium webinar.

“I watched the demo and thought, I’ve got to have that. I made a good case for it at my library and the ball got rolling. Two weeks later we had it up and running.”

“It was an incredibly brief process. Doing the actual stackmapping was really easy; I did it myself over the course of two days so it wasn’t a staff drain.”

He pointed us to the recently published piece on the subject: “Reporters came into find out about how some internet hotspots had been functioning (they weren’t) and I said let me show you something else that’s cool.”

Here’s the article:

Austin Public Library has a new tool to help patrons find their books and other items to check out.

Earlier this month, the library debuted a program through StackMap where library patrons can look up items on the SELCO and Austin Public Library sites and generate a map to their location.

“So for people who don’t know the Dewey Decimal System or aren’t really sure where some of these smaller collections in the library are, it will actually show you physically in the library where it is, and you can even print it off from home,” Technology Librarian Jake Fejedelem said.

Austin is the first SELCO library to use the system after the idea came up at a tech team meeting, and the idea excited Fejedelem.

“That’s like the coolest thing I’ve ever seen,” Fejedelem joked.

StackMap takes a floor plan of the library and all the shelving and the library then plots all the call numbers for books and movies to the map.

When people log in at the library or at home, they simply hit the “Map It” button and then get a printable map that shows where the item is located.

Though it will take a bit for people to learn about and get used to the program, Fejedelem said it will help answer one of the most commonly asked questions at the library: Where is this item?

“It’s like: That solves so many problems,” he said. “I think once people get used to using it, it’s going to be a game-changer, because a lot of questions we get are: I have it up on the catalog; where is it in the library?”

On the average shift, Fejedelem said he’ll get about a dozen questions per shift asking for help finding books.


See StackMap in the Austin Daily Herald here. Thanks to Jake and Austin Public Library for your kind words. We’re so happy to be working with you!



Thinking about getting StackMap for your library? Questions about the setup process? Get in touch with us at We’d love to hear from you.

Mapping Difficult Spaces


Recently we spoke with Lydia Borsh of Dartmouth’s Baker-Berry Library about StackMap’s role in improving the ease of navigating unusual buildings.

There are quirks about our building and arrangement of books that StackMap is especially helpful with.

We have a melding of two buildings: a newer and an older library. The newer library is comprised of 90% moveable shelving and the older library has old-fashioned iron stacks. All over, the building has angles, nooks and crannies, and because of this, the way we organize books is not necessarily intuitive.

For example, we have two areas in the basement labeled A and B, with doors to annexes that look like exits. Our patrons expect the numbers to wrap straight around, but instead the numbers follow through the closed doors to each annex. It’s not how you think it would be.

With our patrons, mobile device compatibility is a big plus. When students look up a book and 15 minutes later are 2 floors below, they can bring the map right up on their phones. It makes finding books in unconventional spaces easy.

Everyone has been really thrilled with it, even people who just like to browse.

StackMap is one of those technologies that even people who are averse to technology appreciate.

— Lydia Borsh, of Dartmouth’s Baker-Berry Library

Prospective and current StackMap users: Do you have questions about mapping an unconventional library? Feel free to get in touch with us at! We’d love to hear from you.
Thank you Lydia and all of the patrons of Dartmouth’s Baker-Berry Library! And Happy New Year to all.

Customizing Your Library’s StackMap

We often speak with librarians who ask us about customizing StackMap for the needs of their particular patrons or library. “Can we change how this looks?” or “Can we change how this works?” The answer is yes!

We spoke with Sarah Slack, the Electronic Resources Manager at St. Charles Public Library in St. Charles, Illinois, about her experience requesting changes for her library’s StackMap instance to suit the unique needs of her patrons as she learned more about how she and they were using the product.


“There have been several tweaks and changes we’ve made over the life of our map.

In the original view, the whole range of books on each shelf was listed. Patrons would come up to the desk with call numbers like ‘FIC A – FIC ZZZ’ or looking for ‘Range S7.’ Troubleshooting inaccurate call numbers was easier for me when I could see at a glance if the range for the shelf was correct and formatted correctly.

Having the entire range listed exposed why an item might be showing up in the wrong place.

But it made sense to simplify the map display to suit our patron’s needs.

Now the display is simpler and shows patrons only what they need to know in order to find their item.

We also condensed the wording that explained to patrons where to find the shelf their item was located on. We found that having the two key pieces of information separated by the call number was confusing to some people.


A more recent change was the color of the icons for our Emergency Exits, because they were the same color as the red indicators for where items are located.”


 – Sarah Slack, St. Charles Library, IL                   Logo -NEW original



Commonly Asked Questions on StackMap Customization:

How can I request changes to the appearance of my StackMap integration?

Just send us an email at Integration changes are simple to execute on our end, and getting your StackMap to look the way you want is our highest priority.

I’ve been using StackMap for a while, is it too late to customize my implementation?

Never! We can tailor the maps at any time. Lots of our customers have requested incremental changes as they discover specific needs of their patron base.

What changes are possible? What changes are not?

We are pretty accommodating people. Try us! Bet we can make it happen.

We’d love to feature your library on the StackMap Blog. Write to and tell your story.

Summon integration at Florida State University Libraries

StackMap has been mapping items at Florida State University’s Strozier and Dirac libraries for a number of years now. This year, FSU added Summon as the library’s primary discovery interface. Now that StackMap has integrated with Summon, users not only see StackMap’s “Floor map” buttons in the traditional catalog, but also in the Summon search results page.


Screen Shot 2014-09-09 at 3.42.13 PMThis picture is from the first page of results when searching “the grapes of wrath” in the Summon search bar on FSU Libraries’ homepage. Instead of having to click on the title to go to the item’s individual record page within the catalog, the user is able to see the item’s location on a map directly from the search results page.

Together, Summon and StackMap are helping patrons locate resources with even more ease and efficiency.

Hampton Library’s mobile app uses StackMap


The Hampton Library of Bridgehampton, New York has been using StackMap for several months now. With their online catalog, you can search for a resource that you want (like Gone With The Wind, in this case) and easily find the physical copy with one click of the “Map It” button.

Once you hit that button, a mapiPhoneWhiteHampton just like the one to the right will show up. The Hampton Library maps are detailed enough to show exactly which section and row of shelving holds your item; here, we see that Gone With The Wind is in the fiction section.

An even more helpful aspect of Hampton Library’s StackMap integration is that it connects with the Hampton Library mobile application (powered by Capira Technologies).

With the help of the mobile app, patrons can get maps on their mobile device to take with them as they navigate through the library–just one other way StackMap makes it easier to locate the resources you need at any participating libraiPhoneHamptonry.

Hampton Library Director Kelly Harris elaborated on what is compelling to her about StackMap by saying, “I’m always looking for ways to reach out to people who want to use the library, who would use the library, but want to do it themselves, for a student, or a busy younger mom, or a college-age kid, yes, they want to use the library and grab what they need, but they don’t necessarily want to ask ‘where is this book?’ There’s a feeling that ‘I should be able to do this myself.’”

You can download the Hampton Library App for your device, free of charge. The Hampton Library Application is powered by Capira Technologies.

For more information on Capira you can visit

The Hampton Library serves as a community center for the East End communities of Long Island providing educational and cultural programs for all members of the community.

USC Launches StackMap at Doheny Library

 University of Southern California – Doheny Library


The University of Southern California is the most recent university to integrate StackMap into their online catalog to help students find items at the Doheny Memorial Library. With these maps any student can look up a book from the library’s home page and find it immediately.

Screen shot 2014-08-05 at 10.08.44 AMThe steps are simple: Search for a book in the library catalog (I chose a personal favorite, The Great Gatsby).

Screen shot 2014-08-05 at 10.41.09 AMClick on the book title, and hit the red “Map It” button. One of our maps will appear and you will be able to see exactly where the book is located.


Now the Trojans can view digital maps for every item in Doheny Library, finding them more quickly and easily. StackMap is compatible with all discovery and catalog products, including SirsiDynix Enterprise, which USC Libraries use. Since its opening in 1932 the Doheny Library has been a place for students to study and attend special events such as lectures, exhibitions and performances. StackMap is proud to help make the collections of this historic library more accessible.

StackMap has a blog!

Welcome to The StackMap Blog!

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