A map of local news for public libraries news
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public libraries news widget

this plugin was created as a project to embed a small map of local library news stories into public libraries news http://www.publiclibrariesnews.com.

based on a tutorial at: http://www.librarieshacked.org/tutorials/publiclibrariesnewsmap

google script and fusion table

the data is collected from the PLN RSS feed (http://www.publiclibrariesnews.com/feed), but for performance reasons the data is queried, geocoded and cached in a google fusion table. the processing is performed at timed intervals by a google script.

supporting technologies

how to embed

embedding the map onto a site is simple. the following code:

<script src="http://www.librarieshacked.org/publiclibrariesnews-widget.js"></script>

note: to make use of the google fusion table API, a key is required. these can be generated at https://console.developers.google.com and allow for 25,000 requests per day.


  • PublicLibrariesNewsDemo.htm - a demo page mockup of basic PLN layout, with map embedded.
  • publiclibrariesnews-widget.js - the script file referenced in the embed code.
  • GetPLNData.js - the google script currently being run at timed intervals to update the datasets.