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The Value of Edge

Using Edge to Bridge the Digital Divid Strengthens Technology and Services at San Mateo County Libraries

Similar to many of its peers across North America, San Mateo County Libraries uses Edge to assess its technology, communicate its impact and plan for the future. As part of its mission to create an inclusive sense of place and environment for learning, the library relies on Edge as a resource to help bridge the digital divide that exists in its communities.

In addition to serving communities that have benefited from the prosperity of Silicon Valley, the library serves economically disadvantaged communities that struggle with the region's high cost of living.

"San Mateo County Libraries serves some of the wealthiest communities in the country. While many high-income households have access to broadband, the picture changes when you look at residents residing in low-income communities," said Nicole Pasini, deputy director of San Mateo County Libraries, noting that an estimated 44 percent of San Mateo County households earning less than $50,000 annually do not subscribe to broadband.

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Edge Library Profiles Showcase the Value to Libraries of All Sizes

Are you an Edge library? You've completed the Edge assessment and you're not sure what to do next. Or, are you interested in participating and want to learn how other libraries have benefited from the Edge Initiative?

Read about Edge libraries of all sizes across the U.S. Edge library profiles show how library leaders have used Edge to enhance and improve the technology services for their communities. From guiding the planning of Oklahoma’s Pioneer Library System, to expanding technology services at the Mifflin County Library in Pennsylvania, to enhancing resources at the tiny Tonkawa Public Library in rural Oklahoma, Edge can help every library improve services inside and out. Click here to read the Edge library profiles.

Also, view the theory of change to learn how Edge will help improve the quality of life for your community.

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"Edge helps us convince the leaders on our Board and in our community that we need additional financial resources. It adds another nationally recognized, thoughtful assessment and Edge is proving what we’ve been saying all along, but didn’t have the evidence to back up: public libraries play an important role in access to technology.”

Karen Danczak Lyons, Director, Evanston Public Library (IL)