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The Value of Edge

Washoe County Library System Outlines New Technology Plan, Improves Approach to Digital Literacy with Edge 

Spread across an area of approximately 6,600 square miles, Washoe County covers a large and geographically diverse area - including desert terrain and mountain ranges. 

Tesla's new Gigafactory and the site of Burning Man are only two of the notable and innovative features of the area. 

"The library works to provide opportunities for innovation, including opportunities to complement the new manufacturers moving to the area," said Jeff Scott, library director for Washoe County Library System.

Thanks to the support of the Nevada State Library, Archives and Public Records, the library used Edge to build its new technology plan, focusing on improving digital literacy in the communities it serves.

"One of the most important things Edge did for our library was provide a framework for us to create our new technology plan, which is based on the Edge Benchmarks," Scott said.

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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)