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The Value of Edge

Morgan County Uses Edge to Receive Grant, Create and Implement New Technology Plan

When Morgan County Library was first approached about using Edge in Fall 2016, Director Stacey Embry declined the offer. As a new director, she was initially reluctant to participate. She was worried she wouldn't be capable of handling it and wasn't sure if it would be a worthwhile time investment for a library with only five staff.

After participating in Edge for a year, Embry now has a completely different perspective.

"Edge was vital for me as a beginning director. It was most influential with helping to identify priorities and goals for the library," she said. "Starting with the Edge Assessment, it allows the library to focus on narrowing down everything so we know exactly what improvements need to be made."

Morgan County Library was awarded a $15,014 Technology Mini Grant to promote digital literacy and improve technology-based services. 

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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.

Share your Edge Story with us!


"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)