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The Value of Edge

Barton County Library Recognizes Value of Edge for Small Libraries and Digital Literacy 

Similar to many other small libraries across North America, Barton County Library used Edge to assess its technology and plan for the future. In fact, more than 51 percent of libraries that have participated in Edge serve communities with populations of less than 15,000 residents. 

"While we always want to improve, we have to consider the staff time and money involved in making improvements," said Carol Darrow, Barton County Library Director. "Edge is designed to help your library plan and focus on doing what is best for the community you serve and plan how to get the biggest bang for your buck."

Thanks to the Missouri State Library, Barton County Library participated in Edge as part of a small cohort of libraries from the state.

"Edge is a good step-by-step program to let you approach updating your technology," said Darrow. "It lets you start with an assessment, review your results, make a plan and then one by one start achieving your goals."

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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)