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The Evanston Public Library plans to work with an initiative funded by the Gates Foundation to assess how well it is using technology to serve the community.

It will be among the first libraries in the nation to test the offerings of the Edge Initiative, a process that will take the library through 11 different benchmarks for evaluating its technology-related services.

As the library’s director, Karen Danczak Lyons, puts it: “We are committed to meeting the ever-changing needs of Evanston; Edge provides us with the road map for doing so.”

Last year, patrons at the main library logged nearly 85,000 internet sessions for various information-gathering, job-seeking, and e-government tasks.

Edge is a leadership and planning tool, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and led by the Urban Libraries Council, to help libraries assess their public computing technology and how their public computers are being used, so that they can identify ways to strengthen or enhance their public access technology.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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