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Get Update on Technology Benchmarks at Midwinter Meeting

Join the Edge coalition for an update on the development of public access technology benchmarks that will help public libraries strengthen the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of public access technology services to meet community needs.

The Edge update will take place Saturday, January 21, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the Dallas Convention Center, Room A130/131. This forum will provide an overview of Edge, share early feedback from the field, and provide opportunities to give input on the beta benchmarks (which will be pilot tested in the coming months) and the tools public libraries will need to utilize the benchmarks.

Edge, formerly known as the Public Access Technology Benchmarks Initiative, is an effort to create a set of national benchmarks designed to inspire continuous improvement and reinvestment in public access technology services in public libraries. Developed by a coalition of leading library and local government organizations, this groundbreaking initiative will provide local library, government and community leaders with a much needed tool for ensuring opportunity for all.

ALA OITP and PLA are among the coalition members engaged in this work.

For more information about the Edge session, please contact Alison Saffold at

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Jacob Roberts is the communications specialist for the ALA Washington Office.

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