Sheridan Library Excels in Technology Survey

(Courtesy photo)
(Courtesy photo)

The Sheridan County library system ranked highly on a recent technology survey. Hannah Stepenoff has the report.

The Sheridan County library system recently participated in a national “peer comparison report” provided by the Edge Initiative that focused on how well technology is integrated in libraries. Library Director Cameron Duff said the county fared well for a rural library.

Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Edge Initiative was developed by a national coalition of library and local government organizations, and has since been implemented by the Urban Libraries Council nationally. According to the initiative’s website, its purpose is to encourage technology in libraries to enrich and improve lives through open access to information, communication, and technology services.

The county's library system was compared to libraries with circulations between 15,000 and 65,000 across the country. Of the 1,000 points available, the library received a score of 710 with the average score for similar-sized libraries sitting between 500 and 600.

Some areas in which the library excelled include staff expertise, he said, but other areas in which the library lost points are bandwidth availability, because of the limitations in some of the rural branches of the library.

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