Library pilot program

Teresa Fix of Burlington looks for a title in the computer Friday at the Burlington Library.

Patrons at the city library use the computers for more than finding a book. Most do use them to access the library catalogue, but a quarter use computers to look for jobs.

This information comes from the Impact Survey, a University of Washington program created to help libraries better assess how their computers are used. The survey tool then compiles the data into a ready-made report librarians can bring to city and county governments during budget discussions.

Burlington Public Library was one of five libraries in the country to first try the Impact Survey in 2009. A $250,000 Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant expanded the program, which is now in a pilot phase with 300 libraries participating.

Burlington’s library and the Anne Arundel County Public Library in Maryland will be featured in a video tutorial on the Impact Survey produced by the International City/County Management Association.

Read the full story in Saturday’s Skagit Valley Herald.

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