The library was given an $18,000 grant.

The Livingston County Library has been awarded an Edge Action plan Grant from Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft. Ashcroft announced last week, the library has been awarded the $18,000 grant. State Librarian Robin Westphal will visit to present a check and tour the library on Sept. 12.

“Our libraries are an invaluable resource to Missourians, offering public access to a wide array of materials and technology,” Ashcroft said. “These grants ensure libraries have the funds they need to offer quality technology-based services and programs to their patrons.”

The library will use the grant to add self-service faxing and scanning services, improve mobile printing options and streamline computer security management.

Edge is a nationally recognized tool that helps libraries evaluate their technology services based on a set of national technology benchmarks, giving them resources, recommendations and ideas for strategic planning and community engagement.

A press release from Ashcroft’s office said, Edge Action Plan Grants provide funds to assist public libraries in completing goals they set from using Edge. Projects may address needs for new or expanded technology-based services or the replacement of outdated technology at the library, as identified through an Edge Assessment.

The Secretary of State’s State Library has approved a total of 15 grant applications in the 2020 fiscal year, totaling $158,934 in federal awards that the secretary’s office has distributed to libraries throughout Missouri. The grants are funded by the Library Services and Technology Act through the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.