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The Value of Edge

Robert J. Kleberg Public Library: Improving Community Outreach Using Technology

Edge provided the Robert J. Kleberg Public Library with an opportunity to see, firsthand, how they measure against their library peers when it comes to technology, and also address the needs of their community in order to solidify the library’s role as a community technology hub. By taking the Assessment and using the recommendations given, like conducting community surveys to gather customer feedback, the library was able to develop an interactive makerspace and programs to instruct children and teens in the creation of digital content.

“There literally is not a dollar value you could attach to Edge resources,” said Joey Garcia, IT librarian for Kleberg Public Library. “If we did this on our own, we would have spent volumes of money and time scouring the internet to figure out how to get up to par. Without having that plan, I don’t think we would have been as successful as we are now.”

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Edge Library Profiles Showcase the Value to Libraries of All Sizes

Are you an Edge library? You've completed the Edge assessment and you're not sure what to do next. Or, are you interested in participating and want to learn how other libraries have benefited from the Edge Initiative?

Read about Edge libraries of all sizes across the U.S. Edge library profiles show how library leaders have used Edge to enhance and improve the technology services for their communities. From guiding the planning of Oklahoma’s Pioneer Library System, to expanding technology services at the Mifflin County Library in Pennsylvania, to enhancing resources at the tiny Tonkawa Public Library in rural Oklahoma, Edge can help every library improve services inside and out. Click here to read the Edge library profiles.

Also, view the theory of change to learn how Edge will help improve the quality of life for your community.


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"Edge helps us convince the leaders on our Board and in our community that we need additional financial resources. It adds another nationally recognized, thoughtful assessment and Edge is proving what we’ve been saying all along, but didn’t have the evidence to back up: public libraries play an important role in access to technology.”

Karen Danczak Lyons, Director, Evanston Public Library (IL)