Edge is a nationally recognized management and leadership tool that is helping libraries and local governments work together to achieve community goals. With this professional tool, libraries can be better positioned to address community issues - like creating a stronger economy, ensuring workforce development and leading lifelong learning. Read more >>

The Value of Edge

From a Local Government Official

"The Skokie Public Library is very proud to participate in the Edge Initiative and advancing the concept of technology in lifelong learning.

I think it’s critical that local governments use benchmarking tools to gauge how they compare to other communities. Our police, fire, and public works departments have all had assessments done. I think that is the only way a department moves forward is by critically self-assessing their programs and then learning from others in their industry. Libraries are no different. Library science can be advanced by this assessment program, the Edge Initiative. And, Edge helps libraries learn from each other in terms of best practices."

Al Rigoni, Village Manager
Village of Skokie, IL

From the Library Field

Get the Edge on Technology Access

In this recent American Libraries Magazine article, How to Get The Edge on Technology Access, writers Larra Clark of ALA and Mary Hirsh of PLA connect with the New Braunfels Public Library in Texas to learn how this small library benefited from being an Edge pilot library. Library Director Gretchen Pruett shared some of the challenges she faced and how Edge helped her achieve goals, build credibility with her IT department, and increase bandwidth to improve access to technology for her community. Read the article.


Library Leaders Share how Edge is used in Their Communities

In recent interviews with library leaders who have tested the Edge Initiative, we learn how this tool is impacting small and large communities. Read the case studies to hear how edge is helping to inform the strategic planning process, enhance staff training, increase Broadband capacity, demonstrate community outcomes, and much more.


"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)


December 17, 2013
The Edge Initiative toolkit helps libraries assess how their community is using library technology, identifying...