Edge is a management tool that helps libraries align their technology resources to community priorities. Edge guides libraries to set measurable, strategic goals for digital inclusion and to engage government and community leaders in meaningful discussion about technology needs and plans. Edge is led by the Urban Libraries Council and developed by a national coalition of leading library and local government organizations with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Public libraries of all sizes are successfully using Edge to strengthen and improve their technology services. Read more >>

The Value of Edge

Caruthersville Public Library Uses Edge to Position the Library as a Community Technology and E-Government Resource

Nearing a century of continued service and civic mindedness, Caruthersville Public Library has used Edge to assess the library’s technology capabilities and make important improvements. This allows the library to be a partner and expand its role as a leader in the community, continuing to deliver on its reputation as the “Lifelong Learning Center of Pemiscot County.”

Caruthersville, like many small libraries, used the initial Edge assessment to gain a sense of where it stood among its peers in terms of services provided to their community members. Seeing where it could improve, the library made key decisions unlocking its potential for tech resources and services, especially in terms of outreach to the community and the content it could offer.

“The Edge program, for our library, showed us our strengths, which made me proud – and pointed out some ways to improve,” said Teresa Tidwell, director of Caruthersville Public Library.

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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)