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

Claud H. Gilmer Memorial Library: Library uses Edge Data to Boost Funding and Expand Community Services

In 2007, the community's perception of the Claud H. Gilmer Memorial Library was in question. Yet after taking the Edge assessment in 2014, and presenting the data to the Edwards County Commissioners, the library nearly doubled its county contributions from $5,000 to $9,000 a year.

"When you put things out there that need funding for your library, even the best ideas fall on deaf ears if you don't have data to explain why it is an essential service," said Lisa Scroggins, former Director of the Claud H. Gilmer Memorial Library. "Edge helps rural libraries stay current and relevant in the library industry; that's where it evens the playing field."

Lisa shares her Edge outcomes in one of our library profiles.

Read it here.

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.


Share your Edge Story with us!


"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)