EDGE STRENGTHENS LIBRARIES

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

Oregon City Public Library Uses Edge to Prioritize Health and Wellness

As trusted institutions, libraries play a significant role in providing information and access to reliable health and wellness resources.

According to data from a nationally representative sample of libraries that participated in Edge, less than 50 percent of libraries are providing adequate health and wellness information to their communities.

According to data from a nationally representative sample of libraries that participated in Edge, less than 50 percent of libraries are providing adequate health and wellness information to their communities.

Oregon City Public Library is an exception to this trend, providing a comprehensive set of health and wellness resources and programs to the people it serves. Thanks to the support of the State Library of Oregon, the library has achieved a significant improvement in this critical area since it first participated in Edge in 2014.

“Edge has opened our eyes to realizing that it is important for our website to be viewed and used as a resource,” said Aaron Novinger, technology and library promotion librarian for OCPL. “We knew this topic was a more difficult area for us to target, but we’ve made some great improvements.”

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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.

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)