EDGE STRENGTHENS LIBRARIES

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

Yolo County Library Bolsters Services for Disabled, non-English Speaking, and Rural Communities Using Edge

Taking advantage of the free access to computers the library offers, a young man recently visited Yolo County Library. As a future resident of the community, he chose to visit the library to search and apply for apartments in the area. But there was a catch - the man is legally blind.

Thanks to the use of Edge, Yolo County Library has been actively strengthening and developing technology services for all patrons since 2014, including patrons with disabilities. The Edge framework affirmed the work that librarians and support staff were already doing to support access for all.

"Libraries need to be accessible to all people. Part of our core mission is that the library is for everyone," said Elizabeth Gray, Central Services Manager for Yolo County Library. "People with disabilities deserve to have as much access as everyone else. I'm fortunate to have a lot of dedicated colleagues who support this vision," she said.

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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)

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