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The Value of Edge

Forsyth County Public Library Manages and Supports Digital Inclusion Improvements with Edge

As a mover and shaker in its communities, Forsyth County Public Library relies on Edge as a resource to manage and support the library’s technology. Beginning with its first Edge Assessment in 2013, the library has grown to rely on Edge as a resource to improve its approach to digital inclusion, helping its communities access the technological capacity to pursue economic and educational opportunities and participate in civic life.

“Our IT department uses Edge as a reference point for all technology matters related to bandwidth and infrastructure. It keeps them informed about areas the library should focus on as it identifies improvements needed to meet the Edge Benchmarks,” said Harweda Coe, organizational initiatives and innovation manager for Forsyth County Public Library.

However, the benefits of using Edge for the library extend far beyond IT.

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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)