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EDGE STRENGTHENS LIBRARIES! Edge is a new 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
From a City Manager
"From the City Manager's seat, we constantly speak with our elected officials about assessing, improving and demonstrating value, and Edge speaks directly to that. Most communities across the country are being prepped like never before in terms of resources and trying to prioritize what they can do and where they should be making an investment that will yield a return for their community's benefit. To have a tool like Edge that really speaks to that in terms of using an assessment methodology, benchmarking, looking at best practices to create a business case for why investments are important and how they add value in a meaningful and measurable way to what a community is trying to accomplish is really beneficial for city governments."
Rashad Young, City Manager
City of Alexandria, VA
From the Library Field
Get the Edge on Technology Access
In this recent American Libraries Magazine article, How to Get The Edge on Technology Access, writers Larra Clark of ALA and Mary Hirsh of PLA connect with the New Braunfels Public Library in Texas to learn how this small library benefited from being an Edge pilot library. Library Director Gretchen Pruett shared some of the challenges she faced and how Edge helped her achieve goals, build credibility with her IT department, and increase bandwidth to improve access to technology for her community. Read the article.
Library Leaders Share how Edge is used in Their Communities
In recent interviews with library leaders who have tested the Edge Initiative, we learn how this tool is impacting small and large communities. Read the case studies to hear how edge is helping to inform the strategic planning process, enhance staff training, increase Broadband capacity, demonstrate community outcomes, and much more.