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

Independence Public Library Uses Edge to Build a Tech Savvy Workforce

Located 15 miles from the nearest employment office, residents of Independence, Ore., rely on Independence Public Library for access to career building resources and employment opportunities. “Local residents have always looked to the library for basic access to services, such as printing and access to job search sites,” said Robin Puccetti, who has served as the library’s director since 1986.

In 2014, Puccetti decided to have IPL take the Edge Assessment to help identify how the library could best leverage its assets and opportunities to support the increasingly tech-forward local workforce. Using Edge, IPL discovered that it could have the greatest impact in its community in the area of early tech exposure and training, which was not available from any other local institution.

With that insight, IPL implemented several changes to its policies to support tech education and employment services, including allowing meeting rooms to be used for job interviews and training. IPL also began to take a more active role in joining community conversations around tech development and pursuing partnerships to enhance the library’s impact on Independence’s evolution into a smart city.

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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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