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

Moreno Valley Public Library Receives $200,000 Budget Increase After Using Edge, Prioritizes Workforce and Economic Develoment Efforts

When Moreno Valley Public Library first used Edge in 2014, Ivorie Franks was a new director seeking tangible data about the library's technology and services. After submitting its first Edge Assessment, the library officially created a baseline for continuous improvements. 

Franks shared what she learned from using Edge with local government leaders, resulting in a broadened relationship between the library and the city. This led to a joint effort to survey the community about the library's programs and services. 

"The survey results were shared with the city government, city council and city management team. The community was very vocal about the importance of the library and felt they were being underserved," she said. "The city decided to work more closely with the library and better incorporate its work into the city's new strategic plan, making the library a top priority of the city for the next five years."

The city also awarded the library with an additional $200,000 in funding, which is to be used towards the improvements identified by Edge. 
 

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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)