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

Stacey Aldrich, Deputy Sec. of Education & Commissioner for Libraries

As a state librarian, Stacey Aldrich says she is excited about the possibilities this tool will offer state library organizations as well as participating public libraries.

“Edge provides a unique opportunity for state libraries to support their small and large libraries. It’s such a simple tool. It doesn’t require a ton of support but gives you so much information that enables you (the participating library and the state library) to be strategic about technology. It gives you a good snapshot about the technology in libraries across the state and how they are using it to support their communities.”

We've documented Stacey's best practices in a case study. Read it now.

Edge Case Studies 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?

Edge case studies feature libraries of all sizes and showcase how library leaders have used Edge to enhance and improve the technology services for their communities. From increasing digital literacy at the Guthrie Public Library in Oklahoma to creating a technology plan at the Louisville Free Public Library in Kentucky, Edge will help you improve services inside and outside of the library. Click here to read the Edge case studies.

Also, view the theory of change to learn how Edge will help improve quality of life for all.


"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)