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

Pioneer Library System is a Trailblazer for Community in Need

After a natural disaster strikes, communities can be left helpless with no resources, guidance, or ability to connect, leading to a sense of isolation. Luckily for residents that live in the three counties served by Pioneer Library System (PLS), the library led the community through the aftermath of a destructive tornado.

In addition to the more immediate needs such as supplies and shelter that the library coordinated, the residents turned to the library as an access point for government resources and guidance on how to use them. Edge benchmarks provide guidance on which online resources should be available to residents, including access to eGovernment resources, to best meet community needs.

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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)