Earlier this year, the Edge Coalition completed the Edge Benchmarks Version 1.0 - the first of many tasks for the Coalition. While the benchmarks are available in print form, the ultimate goal is to provide the library field with an easy-to-use online tool to complete the assessment. This work, along with the development of the resources in the Edge toolkit, is in development.
So, what’s included in the Edge toolkit, you ask? Here’s a summary of the tools and resources libraries will receive once the Initiative launches later this year:
The Benchmarks. The online assessment tool is being developed.
A Resource Guide with practical templates, tools, and tips for improving the library’s public computer services.
Case studies that feature examples of public libraries of all sizes using computers to meet citizen needs.
Reporting tools that help library leaders tell the story of how computers support the local economy, workforce, lifelong learning, and a strong community.
Training that will guide libraries in using their Edge results for planning, advocacy, and outreach activities to enhance as well as build technology services.
Edge is a tool for library professionals. It helps libraries plan and grow for the future.