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Discover how libraries of all sizes have successfully used Edge to advance key community outcomes.

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Claud H. Gilmer Memorial Library

Located on a school campus, Claud H. Gilmer Memorial Library struggled to communicate its value as a vital information center to its community-at-large, including the local county government that funds the library. Supported by Edge data, the library was able to successfully make the case for increased funding from the county, nearly doubling its budget from $5,000 to $9,000 per year.

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El Paso Public Library

Although it is the 22nd largest city in the U.S., El Paso faces an internet access problem: one-third of residents do not have home internet access. Edge helped guide El Paso Public Library in leveraging its resources to meet that key community need, and plan ahead to ensure solutions were sustainable.

El Progreso Memorial Library

Edge serves as a crucial springboard for El Progreso Memorial Library’s long-term planning, and as a key tool in helping the library secure additional funding. Using Edge, EPML obtained an IMLS technology grant, enabling the library to add flat-screen TVs, iPads and a 3-D printer to the library.

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New Braunfels Public Library

Edge helped New Braunfels Public Library identify key service gaps and it provided the library with concrete data to use in requesting additional support from the local government. Using Edge also helped the library adjust its services and policies to better meet the needs of disabled patrons.

Plano Public Library System

Plano Public Library used Edge in order to make their library more accessible, presenting the results of their Edge assessment to city leadership and received a $50,000 supplement from the City Manager's office, as well as a $5,000 grant from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. With this support, Plano was able to add assistive technology including keyboards with larger keys, oversized trackball mouse options and height adjusting tables.

Pottsboro Area Public Library

Edge propelled Pottsboro Area Public Library to rethink how it could better meet its community’s technology needs, including expanding services to provide greater public Wi-Fi access and assistive technology for disabled patrons.

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Reeves County Library

Reeves County Library used Edge for data to support their decision making processes. It helped build relationships with the county commissioners, and also helped the library meet national standards of accessibility.

Robert J. Kleberg Public Library

Edge helped the Kleberg Public Library establish its role as a leader in community outreach, engagement and partnerships. The library secured a grant from TSLAC to create a makerspace and created pop-up makerspace activities.

San Antonio Public Library

San Antonio Public Library used Edge to provide tangible data to support its programming and investment. This led to a $1 million vote of confidence from the city council for technology infrastructure. Additionally, SAPL stepped up its staff training through a self-paced learning program called 11.5 COSAs.