After completing the Edge Assessment, Caruthersville realized that the library needed to step up its privacy protection for the digital devices available to patrons. Following this insight, the library installed privacy screens, tightened filters and added security software to the library’s computers. The library also increased its investment in providing digital training and learning resources.
Discover how libraries of all sizes have successfully used Edge to advance key community outcomes.
Guthrie Public Library used Edge to address digital literacy concerns in various ways such as one on one computer tutoring, mobile device classes and early literacy electronic tablets for children. The library also implemented a bookmobile service with a mobile hotspot to address county communications infrastructure. Edge also benefitted the library by reengaging the staff and providing free training that also served as team-building.
Through Edge, MCPL built partnerships to improve its digital leadership offerings. The library built strong ties with Madison County Schools to engage educators and students to develop summer reading programs and other tools to develop a love of reading in students, as well as offering eLibrary cards for students in grades four through 12.
Oak Park Public Library used Edge data and resources to shape the library's strategic planning around technology and ensure that all community members have access to resources and services needed to succeed. The library has also used Edge to address early childhood digital behavior and literacy, partnering with Oak Park schools to pilot coding programs for girls, and embedding a librarian in the local high school.
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.
San Mateo County Libraries uses Edge to assess its technology, communicate its impact and plan for the future. The library makes bridging the digital divide a key priority as a library in an area with a very high cost of living, so it embarks on programs like being the first library in California to loan Wi-Fi hotspots.
Steger-South Chicago Heights Library identified key benchmarks they could improve upon easily without breaking the bank. The library also offered digital literacy classes, and made sure that their efforts were publicized, even making the Chicago Sun Times, the Chicago Tribune and the front page of The Citizen, a local newspaper.