Discover how libraries of all sizes have successfully used Edge to advance key community outcomes.
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.
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.
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.
Yolo County Library used the Edge Assessment to identify and address shortcomings in its services for disabled, non-English speaking and rural communities. The library forged a strong partnership with the Yolo County District Attorney to purchase new computers with assistive technology such as a fully integrated magnification and reading program for low-vision leaders.
Forsyth County Public Library uses Edge to manage and support the library's technology and improve its approach to digital inclusion. The library also used Edge data to present to the local government to get approval for a renovation of the Central Library, which included major improvements to the availability of assistive technology.
Morgan County Library used Edge in order to help with technology planning, set priorities and apply for grants. In addition to this, the library works with the local government in order to improve digital literacy in the community, offering computer classes, developing programming, and assessing what the community thinks is most important.
Before using Edge, the library lacked the concrete data it needed to make a case for additional funding from the county. After the library began using Edge, it was able to show county commissioners how greater financial support could help the library to empower the community, leading to a greater budget as well as the county’s support in the library’s application for a Library Services and Technology Act grant.
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.