Discover how libraries of all sizes have successfully used Edge to advance key community outcomes.
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.
Edge pushed Barton County Library to maximize its technological impact within its community by expanding its computer offerings, and by acquiring a Wi-Fi printer as well as a portable projector for multimedia presentations. Thanks to this leadership, Barton County Library partnered with community organizations such as the chamber of commerce and the City of Lamar, improving their knowledge about the programs and the availability of technology at the library.
Edge provided a framework for Charlotte Mecklenburg Library to evaluate and reconfigure its strategic community partnerships, helping the library forge new relationships with area colleges, national technology service providers and the county government. These partnerships have empowered the library to expand local makerspace opportunities, train staff in digital competencies and implement a digital inclusion curriculum for the public.
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.
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.
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.