Discover how libraries of all sizes have successfully used Edge to advance key community outcomes.
Edge enabled the Baker County Library to efficiently identify services adopted by peer libraries and match them to BCL’s needs with a level of focus it had never experienced before. Edge also motivated BCL to implement key staffing policy changes to enhance productivity, including monthly staff training sessions for library technology.
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.
Calaveras County Library used its Edge Assessment to improve wireless connectivity and digital services for its patrons. The library partnered with California State Libraries in an effort to improve existing technology, programs and services, receiving a $90,000 grant from Califa, a nonprofit membership consortium of 220 California Libraries.
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.
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.
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.
Gleason Memorial Library wanted to become a health leader in its community, and it used Edge to leverage technology resources to get there. After taking the Assessment and a community impact survey, the library created a website that offered trustworthy health information to its patrons, as well as eGovernment and small business resources.
Henderson County Public Library used Edge to better identify technology needs across the county and improve services for each of its unique populations. IT incorporated the Edge Action Plan into a larger systemwide action plan, first focusing on serving patrons with disabilities, then focusing on building partnerships with local organizations and finally seeking to improve services and programs offered to non-English speakers.
Since taking Edge, Indian Prairie Public Library has become seen in the community as an institution that leads and responds to citizens' technology needs. The library has identified foundational items that needed attention to support technology at the appropriate level to maintain this status, which is why the library has initiated an annual usage review of devices and wifi, as well as regularly performing speed tests and prioritizing network traffic.