Edge is a management tool that helps libraries align their technology resources to community priorities. Edge guides libraries to set measurable, strategic goals for digital inclusion and to engage government and community leaders in meaningful discussion about technology needs and plans. Edge is led by the Urban Libraries Council and developed by a national coalition of leading library and local government organizations with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Public libraries of all sizes are successfully using Edge to strengthen and improve their technology services. Read more >>

The Value of Edge

Gleason Memorial Library Is the Cornerstone of a Healthy Community

Located in Ringling, Okla., Gleason Memorial Library serves a population of 1,300 people spread out over three towns. Since its founding in the 1990s, the library has looked to serve as a community center for the Ringling area. The library turned to Edge in order to get a better understanding of what they could offer to their patrons.

“Our library couldn’t possibly hope to pay any kind of consultant for the advice we get from our state library and for the framework and tools that we get from Edge,” said Renee Yocum, director of Gleason Memorial Library.

Yocum had a vision for the library: she wanted it to serve as a trusted community health resource for all of its patrons. Yocum felt the library could better serve the community if it had more data on community needs. The library launched a patron technology survey and discovered that about 50 percent of patrons used the library to access information about health and wellness. The library turned to Edge to act on this discovery.

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Edge Library Profiles Showcase the Value to Libraries of All Sizes

Are you an Edge library? You've completed the Edge assessment and you're not sure what to do next. Or, are you interested in participating and want to learn how other libraries have benefited from the Edge Initiative?

Read about Edge libraries of all sizes across the U.S. Edge library profiles show how library leaders have used Edge to enhance and improve the technology services for their communities. From guiding the planning of Oklahoma’s Pioneer Library System, to expanding technology services at the Mifflin County Library in Pennsylvania, to enhancing resources at the tiny Tonkawa Public Library in rural Oklahoma, Edge can help every library improve services inside and out. Click here to read the Edge library profiles.

Also, view the theory of change to learn how Edge will help improve the quality of life for your community.

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"Edge helps us convince the leaders on our Board and in our community that we need additional financial resources. It adds another nationally recognized, thoughtful assessment and Edge is proving what we’ve been saying all along, but didn’t have the evidence to back up: public libraries play an important role in access to technology.”

Karen Danczak Lyons, Director, Evanston Public Library (IL)