GET THE EDGE!
What is Edge?
Edge is a management toolkit that helps library leaders make data-informed decisions to align their technology resources to community priorities. Edge was initially funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and a number of coalition partners and created to understand how libraries measure free and open access to digital information and technology. The Texas State Library and Archives Commission is a founding coalition partner and is joined by a number of other state libraries in subscribing to and promoting this resource. We believe in the value of Edge to assist Texas public libraries in strategically expanding their technology capacity.
What does the Toolkit assess?
The Assessment is divided into three strategic areas:
Community Value, Engaging the Community, and Decision Makers and Organizational Management.
1. Community Value: Addresses the specific programs, services and support the library offers that enable people to understand and use technology.
Measures: digital skills; economic opportunity, civic engagement, education, health.
2. Engaging the Community and Decision Makers: Addresses practices the library utilizes to understand community needs, determine the results of programs and services provided to the community and engage with the community and community leaders.
Measures: understanding community needs and outcomes, leadership, and relationships with community leaders
3. Organizational Management: Addresses the library organizational management and infrastructure to fulfill the library’s role as a leading learning and information center in the community.
Measures: technology planning, policies and availability, staff digital experience
Over 121 Texas libraries have completed Edge 2.0!
Read how Texas libraries have used Edge to make lasting improvements in their communities.
How do I take the Edge Assessment?
You'll need to create a new account (even if you've taken Edge before) so go to https://platform.libraryedge.org/user/register-library-admin to register. Then, use your new login information to login at https://platform.libraryedge.org/login. The assessment will be ready for you take upon login.
Who can take the Edge Assessment?
With the support of a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, Edge is free for all accredited Texas public libraries! Each public library can appoint their own person or team of people to take the Edge Assessment for their library. This person will gather information for the Assessment and receive the results to share with their library, stakeholders, and community.
I already took Edge, should I take it again?
Yes! Edge can be taken once per year and we recommend libraries take it at least once every two years to show progress and keep track of goals and priorities.
What TSLAC do with this information? Why is this important to TSLAC?
Just like Edge enables individual public libraries to make data-driven decisions, TSLAC's Edge Program Manager looks at the aggregation of all the Texas public library Edge data and reviews trends to suggest training, grants, tools and policy to help libraries reach the goals they define as a result of their Edge Assessment. The more Texas public libraries that take the asssessment, the better information TSLAC has to make these recommendations.
So you've taken Edge, now what? What to do with all this newly collected data? Come to an Edge workshop with Lourdes Aceves from ULC or Cindy Fisher from TSLAC. During Fall 2019 and Spring 2020, we'll be hosting a series of workshops to assist you in putting your Edge results to work for you.
Find workshop description, outcomes, dates and locations on our Edge Workshops page.
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