Edge logo - white text on orange backgroundGET THE EDGE!

1. Overview 
2. Why Edge?
3. Get Started with Edge
4. Edge Reimbursement Program (CLOSED)
5. Learn More About Edge


1. Edge Initiative and Benchmarks

The Edge Initiative represents the first-ever set of benchmarks for public access technology in public libraries. 

Edge helps you, as a library leader, to:

  • assess your current public access technology and how it's used
  • identify ways to strengthen or enhance public access technology and technology training
  • engage with key stakeholders and the community on the value of the library's services for supporting workforce development, the educational needs of students, and more

Edge is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and coalition partners include:

  • Urban Libraries Council - lead agency for Edge
  • International City/County Management Association (ICMA)
  • WebJunction (OCLC)
  • State Libraries of CA, MD, OK, TX, WA
  • American Library Association
  • TechSoup Global
  • Public Library Association

2. Why Edge?

Use Edge to match your services and technology against best practices that define access and quality. Take the assessment, then use the results to identify opportunities for improvement, to engage staff, and to open dialogue with your community and decision makers.

Edge support resources include: nationally recognized benchmarks, case studies, training, reporting tools, presentation tools and templates. Beginning later this year, you will also be able to see how your library compares to peer libraries nationwide. Edge tools and resources are all designed to help you demonstrate the positive impact of library technology services in your community. 

An image of Texas with graphical push pins indicating locations of pilot libraries and soft launch librariesSeveral Texas libraries have already started working with Edge!  Here are the libraries who helped pilot Edge, and who can share their experience with you. 

  • Abilene Public Library
  • Arlington Public Library System
  • Austin Public Library
  • Balch Springs Public Library
  • Bastrop Public Library
  • Bedford Public Library
  • Bell Whittington Public Library (Portland)
  • Bertha Voyer Memorial Library (Honey Grove)
  • Castroville Public Library
  • Coleman Publi Library
  • Dripping Springs Community Library
  • El Paso Public Library
  • Ethel L. Whipple Memorial Library (Los Fresnos)
  • Groves Public Library
  • Hidalgo Public Library
  • Houston Public Library
  • Hutchinson County Library (Borger)
  • Lewisville Public Library
  • New Braunfels Public Library
  • Palestine Public Library
  • Robert J. Kleberg Public Library (Kingsville)
  • Salado Public Library District
  • Sam Fore Jr. Wilson County Public Library (Floresville)
  • San Antonio Public Library
  • Smithville Public Library
  • Tom Green County Public Library (San Angelo)
  • Westbank Community Library (West Lake)

3. Get Started With Edge

www.libraryedge.org is the go-to spot for all things Edge.

  1. From the Edge home page, select the ‘Sign Up’ link in the upper right corner of your browser window.
  2. On the Library Registration page, select your system name from the drop-down menu, enter contact information and submit the form. Make sure that the registrant is the person authorized to sign-up on behalf of your library system.

After you request an account, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to the Edge Assessment Workbook (also available here). If you like, use the Workbook to gather your information beforehand, so that details are handy when you start entering data into the online tool.

Within 10 business days, you will receive an activation email from the Urban Libraries Council with your log-in link. You can then log in to your account and complete the online assessment. Note that your log-in link remains active for 14 days - if not accessed at least once it will expire and you will need to re-register.

4. Edge Reimbursement Program

The Edge Reimbursement Program is closed. Applications are no longer being accepted.

Questions? Contact Jennifer Peters, Community Engagement Administrator, at jpeters@tsl.texas.gov or 512-463-2214.

5. Get Your Questions Answered and Learn More About Edge

  • Sign up, explore the benchmarks, keep up with the latest news, download templates, view cast studies, and more at www.libraryedge.org.
  • The Edge Support Center help desk function is available from www.libraryedge.org and from within the Edge assessment tool. It includes a handy FAQ section, and links to training, as well as standard support desk functions.
  • Watch the archived Edge overview webinar Getting the Edge!: How to Improve Your Technology and Community Services with Edge Tools and Resources. View details at http://bit.ly/tslacedgewebinars.
  • Explore best practices and view trainings related to using your Edge results with TechSoup for Libraries at http://techsoupforlibraries.org/blog/edge-webinar-roundup.
  • Questions about Edge in Texas? Contact Jennifer Peters or Deborah Littrell from the State Library at ld@tsl.texas.gov, 512-463-5465, or 800-252-9386 (toll-free to Texas).
Page last modified: August 10, 2015