GET THE EDGE!

1. Edge Overview
2. Edge in Texas
3. Frequently Asked Questions
4. Learn More About Edge


1. Edge Overview

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.
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

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
  • Relationships with Community Leaders
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
   

2. Edge in Texas

 Over 200 Texas libraries have completed the
Edge Assessment!

map of texas with pin points in over two hundred cities with saturation east of Interstate 35.

Read how Texas libraries have used Edge to make lasting improvements in their communities:

 


3. Frequently Asked Questions

How do I take the Edge Assessment?

Edge 2.0 launches Monday, February 4th! We will share log in information on the week of February 4th. In the meantime, if you’d like to get started, please download and print the Edge Assessment Workbook – a printable version of the Edge Assessment for libraries to use to gather the required data. This will provide you a sneak peek of the questions on the online assessment.

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.


4. Learn More About Edge

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