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Edge Registration Launches Today for Public Libraries

2014 January 22

Edge logoEdge is a new leadership and management tool for public libraries, and it launches to selected states around the country today, including Texas! Edge helps public libraries assess their public access technology and provides tools to leverage that information in conversations with community leaders and local stakeholders.

Edge support resources include: an online assessment tool using nationally recognized benchmarks, training, reporting tools, and presentation templates.  Beginning later this year, libraries will also be able to see how they compare to peer libraries nationwide. Edge is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and coalition partners include the Urban Libraries Council, The International City/County Management Association (ICMA), the American Library Association, the Public Library Association, WebJunction (OCLC), TechSoup Global, and more. Several Texas libraries have also participated in Edge already as part of a pilot and soft launch – view the list on the State Library Edge page to find the “mentor” library near you.

“In every talk about our Edge results, I am building awareness of the importance of the library in the lives of our citizens”
– Gretchen Pruitt, Director of New Braunfels Public Library (TX)

“There is no such thing as too much useful data! And Edge is so much more than that. The executive tools assist with the development of customized advocacy in the way that no other tool developed for the field has done”
– Dionne Mack, Director of El Paso Public Library (TX)

Get Started with Edge Today

Get your public library system started with Edge today!  Sign up, explore the benchmarks, keep up with the latest news, download templates, view case studies, and more, all at www.libraryedge.org:

  • To register, visit www.libraryedge.org and select the “Sign Up” link at the upper right corner of your browser window.
  • Once on the Library Registration page, have the one person authorized to sign-up on behalf of your library system fill in and submit your details.  Users will receive an activation email from the folks at the Urban Libaries Council within 10 business days and can start filling in the assessment for their library.

A copy of the Edge Assessment Workbook will be mailed to public library headquarters around the state this month by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.  If you like, use the Workbook to gather information beforehand, so details are handy when you enter information in the online assessment tool.

Attend a Free Edge Webinar

Register now for a free, Monday, January 27, 2014 Edge overview webinar – Getting the Edge!: How to Improve Your Technology and Community Services with Edge Tools and Resources. View details and register at: http://bit.ly/tslacedgewebinars.

Learn More

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.  You can also 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? Visit the State Library’s Edge page, or contact Henry Stokes, Thea Blair, or Deborah Littrell from the State Library at ld@tsl.texas.gov, 512-463-5465, or 800-252-9386 (toll-free to Texas).

 

 

 

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