Edge is a nationally recognized management and leadership tool that is helping libraries and local governments work together to achieve community goals. With this professional tool, libraries can be better positioned to address community issues - like creating a stronger economy, ensuring workforce development and leading lifelong learning.
Edge supports libraries in making strategic decisions concerning their public access technology services and infrastructure in order to align library services with local community needs. The platform includes an assessment, self-created action guide, recommended steps to meet action items, communication tools and online training. Over the last two years, the North Carolina State Library has offered Edge to all North Carolina Public Libraries with all but two libraries participating by completing at least one assessment and 73% of libraries completing both assessments. In both years, the assessment identified strategy and evaluation, devices and bandwidth, and technology inclusiveness as areas needing improvement. The Edge Assessment data provides an excellent tool for evaluation alongside a framework for improvement.
The State Library of NC offers free access to Edge for all eligible public libraries. For information about your Edge account contact Amanda Johnson.
Check out the statewide assessment results from fiscal year 2015-2016.
Edge offers several webinars to help libraries take full advantage of the resources in the Edge Toolkit. See below for a short discription of the courses and check the Edge website for the most current schedule.
Strengthening Your Library Partnerships
- Effectively advocate for technology resources
- Identify and grow partnerships
- Create an advocacy plan
- Craft and deliver compelling messages
This course supports Edge work plan selections associated with Benchmarks 3, 5 and 6.
Fostering Your Library Leadership
- Enhance their own leadership skill
- Communicate the library’s vision, especially as it relates to technology and advocacy
- Engage community stakeholders
- Foster innovation in the library through staff and program development
This course supports action plan selections associated with Benchmarks 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 10.
Assessing Your Community's Needs
- Plan and execute a community assessment
- Create and implement a technology resource plan
- Regularly revisit library policies
This course supports action plan selections associated with Benchmarks 1, 3, 4 and 6. Prior to attending the Assessing Your Community’s Needs course, participants are encouraged to review their library’s Edge results and action plan items, as well as their library’s strategic or technology plan and general technology policies.
Building Public Access Technology Services
This course will guide participants in developing strategies to:
- Identify the high-level tasks associated with managing public access technology
- Ensure staff can meet patron technology needs
- Foster an ongoing culture of learning within the library
This course supports action plan selections associated with Benchmarks 4, 6, 7 and 8.