Want to make an impact on your library's community with technology? The Edge Initiative has officially launched, and public libraries across the United States can now apply to participate!
The Edge Initiative is a leadership and management tool that can help you align your library's technology with community needs. The Edge Initiative was developed by a coalition of library and local government organizations (including TechSoup for Libraries!) to help libraries make strategic decisions and identify areas for improvement in their public technology services.
How to Get on the Edge
If your library hasn't already signed up for the Edge Initiative, you can do so today! Visit LibraryEdge.org and register your public library.
Going to ALA Midwinter or PLA?
If you're headed to Philadelphia, make sure to attend The Edge Initiative at ALA Midwinter: Launch and Learn session on Saturday, January 25. Hear from library leaders who are already using Edge in this interactive session. Can't make ALA? There will be another Edge Initiative session at PLA.
Since August 2012, TechSoup for Libraries has been interviewing librarians, hosting webinars, and writing blogs about the Edge benchmarks and the libraries that have benefited from it. For example, we've featured librarians from Cuyahoga County Library and Skokie Public Library who organized accessible technology programs using the benchmarks and invited rural librarians to share their Edge experiences. Visit TechSoup for Libraries' webinar archive to learn even more on Edge.
For more on all resources Edge, visit libraryedge.org. Also, make sure to check out How to Get the Edge on Technology Access, which ran in the latest issue of American Libraries.