Edge Helps Libraries Meet Needs of the "Modern Patron"

May 20th, 2013

While the Edge Initiative won't be unveiled nationwide until January 2014, libraries across the country are already strengthening their public access technology in ways that using the Edge Benchmarks will enable them to measure and codify.

Edge_BenchmarksFor example, in Orlando, FL, the Orange County Library System (OCLS) carefully manages its internet connections, computer stations and wireless hotspots to ensure as many residents as possible have access when they need it. In addition, the library has increased wireless access points throughout its system, offering faster connections for patrons using personal technology devices. OCLS's approach and services will be captured by using the Edge Initiative's Benchmark 9 which measures whether the library has sufficient devices and bandwidth to accommodate user demand.

TechSoup Global, an Edge Initiative partner, features case studies and library spotlights related to the Edge Initiative on its website.

Read more about the success of OCLS, lessons learned, and how the library system worked through the many challenges and roadblocks they faced throughout the process.