Edge, the research initiative that ULC has been leading since 2011, is a nationally-recognized, professional approach for connecting library programs and services to OUTCOMES for the community. Edge provides a process for collecting local library data related to the use of public access technology and linking it to community goals. And, it provides a framework for presenting outcomes to local leaders whose understanding and support of the library is critical.
In partnership with 12 library and local government associations and with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, ULC created this management and leadership tool to help libraries and local governments work together to achieve community goals. Using national benchmarks, Edge helps libraries assess and improve their public technology services. 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.
The Edge Initiative is set to launch nationally in January 2014. Participating libraries will have access to the Edge Toolkit, which is filled with useful, scalable tools that give libraries a unique perspective on how public access technology is meeting the needs of the community and helps them plan for the future.
Edge is for ULC members, and we look forward to your participation in January 2014.