The demands and challenges are different at each library, just as each community has unique needs and demographics. The Edge Toolkit is filled with useful, scalable tools that give libraries a unique perspective into what’s working and where there is room for improvement. Together, these tools help all libraries plan for the future and work directly with local leaders to align on community priorities.
The Edge Toolkit includes:
- The Edge Benchmarks assessment tool provides libraries with a system to assess and understand best practices for public access technology services. This tool helps libraries assess and evaluate their current technology related services. It allows you to enter data and find out how you are doing relative to the benchmarks. It is a point in time assessment.
- A resource guide with templates, tools and tips for improving the library’s public technology services and case studies that feature examples of public libraries of all sizes implementing projects related to the benchmarks, so you can use or adapt them in your library.
- Training guides libraries in using their Edge results for planning, advocacy, and outreach activities to enhance as well as build technology services.
- Reporting and presentation tools that help library leaders show how libraries help support the local economy, workforce, lifelong learning, and a strong community.