September 24, 2015                                                                                                                      ISSUE 7      
  • Have you retaken your Assessment? The state libraries in Illinois, Texas, and Oregon have opened their Assessment window for their public libraries, so if you're a library in one of those states, take your assessment today! If you're in Florida, North Carolina or Oklahoma, just be patient, your Assessment window will be opening next month. If you're not in one of these enrolled states and you're interested in retaking the Assessment, please have a look at the Edge Individual Library Program FAQs and contact Edge to enroll.
  • Edge invites you to join us for ULC's 2015 Leaders Partnering for Success - Social Innovation: Raising the Bar conference held October 28-30 in San Diego, CA. Leaders Partnering for Success invites library directors, deputy directors and community partners to engage in open discussions about shared visions and goals for addressing education and racial/social equity, all while helping to build a stronger framework for successful community-wide collaboration. Visit the ULC website to register and learn more about the agenda, guest speakers, and participating organizations.

"The Edge Toolkit allowed us to compare where we're at with data from our peers, which we don't often get the opportunity to do. We compiled a list of our strengths and weaknesses, then took a look at where we were lacking and prioritized what we could do readily, in the short term and in the long term. Once we got prioritized and focused, it broke a big problem into more manageable pieces, which makes our work much easier."
James White, IT Manager,
Baker County Library District

Baker City, OR  

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(Left to right) Susan McVey, Director, Oklahoma Department of Libraries; Kristi Zappie-Ferradino, Program Director, Edge; Deborah Jacobs, Director, Global Libraries Program, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Susan Benton, President and CEO, Urban Libraries Council.
We were honored to present a session on Edge at the NEXT LIBRARY ® Festival earlier this month in Aarhus, Denmark. This international gathering of forward-thinking library professionals, innovators and decision-makers was the ideal audience to hear how U.S. public libraries are using Edge to expand and improve technology access and services and how they're using the assessment data and action planning tools to engage with local government leaders on how libraries are supporting community needs. The session was well-received and there is great interest in making Edge available to libraries in other countries. A special thank you to Susan McVey, State Librarian, Oklahoma Department of Libraries, who joined ULC to present.

Lourdes is looking forward to seeing many of our small Edge
libraries at the Association for Rural and Small Libraries Conference
in Little Rock next week. We'll also be at the North Carolina Library Association conference and the Illinois Library Association Conference.

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Benchmark 5 - Indicator 1:
The library develops and maintains partnerships that amplify the library's reach, avoid duplication of effort, aid the library in planning or advocacy, or are otherwise mutually beneficial.
When does your fiscal year start? January? July? October? No matter when you're preparing for budget approval, it's always a good time to be making the case for library support with your community partners, local government leaders, and other library stakeholders.

Edge Benchmark 5.1 helps libraries consider what their community partnerships look like, how they can be developed, and what new partnerships can be formed.  

The Edge Executive Tools can help you "make the case" for library support with your community partners and local leaders. The Executive Tools include a customizable, one-page information sheet about your goals and two PowerPoint presentations - one for local government leaders and one for potential community partners.

The Edge Executive Tool Guide provides libraries with a step-by-step guide comprised of tips and suggestions for using the Edge tools to complement your outreach to community leaders and other organizations. Through the development of thoughtful messaging and preparation, these tools will help you ensure your key points resonate across audiences and begin to shape your community relations efforts. 


ICMA Annual Conference 
Edge Roundtable Discussion
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
12:30 - 1:45 pm 


Association for Rural and Small Libraries Conference
Edge for Small Libraries

Friday, October 2, 2015
1:45-2:45 pm

North Carolina Library Association Conference
Edge: Where do we go from here?  
Thursday, October 22, 2015 
8:30 - 9:30 am 
Illinois Library Association
Edge: Where do we go from here?
Thursday, October 22, 2015
3:00 - 4:00 pm 
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