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Edge Initiative

June 6, 2014 

What is Edge

Edge is a management and leadership tool that gives public libraries the ability to evaluate the public access technology to its community. Edge was created through a national coalition of library and local government organizations, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and led by the Urban Libraries Council. Through the Edge Assessment Workbook, libraries will be able to see what areas they are excelling at and what areas need improvement. Edge helps libraries see where they need to improve to better serve their community.

Where to Begin

  1. Watch a short video presentation on the steps in Edge to see if it is for you.
  2. Go to Edge's website.
  3. Register your library.
  4. If everything was entered correctly, after 10 business days Edge will notify you that your library was approved.
  5. You can print out the Assessment Workbook to get started collecting the necessary information and enter it into your account later.

After Completing the Assessment

Edge gives libraries that complete the assessment access to four 90 minute webinars that any staff member from your library can attend. The library can also build Action Plans, allowing the library to pick specific areas that needs improvement based on the scores. To help with this, Edge has collected dozens of online sources and filtered out so that each source helps with a specific need. 

Libraries Participating in Wisconsin

The following public libraries in Wisconsin participated in the Edge Initiative:

Altoona Public Library

Appleton Public Library

Beloit Public Library

Black River Falls Public Library

Brillion Public Library

Brown County Library

Brown Deer Public Library

Coloma Public Library

Columbus Public Library

Dodgeville Public Library

Durand Community Library

Dwight Foster Public Library

Eager Free Public Library

Florence County Library

Fond du Lac Public Library

Fontana Public Library

Frank B. Koller Memorial Library

Hazel Green Public Library

Hustisford Community Library

Irvin L. Young Memorial Library

Joseph W. Emma L. Wachute Memorial Library

Karl Junginger Memorial Library

Kenosha Public Library

Knutson Memorial Library

Larsen Family Public Library

Lomira QuadGraphics Community Library

Lowell Public Library

Madison Public Library

Manitowoc Public Library

Marathon County Public Library

Mayville Public Library

McMillan Memorial Library

Mead Public Library

Milwaukee Public Library

Mukwonago Community Library

Muskego Public Library

Neenah Public Library

New Glarus Public Library

New Holstein Public Library

New London Public Library

Ontario Public Library

Oshkosh Public Library

Portage County Public Library

Racine Public Library

Reedsburg Public Library

Rhinelander District Library

Rusk County Community Library

Schreiner Memorial Library

Shiocton Public Library

Slinger Community Library

Sun Prairie Public Library

Superior Public Library

Wabeno Public Library

Walter E. Olson Memorial Library

Waupaca Area Public Library

Whitefish Bay Public Library

Whitehall Public Library