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Where People Connect, Communities Achieve

GETTING THE EDGE!

ILLINOIS PUBLIC LIBRARIES

Summer, 2014

Debra Aggertt

Illinois State Library

Edge Coordinator

[email protected]

217-524-1019

Connect!

@LibraryEdge @LibraryEdge www.LibraryEdge.org


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EDGE INITIATIVE GOAL

All people should have opportunities to enrich and improve their lives through open access to exceptional information, communication and technology services available in public libraries

@LibraryEdge @LibraryEdge www.LibraryEdge.org


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THE EDGE ROUNDTABLE

  • The coalition of leading library and local government organizations working on Edge includes:

  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation –funding partner for Edge

  • Urban Libraries Council – the lead agency for Edge

  • American Library Association, OITP

  • International City/County Management Association

  • LYRASIS

  • OCLC’s WebJunction

  • Public Library Association

  • State Libraries of California, Oklahoma and Texas

  • TechSoup Global

  • Universities of Maryland and Washington

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SOFT LAUNCH

  • June through September 2013

  • 159 libraries in seven states; 26 from Illinois

  • Largest library systems participating are Chicago Public Library and Houston Public Library both serving over 2 million residents

  • Smallest library systems participating are O’Keene Public Library and Locust Grove Public Library in OK both with service areas of less than 1,500 residents

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PEER COMPARISON LIBRARIES - WHY A RANDOM SAMPLE?

  • To create a comparison tool for libraries, based on completions of the Edge assessment by these randomly selected libraries

  • Helps libraries contextualize their scores, identify priorities and make strategic decisions

@LibraryEdge @LibraryEdge www.LibraryEdge.org


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NATIONAL LAUNCH JANUARY 2014

  • All 50 states are participating

  • EDGE presentations at PLA/March 2014 and ALA/June 2014

  • States are promoting the assessment with programs and webinars for public libraries

@LibraryEdge @LibraryEdge www.LibraryEdge.org


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THE EDGE TOOLKIT

RESOURCES & CASE STUDIES

ASSESSMENT TOOLS

BENCHMARKS

REPORTING & PRESENTATION TOOLS

TRAINING

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EDGE BENCHMARKS VERSION 1.0

  • 11 benchmarks to assess public access technology services across three main areas

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WHY IS EDGE IMPORTANT TO PUBLIC LIBRARIES?

  • Assess current public access technology and how it’s used

  • Identify ways to strengthen or enhance public access technology

  • Engage with key leaders about the role for the public library in improving communities

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VALUE OF EDGE TO ILLINOIS PUBLIC LIBRARIES

  • How libraries are using the Edge:

  • Engaging local leaders on how the library helps achieve community goals

  • Changing perceptions about library value - externally and internally

  • Engaging and building leadership with staff

  • Making decisions about allocation of library resources

  • Identifying new ways of doing business based on peer best practices

@LibraryEdge @LibraryEdge www.LibraryEdge.org


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Edge pilot libraries say:

STAKEHOLDERS

Edge helps stakeholders connect technology in libraries with achieving community priorities

PUBLIC ACCESS TECHNOLOGY

ACHIEVING COMMUNITY PRIORITIES

LIBRARY

PARTNERSHIPS

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EDGE IS HELPFUL INTERNALLY & EXTERNALLY

INTERNAL

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v

EXTERNAL

Identifies gaps & opportunities

Engages staff in improving the library

Opens dialogue

Communicates value

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PER CAPITA REQUIREMENT FOR 2015

  • Staff person and a Trustee must view a webinar or attend an in-person presentation

  • Library must claim their account at libraryedge.org

  • Print and review the EDGE Assessment workbook

@LibraryEdge @LibraryEdge www.LibraryEdge.org


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  • TO PARTICIPATE FULLY IN THE EDGE ASSESSMENT….

  • Go to libraryedge.org

  • Click “Sign Up” button (top right corner)

  • Complete Library Pre-registration Form

  • Overview

    • Dashboard that shows progress

    • Ability to export and download details

  • Assessment results and recommendations

  • Ability to reopen assessment

  • Ability to customize tools, register for training

@LibraryEdge @LibraryEdge www.LibraryEdge.org


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Where People Connect, Communities Achieve

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Where People Connect, Communities Achieve

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Where People Connect, Communities Achieve

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Where People Connect, Communities Achieve

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Where People Connect, Communities Achieve

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Where People Connect, Communities Achieve

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Where People Connect, Communities Achieve

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Where People Connect, Communities Achieve

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Where People Connect, Communities Achieve

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Where People Connect, Communities Achieve

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Where People Connect, Communities Achieve

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Where People Connect, Communities Achieve

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Where People Connect, Communities Achieve

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Illinois EDGE Resource Page

  • For all your questions:

    • http://www.finditillinois.org/edge/Resource-Page.html

    • Archive to EDGE overview webinar:

    • http://www.libraryedge.org/Getting_Started/index.htm

    • Workbook:

    • http://www.libraryedge.org/sites/default/files/Edge_Assessment_Workbook.pdf

@LibraryEdge @LibraryEdge www.LibraryEdge.org


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EDGE SUPPORT CENTER

  • Access the Support Center as follows:

  • Goal is to resolve all requests within 2 business days

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QUESTIONS? COMMENTS?

Please send questions and comments to: [email protected]

The Illinois State Library Edge Team:

Debra Aggertt

[email protected]

217-524-1019

Robert Jones

[email protected]

217-785-1168

Brian Tober

[email protected]

217-558-4845

@LibraryEdge @LibraryEdge www.LibraryEdge.org


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