For Immediate Release: August 24, 2016
Connecticut State Library Announces The Edge Initiative is Back!
(Hartford, CT) The Connecticut State Library is happy to announce that the Edge Initiative Technology Assessment Toolkit is now available to public libraries in Connecticut. Edge is a groundbreaking project helping libraries create a path for the continuous growth and development of their public access technology services. “The Connecticut State Library is pleased to bring the Edge Initiative back to CT public libraries. In 2013, Connecticut was one of 7 pilot state library sites to assess and evaluate the Edge,” said director of the Division of Library Development, Dawn La Valle. “After 3 years the Edge Initiative has proven to be an effective tool for public libraries to assess technology tools and engage the community. The Edge Initiative will complement the Aspen Re-Envisioning Public Libraries – CT Path Forward Initiative currently being used by the Division of Library Development and many public libraries to foster community dialogues around advocacy, strategic planning and other issues facing public libraries today.”
Edge supports libraries in making strategic decisions and identifying areas for improvement. The Edge Toolkit provides libraries an overview of current public services and community engagement. From operations to partnerships and programming, the toolkit generates recommendations for implementing best practices to align with future growth and community priorities. It also provides useful resources to demonstrate the library’s community service to community leaders. Edge was created with the vision that all people should have opportunities to enrich and improve their lives through open access to information, communication, and technology services provided by public libraries. Led by the Urban Libraries Council, the Edge Initiative was developed by a national coalition of leading library and local government organizations and funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
In the coming month, a Get the Edge Webinar exclusively for Connecticut public libraries will be held to discuss how Edge works, the timeline for participation, and how libraries can optimize use of the entire Edge Toolkit. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the Edge team at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’re new to Edge, please register for an account here: libraryedge.org/library/register. If you’re a former participant, please sign in here: libraryedge.org/user/login?current=home
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