Oklahoma public libraries use Edge.
Oklahoma public libraries have had two opportunities to take the Edge assessment: the first from June 1, 2013 through April 30, 2015 and the second from May 10, 2016 through February 29, 2017.
- 108 public libraries have taken one or both assessments: 90 in the first round and 68 in the second.
- 87 libraries have created an action plan.
- Free webinar trainings are available after taking the assessment:
- Fostering Your Library Leadership
- Building Public Access Technology Services
- Assessing Your Community’s Needs
- Strengthening Your Library Partnerships.
As of February 15, 2017, only 16% of Oklahoma’s Edge libraries have taken advantage of these training opportunities.
How do Oklahoma Edge assessment scores compare over time and with national peers?
Oklahoma Edge libraries have improved their scores from the first assessment to the second assessment in all three areas of the Edge benchmarks but peer groups 1-3 generally score below their national peers. (Peer groups 4 – 7 have been combined due to the small number of Oklahoma libraries reporting in these groups, and we cannot compare their combined scores to national scores.)
This handout explains how Oklahoma public libraries used Edge in 2016-2017.
Oklahoma Edge Success Stories
Gleason Memorial Library
- GML director Renee Yocum along with Amy Brandley, Edge Consultant at the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, focus on how libraries are critical to building a foundation of community health literacy in this recorded Edge webinar from September 2018, Libraries and Healthy Communities: Edge Helps Public Libraries Promote Health Literacy Through Technology.
Miami Public Library
- In a TechSoup 2013 written interview, library director Marcia Johnson discusses being a pilot library in the Edge Initiative.
- This profile from the Library Edge website, highlights Miami’s use of Edge to identify strategic goals.
Tonkawa Public Library
- Tonkawa Public Library and former director Elda Moore are profiled on the use of Edge to enhance resources — Edge Drives Resources.
Pioneer Library System
- Edge profiled PLS in 2016 about the libraries’ services to communities after destructive tornadoes— Pioneer Library System is Trailblazer for Community in Need.
- PLS and former director Anne Masters are profiled, focusing on how the system uses Edge to guide planning.
- This 2013 article, How One Computer Training Center Teaches Patrons and Staff Alike, describes PLS’s computer training center.
Guthrie Public Library
- Former director Cynthia O of Guthrie Public Library describes how the library staff approached Edge as a team. They used the Edge results and action plan to provide direction for their technology improvements and used Edge tools to involve community partners — Guthrie Public Library Uses Edge to Enhance Digital Literacy.
“From the beginning, I saw Edge as an opportunity to engage in dialogue with our community partners, including city managers and city council members in the various cities that make up the Pioneer Library System…The fact that ICMA (International Association of City/County Managers) is a core partner in the Edge consortium will be of benefit in discussions with them.”
—Anne Masters, Pioneer Library System, OK