Oklahoma public libraries use Edge.
Oklahoma public libraries have had four opportunities to take the Edge assessment, from 2013 through 2019.
- 109 public libraries (8 systems and 101 municipal) have taken one or more assessments.
- 90 libraries have created an action plan.
Technology grants have been awarded to public libraries that use Edge.
- In 2018, ODL awarded over $124,000 in technology equipment to 29 libraries that had recently completed an Edge Assessment and had Edge Action Plans demonstrating a need for the equipment. Technology included computer tablets, scanners, wireless printers, assistive devices, and children’s digital learning games and equipment. See grant recipients here.
- In 2017, five small Oklahoma public libraries were part of a National Network of Libraries of Medicine grant, supported with Edge LSTA funding. A public library website is fundamental to a library’s information resources, so much so that the Edge technology assessment assumes that libraries already have a website. However, many small Oklahoma public libraries don’t have a full library website. The ODL Edge team developed a basic public library website for five small Oklahoma libraries. The websites included webpages of credible health resources so that community members could access information about their health. An ODL library consultant traveled to the library sites to train library staff in website maintenance and health literacy. Local community health partners and library patrons were invited to a follow-up training to learn how to use the health resources on the new website. As part of this initiative, each library received $1,000 to purchase necessary technology for public access.
- In 2016, ODL awarded technology grants to 35 libraries serving populations under 7,000. Many of these small libraries completed the Edge Assessment and created Action Plans for the first time. At the end of that grant period, the libraries had purchased 48 computers, 2 library automation systems, and 26 other tech devices.
- Based on results of Benchmark 9 (broadband capability) of the Edge Assessment, ODL awarded grants to 78 public libraries for network assessment and/or network remediation between 2015 and 2018.
Following the grants offered under Edge 1.0, ODL will focus on helping libraries use Edge 2.0 to promote funding sustainability at the local level.
“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, Director Emerita of Pioneer Library System
Oklahoma Edge Success Stories
Blackwell Public Library
- In this Edge profile, library director Lisa Vargas explains how Edge has helped Blackwell Public Library advance digital inclusion plans and communicate with city leaders.
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.
- Read this Edge library profile and learn how Gleason Memorial Library used Edge to help guide website development and community health goals— Gleason Memorial Library is the Cornerstone of a Healthy Community.
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.
- This 2013 article, A Tech Lab for All: 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 Technology.
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 a 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.)