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 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.
Contact Edge Consultant Amy Brandley to find out more about these and future grants.
ODL Resources to help meet Edge benchmarks
Resources for your library website, with related Edge benchmarks, provide reliable online information curated by ODL for your library patrons. Contact ODL consultant Melissa Askew for assistance in getting these resources on your website.
- Digital Literacy Resources (benchmarks 2.3 and 8.1)
- Small Business Resources (benchmark 3.1)
- E-Government Resources (benchmark 3.2)
- Health and Wellness Resources (benchmark 3.4)
Review the Stress Free Action Plan for easy-to-implement action plan items. This document is designed for smaller libraries who might be overwhelmed with recommendations (essentially assessment items you answered “no” to).
Could You Have Said Yes? When reviewing results from the first Edge Assessment for Oklahoma public libraries, ODL staff noticed that many libraries answered “no” to some benchmark questions when they probably could have answered “yes.” Find out which Edge questions you can answer with “yes.”
The EBSCOhost and Britannica educational databases are provided free to all public libraries in the state through the Oklahoma Department of Libraries’ electronic library, Digital Prairie. Federal funding for this project is provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. EBSCOhost includes the user-friendly Explora for students, Consumer Health Complete, and the Small Business Resource Center. Get instructions on how to sign up for EBSCOhost and Britannica and view the tutorials/training page.
Linking to EBSCOhost and Britannica will assist your library in fulfilling the requirements for Edge benchmark indicators 3.1b, 3.3b, and 3.4a. Linking to EBSCOhost’s medical databases will completely satisfy the requirements for Edge benchmark indicator 3.4b.
The ODL website program can provide your library with a resource-rich website, necessary for implementing many Edge benchmarks. Visit with ODL consultant Melissa Askew to learn how she can help you get a website up and running.
“Edge helped us get outside the box as we looked at opportunities and needs. The Edge benchmarks have become part of our culture for planning and decision making about library investments. We have emphasized the importance of the benchmarks and measuring outcomes not just for the library but for all local government services. Edge has been a very powerful learning tool.”
—City Manager Sereniah Breland, Guthrie, OK
Other resources to help meet Edge benchmarks
- This Bandwidth calculator will show your current device hours per capita and also allow you to try out different combinations of devices and hours to see their effect on your level of achievement on Edge Benchmark 9.1.
- WebJunction Competency Index for the Library Field, a comprehensive guide that features staff technology competencies for all aspects of the library.
- Consumer Health Toolkit for Library Staff from the California State Library and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Southwest Region
- Tips for Using Public Wi-Fi Networks, from the Federal Trade Commission
- Community Engagement Ideas checklist, from Texas State Library and Archives Commission
- Libraries and advocates can use this ALA library quotes site to help make the case for libraries in their communities.
- The ALA United for Library Advocacy site offers a guide to develop strategies to motivate your community to support the library.
- Learn how to embed technology into your programming, promote digital learning, train and support staff in using technology, assess technology and devices, and more in this Afterschool Tech Toolkit.
Find free online training from the organizations below.
- Training at WebJunction, a program of OCLC Research, is available to all libraries to use, regardless of size, type or location.
- Techsoup for Libraries is a project of TechSoup, a 501c3 nonprofit devoted to making technology and technology education available and affordable to nonprofits and libraries all over the world.
- Infopeople is an LSTA grant project providing continuing education and professional development opportunities to library staff in and outside the state of California.
- National Network of Libraries of Medicine provides free training for members (membership is free).
- The You Can Do I.T. webinars from Texas State Library and Archives Commission cover the essential basics of network technology, hardware and software, and security systems.
- Free CE and training classes online (as well as in person classes in Texas) updates each week. From the Texas State Library and Archives Commission Library Development & Networking Division.