Edge Technology Grant Recipients Announced
The Oklahoma Department of Libraries is pleased to announce the Edge Technology Grant recipients. Over $124,000 was awarded to twenty-nine Oklahoma public libraries.
Edge is a management and leadership toolkit designed to help public libraries better serve their communities through improved public access technology services. Oklahoma public libraries that completed the Edge Assessment and had an updated Edge Action Plan were eligible to apply for up to $5,000 each to purchase equipment that met an Edge-identified technology need in five areas:
- wireless printers
- assistive technology
- children’s digital learning games and equipment
Oklahoma public libraries participate in Edge through a license purchased by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries for all public libraries in the state. Edge assists libraries with strategic planning and community engagement through a toolkit that provides an assessment, resources, recommendations, action plan model, training, and tools for information distribution, all based on national Edge benchmarks. Edge provides tangible data to libraries and helps them evaluate and improve digital access and services in four critical areas: workforce development, e-government, education, and health.
Congratulations to the following libraries:
Ada Public Library
Seven Apple iPad Pro tablets will enhance the library’s robotic club, a popular activity that teaches engineering, design, and technology skills to Ada youth. The iPads will also be used for on-demand literacy classes and children’s story time.
Anadarko Community Library
Fifteen Apple iPads will be used for a variety of library activities including scheduled and on-demand training in technology, genealogy, e-books, health resources, internet safety, and more.
Antlers Public Library
Two Apple iPads will provide early learning opportunities for children through in-library check out and integration into library story time.
Beaver County Pioneer Library
An AWE Early Literacy Station tablet and two Apple iPads will be used for on-demand technology classes for children and adults as well as for after school tutoring sessions. The library will focus on helping students improve their reading skills for the 3rd grade reading tests. A new printer/scanner will serve a variety of patron needs.
Blackwell Public Library
An AWE Early Literacy Station tablet and six children’s Playaway Launchpad tablets will enhance early learning for children. Two Android tablets will be used for individual patron assistance and instruction.
Carmen Public Library
Two AWE early learning computers will enrich the after school children’s program, providing more options for technology skill-building at the library.
Duncan Public Library
A KIC Book Edge scanner will be used in a new Memory Lab at the Stephens County Genealogy Library (a branch of the Duncan Public Library). Patrons will be able to scan documents and photos into a digital format, and staff will digitize historical documents.
Durant—Donald W. Reynolds Community Center and Library
Twenty Playaway Launchpads, tablets loaded with educational games for children, will be available for take-home check out as well as in-library use. Two large print backlit keyboards and two wireless trackball mice will assist patrons with vision and mobility needs. Color coded keyboards and mice will add to the children’s computer area.
Elgin Public Library
A multifunction wireless printer will serve many uses in the new larger library, and fifteen children’s Playaway Launchpad tablets will be checked out and also used in the new children’s STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) area.
Fairfax Public Library
A KIC Book Edge scanner will provide a variety of scanning services for patrons. Library staff will digitize and preserve documents from the local historical society.
Fairview City Library
Four Apple iPads will be available for in-library check out for adults and for students to help with school work. An AWE Early Literacy Station tablet with bilingual programs will help early learners and patrons learning English or Spanish. A wireless printer will be used for a variety of purposes.
Hennessey Public Library
In a community that includes 31 percent Hispanic residents, an AWE Early Literacy Station bilingual computer will serve all young learners. Screen reader accessibility software will assist people who are visually impaired and those who have difficulty reading.
Hominy Public Library
An AWE Early Literacy Station computer will be available for children’s learning and enhance the reading tutor program. Three Apple iPads and one Android tablet will be used for in-library check out and for children’s programs including the library robotics club.
Kingfisher Memorial Library
An AWE Early Literacy Station computer will add technology and educational learning opportunities for young library patrons. Two Apple iPads and one Android tablet will be used for in-library check out as well as one-on-one training sessions in the library and staff technology training.
Langley Public Library
A multifunction printer will provide scanning and wireless printing to meet the rising demand, especially by those who need to transfer information to and from smart phones and other personal devices.
Locust Grove Public Library
A KIC Sprout Pro scanner will be used for general scanning of documents, photos, books, and others to a device, flash drive, or cloud service. The scanner will also be used to preserve historical documents from the library’s genealogy section.
Madill Public Library
An AWE Early Literacy Station computer will add learning technology to the children’s section, and a multifunction wireless printer will provide much needed color printing and scanning service for all patrons.
Maysville Public Library
An AWE After School Edge computer will offer educational learning games for children ages six through twelve. Six Apple iPads will be used for in-library check out as well as for one-on-one training sessions in the library and staff technology training.
Mooreland—Beyond the Pages
An AWE After School Edge computer will provide age-appropriate education games in an easy-to-use computer setup.
Mounds Public Library
An AWE Early Literacy Station computer and an Apple iPad tablet will provide technology for young learners. The AWE system contains many educational games and the iPad will be loaded with educational apps. One-on-one instruction will be provided for the new equipment.
Perkins—Thomas-Wilhite Memorial Library
An AWE After School Edge educational tablet with a table-top mount will serve kids in the library, primarily between the ages of nine and fourteen, but younger ones can use it with adult help. The five Apple iPad tablets will have several uses including check out by patrons in the library when public computers are occupied, searching for Accelerated Reader and Reading Counts materials, training one-on-one with staff and patrons, integration into children’s programming, and more.
Piedmont Public Library
A multifunction wireless printer will allow patrons to print from mobile devices in the library and to send print jobs to the library from anywhere they have an internet connection. The new scanning capabilities will increase library staff productivity and color printing will improve quality of prints.
Ringling—Gleason Memorial Library
Two AWE tablets, an Early Literacy Station and an After School Edge, will provide children with entertaining, fun, and proven learning opportunities at the library.
Sapulpa—Bartlett-Carnegie Public Library
An AWE After School Edge computer for early learning in the library will be placed next to an adult public computer so that adults and their children can work together.
Southern Prairie Library System
A KIC Book Edge Plus scanner will meet increasing public demand for scanning. Library STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art Math) programming and increased interest in the Genealogy and Local History Collections generate a need to scan book excerpts, family histories, photographs, patterns, lesson plans, art work, and designs. Other uses of the scanner will be driven by the needs and demands of users as they learn about the scanner. Tutorials and one-on-one orientations will be provided.
Wagoner Public Library
An ST Imaging Overhead Book Scanner will be used to digitize pre-statehood and early statehood Wagoner County record books and other historical documents and photos. Digitizing these materials will help save them from further deterioration and loss and make their information easily accessible for everyone. Library patrons will use the scanner to digitize their own family records and photos. Classes on preserving and digitizing documents will be available to the public.
Watonga Public Library
Seven Apple iPad Pro tablets will be used to teach technology classes at the library, offered for in-library check out, incorporated into children’s programming such as story time and STEAM activities, and added to technology training for library staff.
Woodward Public Library
AWE Early Literacy Station tablet and AWE After School Edge tablet will increase learning opportunities and homework help options for children in the library, supporting school readiness and literacy in the community.
Yukon—Mable C. Fry Public Library
An AWE After School Edge tablet will offer technology skill-building for children ages six through twelve. Five Apple iPad tablets will provide additional resources for young learners in the children’s section of the library. To enhance accessibility services, ZoomText software will enlarge text and images on a computer screen as well as read the screen to the user. In addition, a large print keyboard will aid patrons with visual impairments, and an accessible computer mouse will assist with mobility needs.