[PL-Directors] Special Invitation for Small/Medium Libraries to Actively Participate in the Edge Initiative

Darci Hanning darci.hanning at state.or.us
Tue Mar 28 12:36:54 PDT 2017

Dear Directors,

As most of you know, the Oregon State Library has a statewide subscription to the Edge Initiative, a fantastic set of tools that empowers libraries to understand their community's technology needs and move forward to meet those needs. You can learn more about the Edge Initiative<http://www.libraryedge.org/> and read about how Baker County Library District<http://www.libraryedge.org/toolkit/libraryprofiles/baker> turned their focus to outreach and collaboration goals after completing the Edge Assessment.

The national team that supports the Edge Initiative is looking to create a national cohort of small and medium libraries that wish to actively participate in the Edge Initiative for the next 12 months. Up to five Oregon libraries (both rural and non-rural) who serve a population of 65,000 or less are eligible join this cohort.

In order to participate in this inaugural cohort, libraries will need to sign a letter of commitment and agree to complete an Assessment, create an Action Plan, attend each course in the Edge Curriculum, and use the Edge Executive Tools and Edge data to apply for a grant/external funding before April 30, 2018.

In exchange for their commitment, libraries will get the following:

  *   Quarterly Conference Call/Webinar for small and rural libraries
  *   Customized press release geared towards local government officials
  *   Contribute to a snapshot focusing on small and rural libraries
  *   Exclusive community of practice for small and rural libraries
  *   Four high-performing libraries will be featured in Library Profiles
  *   Special acknowledgement in an upcoming Edge newsletter
  *   Specialized coaching and learning opportunities through April 30, 2018
  *   Exclusive member meet-up at ARSL 2017 (St. George, UT)

If you are interested in getting direct assistance to expand your technology services and programs for your community, please contact me April 7. Thank you.

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Darci Hanning, MLIS * Technology Development Consultant
Library Support and Development Services * Oregon State Library
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