February 17, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

San Antonio Public Library Tapped for Gates Foundation Tech Initiative


The SAPL has been chosen to participate in the Edge Initiative.

The San Antonio Public Library (SAPL) has been selected to participate in the Edge Initiative—funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and led by the Urban Libraries Council—an exciting new program that will strengthen the SAPL’s public access technology services and help them better serve their communities. The library, with the assistance of training and a customized action plan, is now focusing on putting its newly acquired strategies and tools into action.

The Edge Initiative,  is a nationally-recognized leadership and management tool that helps libraries assess and align their digital and technology services with community priorities.

“Through Edge, we assessed our current services and pinpointed in what strategic areas SAPL is exceeding expectation, as well as some areas for improving best-in-class technology services,” said David Cooksey, senior management analyst for SAPL. “We look forward to continuing our work with Edge and sharing our results with the community.”

The driving force behind the Edge Initiative is a set of benchmarks that libraries use to evaluate their current public technology services. SAPL identified focus areas and incorporated them into their plans to improve technology services.

The Edge Assessment is one component of the Edge program, and SAPL has received customized tools to elevate their strategic planning, shape the story of the library and communicate its value. By exploring community goals and those to which the library can contribute, SAPL has identified ways to make a difference in the San Antonio community including education, health, economic development and much more.

“We’re honored to be one of the first libraries selected to use this nationally recognized leadership and management tool,” said Ramiro S. Salazar, San Antonio Public Library Director. “Our new Edge designation demonstrates our commitment to making a difference in the community through technology services. The San Antonio Public Library is equipped with powerful strategies and tools provided by Edge. We have created a plan of action that will strengthen our library’s technology services and help us better align with community needs. We’ll also explore ways to partner with local leaders and organizations to share resources and deliver more results to the community.”

For more information, visit www.MySAPL.org

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Carolyn Sun was a news editor at School Library Journal. Find her on Twitter @CarolynSSun.

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