Pilot Library Technology Assessment Project Launches


The New Jersey State Library is sponsoring a twelve-library pilot initiative of the Urban Libraries Council’s Edge 2.0 management tool. This past spring, ULC informed the State Library about an opportunity to appraise the newly upgraded Edge tool in a national assessment. Of the 48 New Jersey libraries that ULC invited, 11 participated. The State Library invited the participating libraries to also take part in the pilot project. In the interest of balancing size, type, and geographical distribution, the State Library also invited several libraries that had previously expressed interest in community technology assessment and the earlier version of Edge.

Edge 2.0 enables public libraries to assess their current technology services and review comparison reports. Libraries will have the ability to see how their services compare to state and regional libraries that serve similar communities and have similar-sized budgets. The management tool will also help libraries identify opportunities to better meet their community’s technology needs. Learn more about Edge here.

In November, the county libraries of Mercer, Burlington, Somerset, Gloucester, Warren and Cumberland, and the municipal libraries in Paterson, East Brunswick, Springfield, Leonia, Red Bank and Audubon will begin to use Edge 2.0.

The New Jersey State Library is pleased to support this initiative in collaboration with the Urban Libraries Council.