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Going First: More from Edge Pilot Libraries

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Webinar Description

The Edge Initiative is a voluntary assessment program that provides libraries with benchmarks, best practices, tools and resources that support continuous improvement and reinvestment in public technology services. Edge helps libraries connect their services to community priorities.

Edge will be available to public libraries nationwide in January 2014. A group of pilot libraries has been testing the benchmarks in their libraries and communities. Join us on August 21 at 11 a.m. Pacific/Noon Mountain/1 p.m. Central/2 p.m. Eastern time, as we talk with participants from two of the pilot libraries: Marcia Johnson from the Miami Public Library in Oklahoma and Dionne Mack from the El Paso Public Library in Texas. What did they do? What did they learn? What are they planning to do next?

This webinar is part of a series of webinars exploring the Edge Initiative Benchmarks. A coalition of leading library and local government organizations are working on Edge, including The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Urban Libraries Council, American Library Association's OITP, International City/County Management Association, Lyrasis, Public Library Association, State Libraries of California, Oklahoma and Texas, TechSoup Global, Universities of Maryland and Washington, and WebJunction/OCLC.

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Marcia Johnson has served as director of the Miami Public Library in Miami, Oklahoma, since 2002. Her library was one of nine in the nation to receive an ICMA Public Library Innovation Grant in 2009. Johnson received her Masters of Library and Information Studies from the University of Oklahoma in 2004. She has served as the Public Library Division Chair for the Oklahoma Library Association, as secretary for the Public Library Director’s Council, and as chair for the Oklahoma Library Technology Network Advisory Council. She was named Manager of the Year for the City of Miami in 2009. Prior to her work in public libraries, she served as school library media specialist for the Fairland Public School District.

Dionne Mack is the Director of the El Paso Public Library system. She began her career at Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) in 1996 as a librarian at BPL’s Crown Heights branch. She was the first African-American to become the head of a major public library system in New York State. As executive director of the Brooklyn Public Library, Ms. Mack oversaw BPL’s 60 libraries serving the 2.5 million people of Brooklyn. In 2008 she was named one of Crain’s New York Business 40 Under 40 leaders in the business world. Ms. Mack received a bachelor’s in history and African-American studies from the State University of New York College at Brockport, and a master’s in Africana studies and a master’s of library science from the University at Albany.

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