6.1 | The library hosts a dedicated development environment to allow library staff to experiment with new applications and online environments
A development environment is an area of a server that is reserved for use during software or website development or while staging the rollout of new technologies. These environments are dedicated to those purposes so that any changes that happen (or mistakes that are made) won't affect the operational environment of the application. In a library, a development environment would typically be used to test changes to the library website, familiarize staff with new library information systems, or to test new applications or software. Having a dedicated development environment for experimentation allows staff to try out new applications and keep on top of new innovations, and also gives them the opportunity to get familiar with new systems so they can better help patrons when the change is rolled out to the public. For the purposes of the Edge assessment, the development environment needs to be open for use by staff to experiment; development environments that exist only to stage website changes do not meet the intent of this indicator.
FOR THE ASSESSMENT
Answer Yes if you have a dedicated development environment where library staff can install and experiment with new software and other applications.
Answer No, but plan to in the next year if you do not currently have a development environment for use by staff but plan to create one in the next year.
Answer No, would like to but cannot at this time if you would like to have development environment for staff but are unable to create one, perhaps because you don't have the technical expertise or you are unable to access your server environment.
Answer No, we have no plans to do so at this time if you have no plans to create a development environment for staff.