Boston Public Library
Strategic Planning

The BPL Compass

BPL Collections

by Michael Colford

BPL Collections are the focus of this next Compass Principle.  The BPL is committed to the on going development and preservation of its distinctive special collections, which provide citizens from all walks of life with access to their common cultural heritage. Listed below are a series of potential outcomes the library would like to accomplish in the coming months and years related to this principle.

We’d love to hear what you think are the most important of these outcomes for the library to focus on.  Please pick three from this list and include them in a comment so we can take your thoughts into account.  In addition, as you read through these outcomes, if you think there’s something missing as it relates to the statement above, please suggest an additional outcome for us to add.  More principles and outcomes next week!

  • Focus on collection strengths; fill gaps in existing collections
  • Focus on cultural heritage as it relates and is important to the non-researcher
  • The BPL is a key destination to visit and experience not only for artwork and museum-like qualities, but for vast and deep collections
  • The BPL is committed to the preservation of the City’s local history and therefore will identify and develop appropriate collections in neighborhoods
  • Collaborate with larger public community (in-house and online) to help describe collections and provide new information
  • Develop collection profiles that clearly and quickly identify holdings and ease serendipitous discovery — even place in the catalog
  • Allow closed stacks materials to circulate

One Response to “BPL Collections”

  1. theszak says:

    >”We’d love to hear what you think are the most important of these outcomes for the library to focus on.”

    What happened?… no response!

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