Strategic Planning

The BPL Compass

Final Draft of Strategic Plan

by Gina Perille

The final draft (9-page PDF) of the Boston Public Library’s strategic plan goes before the Board of Trustees on Tuesday, November 15, at their regularly-scheduled meeting. We’re posting it here and copies of the draft plan will be available at the meeting, which begins at 3:00 p.m. at the Fields Corner Branch.

Thank you to all who have made comments on this blog, attended Roundtables, and sent in suggestions via email. This document is the result of your input, gathered across more than 80 different convenings over the last two years.

2 Responses to “Final Draft of Strategic Plan”

  1. David J. vieira says:

    First, I would like to thank The Compass Committee for their revision of Principle VII (Sustainable Organisation) to include and acknowledge the various Friends groups’ role in the future of the BPL. They are and remain the most direct contact with the patron base in the neighbourhood branches and are a stabilising force for the continued viability of a strong and user-centered institution.

    I see one great weakness in the proposed draft. Under Principle II (Community Gathering) the BPL continues to dodge the issue of accessability for all users. The BPL needs to step forward and be an example for the rest of the city to ELIMINATE (NOT reduce) physical barriers to accessability. With ADA 21 years on the books “long term plans” means NOW. I guarantee you the baby boomers will not be arriving at their branch library on skateboards.

    Thank you for continuing the conversation.

    David J. Vieira
    Acting President
    Citywide Friends of the BPL

  2. don warner saklad says:

    Let the public know more about Interlibrary Loan services and how they work. It’s not enough just to have Interlibrary Loan services in place. Interlibrary Loan services need to be made more well known and understood.