Strategic Planning

The BPL Compass

Next Set of Roundtables to Come

by Gina Perille

Join the conversation at upcoming Compass Roundtables. Over the next year, Boston Public Library staff will continue to host roundtable gatherings to discuss projects related to a specific Compass principle. The next two principles to be discussed are Access & Innovation and Fun.

  • Discuss the Access & Innovation principle with Digital Projects Manager Tom Blake, Web Services Manager Scot Colford, and Director of Administration & Technology David Leonard
    Thursday, May 17 (updated date) at the West End Branch, at 6 p.m.
    Principle: The BPL provides access to and training in innovative technology, electronic resources, and digital information through its own holdings and its strategic position within the wider world of knowledge.
  • Discuss the Fun principle with Exhibitions Manager Beth Prindle
    Tuesday, July 10, Orientation Room (updated room) at the Central Library in Copley Square, 700 Boylston Street, at 12:30 p.m.
    Principle: The BPL leads the way for people of all ages with recreational reading and media, invigorating programs, user-created content, and opportunities for discovery in settings that are stimulating and engaging.

And here’s the schedule for the remaining principles.

  • September 2012: Center of Knowledge
    The BPL is a center of knowledge that serves researchers, lifelong learners, and the intellectually curious through its incomparable collections, digital resources, and access to other scholarly networks.
  • November 2012: Special Collections
    The BPL is committed to the ongoing development and preservation of its distinctive special collections, which provide citizens from all walks of life with access to their common cultural heritage.
  • January 2013: Community Gathering
    The BPL exists to serve and sustain communities that foster discovery, reading, thinking, conversing, teaching, and learning, in accessible, sustainable, and welcoming facilities throughout the City, as well as with an engaging online presence.
  • March 2013: User-Centered Institution
    The BPL is a user-centered institution with services that anticipate and respond to neighborhood interests and the changing demographics of the City and Commonwealth.

Specific dates, times, and locations will be published as soon as they are available. Thank you to all who attended the already-completed roundtables on Sustainable Organization and Children & Teens.


One Response to “Next Set of Roundtables to Come”

  1. theszak says:

    Regarding Access and Innovation, Fun, a) Develop a better more available not so edited forum where all who work at our library and library users can share hints, tips, pointers. b) Update the old models for Reference Desk services. c) Instead of having to turn up at a particular place and time for a one time event, make it more available using this medium, using this technology too. d) Offer more staff opportunities to contribute their expertise writing about Boston Public Library collections. e) Get rid of a fickle pissant librarian attitude toward those of us who may not have your expertise by being more transparent about how you so called library professionals do what you do. f) Affiliate our Boston Public Library with the library and information studies programs like University at Albany and University of Rhode Island g) Offer Boston Public Library on site academic affiliated programming, on site continuing education programming for staff. Make our BPL a teaching library in the same manner we have teaching hospitals. Arrange for on site at BPL courses/programs with University at Albany, University of Rhode Island for library workers.