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Compass Roundtable on User-centered Institution: Thursday, March 28

by Gina Perille

2013BPLCompassRoundableHandoutMar28The next Compass Roundtable will take place on Thursday, March 28, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the Dudley Literacy Center of the Boston Public Library, located at 65 Warren Street in Roxbury. The focus will be on the User-centered Institution principle and will include information on youth outreach, the Dudley Fellowes Program, and the Xenos online language learning game. The leaders of the roundtable are JoAnn E. Butler, Coordinator of Literacy Services; Christine Schonhart, Director of Library Services, Branches; and Jessi Snow, Youth Services Coordinator.

Download and share the March Compass Roundtable flyer (PDF).

“Compass” is the name of the Boston Public Library’s strategic plan. The User-centered principle in the Compass states: 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.

User-centered Institution is the eighth of eight principles that staff from the BPL have discussed with the public following the unanimous approval of the strategic plan by the BPL Board of Trustees in November 2011. Boston Public Library engaged its stakeholders in a two-year, three-phase planning process prior to that Board approval.

If you are not able to join the User-centered Institution roundtable, you are welcome to leave a comment on this blog or send an email to with your ideas.

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One Response to “Compass Roundtable on User-centered Institution: Thursday, March 28”

  1. Don Warner Saklad says:

    The special expertise, interests of each Boston Public Library staff with BPL collections should be listed like faculty are listed on university websites. Invite staff to blog about their expertise with BPL collections using the model of the ancient BPL publications like “More Books”. There are go to people of the BPL collections. No longer hiding away their curatorial type interests would be better than the old out of date bad dynamic that hinders progress, that hinders developing ever greater expertise among inspired staff.