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Johnson Building Improvements Update

by Michael Colford

On April 8, Community Advisory Committee members reconvened to review predesign concepts for the Johnson Improvement Project.  President Amy Ryan along with representatives from William Rawn Associates, Architects Inc. and the City of Boston Public Facilities Department reviewed the goals of the project, introduced design concepts and program themes intended to enhance the user experience, reviewed the remaining schedule for the planning process, and discussed some of the next steps.

On April 10, BPL hosted a public program in Rabb Lecture Hall which featured an update of the early phases of the project lead by Michael Colford, director of library services.  Chris Gordon, consultant to the project, reviewed enterprise opportunities, and William Rawn and Cliff Gayley from William Rawn Associates, Architects Inc. led a discussion about the design principles of the Johnson buildings original Architect, Philip Johnson.

The night concluded with a dialog between the public and the presenters.  There were questions about the enterprise aspects of the project, the overall schedule, and discussion about how the public input being collected would be incorporated into the project.  Several audience members expressed appreciation for the context and asked that the project team continue to “think big.”

One Response to “Johnson Building Improvements Update”

  1. Don Warner Saklad says:

    Usability of Boston Public Library is too difficult keeping all but the most persevering from the best of BPL Resources. a) For example, Government Documents Division’s Librarian compiled an excellent hardcopy resource that could be put online but too many BPL bureaucratic obstacles prevent it.

    b) Guides, better up to date guides, how to use our BPL could be made available online with a better interactive mechanism that doesn’t delay as this does for “BPL Compass”.

    c) Library staff could be encouraged to blog about their favorite BPL collections sharing their knowledge.

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