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Roundtable Recap: Johnson Building Improvement Project

by Eamon Shelton

At the November 14 roundtable, members of the public joined Boston Public Library staff for an interactive session to discuss the services that will be offered in the soon-to-be renovated spaces of the second floor of the Johnson Building.  Phase I of the project, which includes the second floor, is scheduled to begin next month.

Discussion topics included a review of the new Reference and Instruction area; an update on the Nonfiction, Reference, Children’s and Teen collections; and a look into Youth Services programs that are planned for the new spaces. The discussion topics were presented by Gianna Gifford, Manager of Reference and Instruction; Laura Irmscher, Chief of Collections Strategy; and Jessi Snow Coordinator of Youth Services.

The highlight of the program was an interactive question and answer session led by Christine Schonhart, Director of Library Services, Branches. Participants gathered around a physical model of the Johnson building to review the proposed design and discuss the services being offered in the spaces. Many participants stayed after the meeting to explore the model in detail and to continue the conversation about the programs.

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