Posted on June 26th, 2014 by Ellen Donaghey in Johnson Building Study, Major Projects
As part of the Central Library renovation project, the BPL is undertaking a review of furniture and other items that have been stored in the basement of the Johnson building and in other areas in the Central Library. Senior library team members review these items to determine if an item should be retained, surplused, sold or discarded.
Items to be retained are those that have an identified or potential future or reuse within the BPL system or have significant historic value to the library. All items are carefully reviewed prior to being placed on surplus. This ensures that only items that have no use to the BPL are being surplused. Items to be disposed of have no value. Typically, these items are beyond reclamation, with no salvage value or are obsolete.
Items to be surplused or sold may still have a useful life, but are no longer of direct use to Boston Public Library. Under state surplus laws, the library must first offer these items to other City of Boston agencies. Items may also be surplused to other municipalities or to state agencies for no charge. If no other governmental agency claims the item off surplus, it may then be offered for sale. These items are listed on the city auction site, which can be viewed via www.municibid.com/storecatalog.asp?userid=723.
Updated on July 18: surplus items from Boston Public Library now have a dedicated page on the municipal bid site. Go to http://www.municibid.com/storecatalog.asp?userid=16097.
Posted on June 24th, 2014 by Gina Perille in Johnson Building Study, Major Projects
Tags: Back Bay, Children and Teens, Copley Square, Moves, Teen Central
The second floor of the Johnson Building continues to be an active construction site. The images below show the in-progress Teen Central. The current teen room at the Central Library in Copley Square will move from the mezzanine level to the Boston Room on the first floor of the Johnson Building. (View the Central Library map.) Find it under the “Borrower Services” sign when entering on Boylston Street. Teen services will operate out of the Boston Room until it’s time to reopen the second floor.
A view toward the Teen Central entrance, located on the second floor of the Johnson Building.
A view inside Teen Central where a gaming lounge and digital lab will be built.
Posted on June 18th, 2014 by Gina Perille in Collections, Johnson Building Study, Major Projects, Technology
Tags: Back Bay, Copley Square, Microtext, Moves
One of the new ScanPro machines at the Central Library in Copley Square.
The Central Library in Copley Square has new microfilm and microfiche scanners available for public use. There are six machines in the north end of Bates Hall on the second floor of the McKim Building and one coming soon on the third floor of the McKim Building in the Arts. These new machines are high definition, extremely compact, and offer all-in-one operations. The days of having to read microfilm on machine and then change to a different machine in order to print are over. These new scanners enable the emailing of files as well as the downloading of files to a flashdrive for added convenience.
If you would like to preview the new microfilm and microfiche scanners before your next visit to the Central Library in Copley Square, watch the manufacturer’s introductory overview video.
A view into the north end of Bates Hall where the new microform and microfiche scanners are located.
And when you are here, always feel free to talk to a staff member about the new machines. You will find reference team members in the Boylston Room which is just outside the north end of Bates Hall. If you enter on Dartmouth Street, take the marble stairs or east elevator up to the second floor of the McKim Building and turn left.
View other entries on this blog that detail Central Library collection and service moves and refer to the Central Library map to locate the Boylston Room.
Posted on June 13th, 2014 by Laura Irmscher in Collections, Johnson Building Study, Major Projects
Tags: Archival Center, Back Bay, Copley Square, Moves, World Languages
The world language collection is moving to McKim Conference Rooms A and B, located on the lower level of the McKim building (view a map). The collection size at the Central Library has been temporarily reduced to fit in the new location, but there are additional world language books available at all BPL branches and at the Archival Center. Users can request via staff and the library’s catalog world language books from any location, including the Archival Center, to be picked up at the Central Library. Library staff members have been performing ongoing collection maintenance to the world language collection to remove damaged or out-of-date books. Staff have also researched the use of the collection systemwide as well as demographic information and language trends in Boston and are partnering with new vendors to supply material in the languages most in demand in the city. In the past few months, new orders have been placed for Russian, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Haitian-Creole, and Vietnamese material. This is all building to a revitalized world language collection that better serves Bostonians.
Posted on June 3rd, 2014 by Michael Colford in Johnson Building Study, Library Services, Major Projects
Tags: Back Bay, Copley Square, Moves
The next round of moves related to the Central Library renovation begins in earnest this month. This round of moves is to accommodate ceiling work in the Johnson Building necessary to complete as part of the renovation of the second floor. Large sections on the first floor of the Johnson Building will cleared in order to conduct this work.
As always, this schedule and sequence is subject to change, but below are some key highlights. It may be helpful to refer to the library’s current building directory (which will be updated over the summer) while reviewing the information below:
- Fiction, large print, romance, and world language collections will move to McKim Conference Rooms A and B, which are on the lower level of the McKim Building.
- Teen services will move to the Boston Room, which is on the first floor of the Johnson Building.
- Tech Central will move into the Washington and Elliott Rooms, which are on the second floor of the McKim Building.
- New microtext readers will be installed in Bates Hall, and the existing Boylston Room service point will be shared by the following teams: Reference & Readers Advisory, Social Sciences/Government Information, and Microtext.
- By the end of June, DeFerrari Hall, the center atrium on the first floor of the Johnson Building, will be closed in order to accommodate railing work on the stairs. This means that the Johnson elevators will be the only public route to reach Human Resources and the lower level of the Johnson Building. The closing of DeFerarri Hall also marks the end of public access to the mezzanine level of the Johnson Building.
- The Johnson information desk function will move out into the Johnson lobby when DeFerrari Hall is closed.
During the summer, preparations will be made for the next round of moves in conjunction with Phase 2 of the Central Library renovation, which is subject to City Council’s vote on the Mayor’s recommended FY15 budget. At that point, Kirstein Business Library and the Tech Classroom will be relocated from the Johnson lower level so that Phase 2 construction can begin in that area.
In early 2015, the nonfiction collection along with children’s and teen services will begin the move to the renovated second floor of Johnson in preparation for a March 2015 opening of the Johnson second floor.
Pending City Council’s approval of the Mayor’s recommended FY15 budget, Phase 2 work on the Central Library renovation would take place during the second half of 2014 and all of 2015, with an estimated completion date for the whole project in the summer of 2016.