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Jamaica Plain Renovation – Update

Posted on August 22nd, 2014 by Christine Schonhart in Branches, Library Services, Major Projects
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Michael LeBlanc of Utile, Inc. shows community members a model of the proposed renovation

The third community meeting regarding the renovation of the Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library was held on August 4.

About 45 community members joined Utile, Inc. as they outlined proposed options for the addition and renovation of the 103 year-old building.

Full meeting notes and the presentation can be found here.

The next community meeting will be held in the fall where further developments of the plan will be presented.

 

 

Dudley Branch: Conference Room Upgrades

Posted on June 26th, 2014 by Christine Schonhart in Branches, Library Services
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dudley conference roomSince March, the Library has been working on the small conference room at the Dudley Branch of the Boston Public Library. New paint, carpet, white board, and picture rails were installed. Chairs from the former East Boston branch replaced the well-worn chairs, and the conference table was refinished. The Friends have already begun to hang art in the room making it a joyful, welcoming and comfortable space for small group meetings.

A special thank you goes to the carpenters, laborers, painters, staff at the branch and custodians for additional assistance to help make the place feel clean, welcoming, and refreshed.

If you’d like to reserve the conference room for small group use, please contact the branch at 617.442.6186.

Pay-for-Print Service Kiosks

Posted on June 25th, 2014 by David Leonard in Branches, Library Services, Major Projects, Technology
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KioskNew pay-for-print service kiosks will be arriving at the Central Library and the branches over the summer. At the Central Library, the kiosks will be installed area-by-area throughout the building to directly replace the existing pay-for-print machines. The area scheduled for the first installation at the Central Library is Tech Central.

At the branches, the kiosks will be delivered and placed near already-identified kiosk location. A group from the library’s IT team will visit each branch once required software upgrades are ready. The IT team will demonstrate to branch colleagues how the kiosks will be used by library patrons, and will conduct training for the branch staff.

Implementing this new system has several benefits:

  • Patrons will use a single system system for printing and copying
  • Introduction of a credit card payment option, which is in response to many requests
  • An option to pay overdue fines via the kiosk
  • Submission of print jobs via mobile devices (limited initially to any laptop on the BPL WIFI network)
  • Producing satisfactory audit reports
  • Existing equipment is unreliable; a problem for public, staff, and IT support.

Jamaica Plain Branch Renovation Meeting

Posted on June 5th, 2014 by Christine Schonhart in Branches, Library Services, Major Projects
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The second community meeting for the design phase of renovation of the Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library was held on May 21 at the branch. About 35 neighbors attended the meeting where architects
from Utile, Inc. presented an overview of the project along with three potential options for floor plans. Community members discussed the importance of the collection, access to technology, a space for teens, and the need for large and small community gathering places. A discussion on what a maker-space might look like at the branch included suggestions for computers, design software, group work stations and places for the community to share ideas and art.

groundfloorplanJPThis renovation project includes plans for additions at the South Street side of the building as well as an addition on the north side to accommodate an elevator. The ultimate design will need to be reviewed and approved by the Massachusetts Historical Commission. This phase is expected to wrap up in Winter 2015, and pending City Council budget approval, the construction phase could begin in the spring or summer of 2015. Renovations will require that the branch be closed to the public for approximately 12-18 months.

Meeting notes and the presentation can be found here. Shown in the image at right is one of the proposed layouts for the main level of the branch.

New Learning Lab at the Hyde Park Branch

Posted on May 29th, 2014 by Christine Schonhart in Branches, Library Services
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Thanks to a generous donation from the Boston Municipal Research Bureau in the name of former Mayor Thomas M. Menino, the Library was able to renovate the small homework room off of the children’s library at the Hyde Park branch. Knowing that many groups use that space for everything from homework help, to book clubs, to ESL classes, the space was designed to be flexible and fun. New tables and chairs can be easily moved around to form small group or individual study spaces. The glass sections of the wall are meant to be dry-erase boards where students or groups can share ideas. The photo collage that wraps around the top of the room comes from the Library’s Leslie Jones collection – view more of these great images online here. A new map of the Hyde Park neighborhood rounds out another wall where kids and adults alike can try to find their street and other interesting sites in the neighborhood. HPlab[1] HPlab2 HPlab3