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Welcome from Amy E. Ryan, President, Boston Public Library

Posted on July 17th, 2012 by Gina Perille in Profiles, Strategic Plan
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BPL President Amy E RyanWhen I arrived in Boston as the new President of the Boston Public Library in 2008, it was a professional librarian’s dream come true. I knew of the BPL’s world-class book collection and treasures like its 15th century illuminated manuscripts and seafaring maps. I know now, however, that the library’s greatest treasure lies in the people with whom I am privileged to work.

For many years, long before I arrived in Boston, it has been clear that the way people read, think, learn, and teach is being redefined. Libraries everywhere must place themselves at the forefront of such change all while minding the gap, so to speak, between those with access to technology and information and those without. This strategic planning process has afforded my colleagues and me the privilege of personally communicating with thousands of Bostonians. Whether we serve people in buildings, online, or out in the community, we have listened to them talk about the library they have loved since childhood and their hopes for the library of the future.

Libraries have never been more important or useful than they are today. In this era of ever-expanding information, libraries help people make sense of the world. In buildings, the Boston Public Library’s core services will thrive with more books, open hours, story times, programs, and access to and assistance with technology. Online, the Boston Public Library will truly open the gate to the information highway in our buildings, at work, and on-the-go. In the community, the Boston Public Library will extend itself beyond bricks and mortar to meet our users – and our potential users – where they are.

Fulfilling the Boston Public Library’s 21st century potential may take some time, but I believe we can deliver on the vision contained within these pages. With Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s support and leadership, the Boston Public Library is committed to investing in the future of Boston. With this document, we have our compass.

 

Full Version of the BPL Compass: Strategic Plan

Posted on May 8th, 2012 by Gina Perille in Strategic Plan

The BPL Compass: Strategic Plan was approved by the Boston Public Library’s Board of Trustees on November 15, 2011.

Today, at the annual meeting of the Boston Public Library’s Board of Trustees, a full version of the strategic plan was published that includes the principles for excellence, the text of the strategic plan, profiles of community members, a summary of the planning process, examples of outreach, and a range of supporting documents.

View the complete plan online as a PDF document from the “Plan” tab.

Next Roundtable: Thursday, May 17

Posted on May 3rd, 2012 by Gina Perille in Strategic Plan

The next Compass Roundtable will take place on Thursday, May 17, at 6pm at the West End Branch, located at 151 Cambridge Street.

On May 17, join in a discussion about the Access & Innovation principle with Digital Projects Manager Tom Blake, Web Services Manager Scot Colford, and Director of Administration & Technology David Leonard.

The Access & Innovation principle states: The BPL provides access to and training in innovative technology, electronic resources, and digital information through its own holdings and its strategic position within the wider world of knowledge.

Members of the Boston Public Library staff will continue to host roundtable gatherings to discuss projects related to a specific Compass principle. The next principle to be discussed after Access & Innovation is Fun.

Discuss the Fun principle with Exhibitions Manager Beth Prindle on Tuesday, July 10, in the Orientation Room at the Central Library in Copley Square, 700 Boylston Street, at 12:30 p.m. The Fun principle states: The BPL leads the way for people of all ages with recreational reading and media, invigorating programs, user-created content, and opportunities for discovery in settings that are stimulating and engaging.

And here’s the schedule for the remaining principles.

  • September 2012: Center of Knowledge
    The BPL is a center of knowledge that serves researchers, lifelong learners, and the intellectually curious through its incomparable collections, digital resources, and access to other scholarly networks.
  • November 2012: Special Collections
    The BPL is committed to the ongoing development and preservation of its distinctive special collections, which provide citizens from all walks of life with access to their common cultural heritage.
  • January 2013: Community Gathering
    The BPL exists to serve and sustain communities that foster discovery, reading, thinking, conversing, teaching, and learning, in accessible, sustainable, and welcoming facilities throughout the City, as well as with an engaging online presence.
  • March 2013: User-Centered Institution
    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.

Specific dates, times, and locations will be published as soon as they are available. Thank you to all who attended the already-completed roundtables on Sustainable Organization and Children & Teens.

Next Set of Roundtables to Come

Posted on March 12th, 2012 by Gina Perille in Strategic Plan

Join the conversation at upcoming Compass Roundtables. Over the next year, Boston Public Library staff will continue to host roundtable gatherings to discuss projects related to a specific Compass principle. The next two principles to be discussed are Access & Innovation and Fun.

  • Discuss the Access & Innovation principle with Digital Projects Manager Tom Blake, Web Services Manager Scot Colford, and Director of Administration & Technology David Leonard
    Thursday, May 17 (updated date) at the West End Branch, at 6 p.m.
    Principle: The BPL provides access to and training in innovative technology, electronic resources, and digital information through its own holdings and its strategic position within the wider world of knowledge.
  • Discuss the Fun principle with Exhibitions Manager Beth Prindle
    Tuesday, July 10, Orientation Room (updated room) at the Central Library in Copley Square, 700 Boylston Street, at 12:30 p.m.
    Principle: The BPL leads the way for people of all ages with recreational reading and media, invigorating programs, user-created content, and opportunities for discovery in settings that are stimulating and engaging.

And here’s the schedule for the remaining principles.

  • September 2012: Center of Knowledge
    The BPL is a center of knowledge that serves researchers, lifelong learners, and the intellectually curious through its incomparable collections, digital resources, and access to other scholarly networks.
  • November 2012: Special Collections
    The BPL is committed to the ongoing development and preservation of its distinctive special collections, which provide citizens from all walks of life with access to their common cultural heritage.
  • January 2013: Community Gathering
    The BPL exists to serve and sustain communities that foster discovery, reading, thinking, conversing, teaching, and learning, in accessible, sustainable, and welcoming facilities throughout the City, as well as with an engaging online presence.
  • March 2013: User-Centered Institution
    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.

Specific dates, times, and locations will be published as soon as they are available. Thank you to all who attended the already-completed roundtables on Sustainable Organization and Children & Teens.

 

More Compass Roundtables

Posted on January 11th, 2012 by Gina Perille in Strategic Plan

This month, the Boston Public Library will begin a series of Compass Roundtables designed to offer continuing conversation about the library’s strategic plan. There are eight guiding principles in the library’s BPL Compass plan (www.bpl.org/compass), and the first two that will be discussed are Sustainable Organization and Children & Teens.

The Boston Public Library’s Chief Financial Officer, Sean P. Nelson, will lead the Sustainable Organization roundtables which will include a FY13 budget overview and budget planning timeline. The dates and times for these discussions are:

  • Wednesday, January 25, Central Library in Copley Square,
    700 Boylston Street, Boston Room, 6:30 – 7:30pm
  • Thursday, January 26, Jamaica Plain Branch,
    12 Sedgwick Street, 6:30 – 7:30pm

The Boston Public Library’s new Youth Services Coordinator, Jessi Snow, will lead the Children & Teens roundtable, which is scheduled afterschool so that young people can attend. The discussion will focus on the future of youth services. The date and time for the Children & Teens roundtable is:

  • Friday, March 9, Central Library in Copley Square,
    700 Boylston Street, Teen Room, 3:00 – 4:00pm

For more details on the library’s strategic plan, visit www.bpl.org/compass. For more details on the library’s budget and finances, visit www.bpl.org/budget.

Please join us. These conversations are about the library, systemwide, and are for all residents, citywide.

Download the Compass Roundtable flyer (PDF)