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Survey Highlights

Posted on May 8th, 2014 by Gina Perille in Outcomes, Strategic Plan
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Earlier this year, Boston Public Library conducted a survey that asked a range of questions about current and future library services and use. Continuing to collect and value input from library users is an outcome that supports the User-Centered Institution principle in the BPL’s strategic plan. The goal was to collect 10,000 surveys. In the end, more than 11,000 surveys were completed. Thank you to all who took the time to share comments and feedback. We’ll be sharing highlights from the survey in this and future blog posts. We start with information about how often Boston Public Library locations and website are visited.

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Life as a Service Hub for the Digital Public Library of America

Posted on March 12th, 2014 by admin in Collections, Library Services, Strategic Plan, Technology
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by Tom Blake

With millions upon millions of items to potentially digitize at the BPL, you would think we would have enough on our plates. But, in our role as a Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) Service Hub, we have taken on the digitization of collections across the entire Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Any library, archives, museum, historical society, or other cultural heritage institution in the state is eligible for this service. We have already been engaged by over 150 different institutions seeking our help get their collections digitized and made available online.

Although it might seem strange or even imprudent to take on such a task in a day when resources can be stretched thin, we believe that extending our state-of-the-art digitization services beyond our walls significantly increases the value of our own collections.

06_01_002590.LARGEThe works of Lowell Mason are a perfect example. Boston Public Library’s music department holds significant materials by this turn of the century composer and teacher, and these materials are critical in understanding the history of public music education. The Lowell Mason Foundation, a small nonprofit organization based in Medfield, requested our services to have complementary items digitized. Once digitization is complete, these items will become unified, virtually, with the holdings of the BPL via Digital Commonwealth and the DPLA. As our materials are connected to these other resources, we will have created a more comprehensive online resource for researchers who otherwise would have had to travel to multiple locations. This ability to enable a high level of discoverability for small, local collections bolsters our position as a leader and an innovator for library services. This has been our reputation since our founding and a source of pride for Boston ever since.

Branch Facilities Review

Posted on July 19th, 2013 by Christine Schonhart in Library Services, Major Projects, Strategic Plan
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Branch_Facilities_ReviewFrom December 2012 through February 2013, a review of all Boston Public Library branch locations was conducted. The goal of the review was to evaluate how successfully the branches meet the Principles for Excellence established by the Compass: Strategic Plan approved by the library’s Board of Trustees on November 15, 2011.

You can find the full text of the review here, and then click the image of the map.

Compass Roundtable on User-centered Institution: Thursday, March 28

Posted on March 7th, 2013 by Gina Perille in Strategic Plan
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2013BPLCompassRoundableHandoutMar28The next Compass Roundtable will take place on Thursday, March 28, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the Dudley Literacy Center of the Boston Public Library, located at 65 Warren Street in Roxbury. The focus will be on the User-centered Institution principle and will include information on youth outreach, the Dudley Fellowes Program, and the Xenos online language learning game. The leaders of the roundtable are JoAnn E. Butler, Coordinator of Literacy Services; Christine Schonhart, Director of Library Services, Branches; and Jessi Snow, Youth Services Coordinator.

Download and share the March Compass Roundtable flyer (PDF).

“Compass” is the name of the Boston Public Library’s strategic plan. The User-centered principle in the Compass states: 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.

User-centered Institution is the eighth of eight principles that staff from the BPL have discussed with the public following the unanimous approval of the strategic plan by the BPL Board of Trustees in November 2011. Boston Public Library engaged its stakeholders in a two-year, three-phase planning process prior to that Board approval.

If you are not able to join the User-centered Institution roundtable, you are welcome to leave a comment on this blog or send an email to compass@bpl.org with your ideas.

Compass Roundtable on Community Gathering Next Week

Posted on January 22nd, 2013 by Gina Perille in Strategic Plan
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The next Compass Roundtable will take place on Wednesday, January 30, at 6 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street. Join a conversation about the Community Gathering principle with David Leonard, Boston Public Library’s Director of Administration & Technology, and Mary Frances O’Brien, the BPL’s Chief of Public Services .

“Compass” is the name of the Boston Public Library’s strategic plan. Community Gathering is the seventh of eight principles that staff from the BPL have discussed with the public following the unanimous approval of the strategic plan by the BPL Board of Trustees in November 2011. The Boston Public Library engaged its stakeholders in a two-year, three-phase planning process prior to that Board approval. The final Compass principle to be discussed is the User-Centered Institution principle, which will be covered in March 2013.

Download and share the January 30 Roundtable flyer (PDF).

If you are not able to join the January roundtable, you are always welcome to leave a comment on this blog or send an email to compass@bpl.org with your ideas.