Posted on June 26th, 2014 by Christine Schonhart in Branches, Library Services
Since 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.
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 25th, 2014 by David Leonard in Branches, Library Services, Major Projects, Technology
Tags: Access and Innovation, Sustainable Organization, User-Centered Institution
New 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.
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.