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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.

Central Library Renovation: Teen Central

Posted on June 24th, 2014 by Gina Perille in Johnson Building Study, Major Projects
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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 toward the Teen Central entrance, located on the second floor of the Johnson Building.

A view inside Teen Central where a lounge and lab will be built.

A view inside Teen Central where a gaming lounge and digital lab will be built.

New Microtext Equipment

Posted on June 18th, 2014 by Gina Perille in Collections, Johnson Building Study, Major Projects, Technology
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One of the new ScanPro machines at the Central Library in Copley Square.

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.

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.

Central Library Renovation: World Language Collection

Posted on June 13th, 2014 by Laura Irmscher in Collections, Johnson Building Study, Major Projects
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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.

Survey Highlights, Part 4

Posted on June 9th, 2014 by Gina Perille in Outcomes, Strategic Plan
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BenjaminFranklinImageOne of the final questions in the library’s 2014 survey was, “If the library were a famous person, who would it be?” Thousands upon thousands of people responded. The six proper names that most often appeared were:

  1. Benjamin Franklin
  2. Thomas Jefferson
  3. Abraham Lincoln
  4. Albert Einstein
  5. John Adams
  6. George Washington

What might be more interesting to note is that the overwhelming majority of responses did not mention a proper name or individual at all. In fact, more than 3,400 survey respondents supplied descriptions ranging from a few words to multiple paragraphs. We spent time reading through the comments and were able to identify the following four themes:

  • Library for all
  • Promoter of literacy
  • Server of the community
  • Holder of knowledge

Thank you to all who participated in the survey. See other survey highlights here and here, and also here.