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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.

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.

Central Library Renovation: Next Set of Moves

Posted on June 3rd, 2014 by Michael Colford in Johnson Building Study, Library Services, Major Projects
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bpl retractable banners_300pxThe next round of moves related to the Central Library renovation begins in earnest this month. This round of moves is to accommodate ceiling work in the Johnson Building necessary to complete as part of the renovation of the second floor. Large sections on the first floor of the Johnson Building will cleared in order to conduct this work.

As always, this schedule and sequence is subject to change, but below are some key highlights. It may be helpful to refer to the library’s current building directory (which will be updated over the summer) while reviewing the information below:

  • Fiction, large print, romance, and world language collections will move to McKim Conference Rooms A and B, which are on the lower level of the McKim Building.
  • Teen services will move to the Boston Room, which is on the first floor of the Johnson Building.
  • Tech Central will move into the Washington and Elliott Rooms, which are on the second floor of the McKim Building.
  • New microtext readers will be installed in Bates Hall, and the existing Boylston Room service point will be shared by the following teams: Reference & Readers Advisory, Social Sciences/Government Information, and Microtext.
  • By the end of June, DeFerrari Hall, the center atrium on the first floor of the Johnson Building, will be closed in order to accommodate railing work on the stairs. This means that the Johnson elevators will be the only public route to reach Human Resources and the lower level of the Johnson Building. The closing of DeFerarri Hall also marks the end of public access to the mezzanine level of the Johnson Building.
  • The Johnson information desk function will move out into the Johnson lobby when DeFerrari Hall is closed.

During the summer, preparations will be made for the next round of moves in conjunction with Phase 2 of the Central Library renovation, which is subject to City Council’s vote on the Mayor’s recommended FY15 budget. At that point, Kirstein Business Library and the Tech Classroom will be relocated from the Johnson lower level so that Phase 2 construction can begin in that area.

In early 2015, the nonfiction collection along with children’s and teen services will begin the move to the renovated second floor of Johnson in preparation for a March 2015 opening of the Johnson second floor.

Pending City Council’s approval of the Mayor’s recommended FY15 budget, Phase 2 work on the Central Library renovation would take place during the second half of 2014 and all of 2015, with an estimated completion date for the whole project in the summer of 2016.