Here is a view of the second floor of the Johnson building where nonfiction collections, reference services, and a community reading area will be located as well as a new children’s library and teen space. What’s shown is stacks and stacks of stacks that are in the process of being assembled and installed around the second floor to hold the nonfiction collection. Newly-constructed restrooms are in the background and the entrance to Teen Central is off to the right. Teen Central will house its own collections as well as a digital lab, lounge for gaming and films, and a quiet study area.
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Boston Public Library recently added a new work of art to its collection: a bronze bust of Boston-born author Edgar Allan Poe. The bust was a gift donated to the library by sculptor Bryan Moore and was unveiled to the public at a well-attended event in the Abbey Room on October 30 (pictured below). As planned, the bust will be temporarily stored in advance of being displayed in the renovated Johnson building’s world-class fiction section. The Poe bust will appear alongside busts of other authors such as Mark Twain, Henry James, and others.
Audiobooks and DVDs are now located in the Orientation Room, which is on the first floor of the McKim building. Soon, new books — fiction and nonfiction — will also be located in the Orientation Room.
To find the Orientation Room (pictured above): Enter on Dartmouth Street and turn left before you reach the main staircase. The Orientation Room is ahead of you. Refer to the library’s map or speak to a staff member if you have any difficulty finding the Orientation Room.
Additional moves include: CDs to the Arts department (completed), which is on the third floor of the McKim building; and self pick-up of books on hold to the lower level of the McKim building (upcoming).
The date has been set for the closing of the Boylston Street entrance to the Central Library in Copley Square. The Boylston Street entrance will close on Monday, November 17. This is a significant milestone in the renovation project. As of November 17, the public will enter the Central Library only via Dartmouth Street. Prior to that date, a ramp will be added to the Dartmouth Street entrance so that there is an accessible way to enter the Central Library.
There will be a significant amount of activity inside the Central Library on November 17 in addition to the closing of the Boylston Street entrance. Children’s services, teen services, and borrower services will begin their move to the McKim building that day. There will be a one-week period when the children’s and teens’ collection of books and computers are unavailable; that will be the week when these items are in transit. The nonfiction collection also moves in November. There will be a two-week period when nonfiction books — other than the newest titles — will be unavailable. Once the move is complete, older nonfiction books will be available as a reserve or hold, or through paging by library staff until the renovated second floor opens (expected in March 2015).
Increase access to e-books and other digital content: streaming video, music, and audiobooks became available to BPL users in March 2014. The service proved immediately popular as evidenced by an approximately 20% increase in eCard registrations for several weeks after the announcement of the new service.
Implement new technologies: a new staff intranet was released in November 2013. The intranet uses the content management system Drupal as its framework and allows appropriate staff to publish content for the internal community to find, reference, and use without specialized coding skills. After a year of use by the staff, interviews, surveys, and analytics will be gathered to determine successes and failures of the project that will inform future projects, such as the redesign of public-facing web services.
Website redesign: A steering committee has been formed and a broader advisory committee will be convened, made up of representatives from many departments of the library to analyze, prioritize, and review the breadth of online properties that deliver BPL services. Deliverables include a project plan for the remainder of FY 2015 for redesign of bpl.org among other possible improvements to online properties.