Posted on June 9th, 2014 by Gina Perille in Outcomes, Strategic Plan
Tags: Survey, User-Centered Institution
One 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:
- Benjamin Franklin
- Thomas Jefferson
- Abraham Lincoln
- Albert Einstein
- John Adams
- 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.
Posted on June 5th, 2014 by Christine Schonhart in Branches, Library Services, Major Projects
Tags: Jamaica Plain
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.
This 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.
Posted on June 3rd, 2014 by Michael Colford in Johnson Building Study, Library Services, Major Projects
Tags: Back Bay, Copley Square, Moves
The 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.
Posted on May 22nd, 2014 by Gina Perille in Johnson Building Study, Major Projects
Tags: Back Bay, Children and Teens, Copley Square, Teen Central
The second floor of the Johnson Building is an active construction site. The image below shows a view of the walls being built to frame the new Teen Central area. Teen Central will be a distinctive and media-friendly space with books, a digital lab, gaming area, dedicated quiet zone, and homework and hangout booths.