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New Learning Lab at the Hyde Park Branch

Posted on May 29th, 2014 by Christine Schonhart in Branches, Library Services
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Thanks to a generous donation from the Boston Municipal Research Bureau in the name of former Mayor Thomas M. Menino, the Library was able to renovate the small homework room off of the children’s library at the Hyde Park branch. Knowing that many groups use that space for everything from homework help, to book clubs, to ESL classes, the space was designed to be flexible and fun. New tables and chairs can be easily moved around to form small group or individual study spaces. The glass sections of the wall are meant to be dry-erase boards where students or groups can share ideas. The photo collage that wraps around the top of the room comes from the Library’s Leslie Jones collection – view more of these great images online here. A new map of the Hyde Park neighborhood rounds out another wall where kids and adults alike can try to find their street and other interesting sites in the neighborhood. HPlab[1] HPlab2 HPlab3

Central Library Renovation: Early Construction Work

Posted on May 22nd, 2014 by Gina Perille in Johnson Building Study, Major Projects
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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.

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Survey Highlights, Part 3

Posted on May 12th, 2014 by Gina Perille in Outcomes, Strategic Plan
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Earlier this year, Boston Public Library conducted a survey that asked a range of questions about current and future library services. The survey also asked to what degree people agreed with a series of statements.

  • 49% of respondents agree or strongly agree with this statement: “I am planning to try one of the library’s free classes in 2014.”
  • 76% of respondents agree or strongly agree with this statement: “I know that the library has a lot of resources for job seekers and entrepreneurs.”
  • 93% of respondents agree or strongly agree with this statement: “It’s important for the library to offer free access to technology.”
  • 97% of respondents agree or strongly agree with this statement: “The library is important to me and my family.”
  • 98% of respondents agree or strongly agree with this statement: “The library makes a positive difference in the community.”

Ninety-eight percentOne of the final questions in the survey was about overall satisfaction with the collections, services, and programs of the Boston Public Library. Overall, 98% percent of respondents said they are either satisfied or very satisfied with the BPL.

Several survey respondents shared comments about the library. Below are just a few examples.

  • “I feel very fortunate to live in a city with such an amazing library system.”
  • “I think the public library is integral to the health and well-being of this city. Thank you!”
  • “The BPL is the embodiment of commonwealth, making me ever proud to be a citizen.”
  • “The library is doing a phenomenal job at bringing the community together and providing outstanding resources for all to use. It’s the heart of the town.”

See other survey highlights here and here.

Central Library Renovation: Fact Sheet

Posted on May 12th, 2014 by Gina Perille in Johnson Building Study, Library Services, Major Projects
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Information about the Central Library renovation and the changes planned for the Johnson Building are included in the library’s quick-reference project fact sheet, which is available for download. On the fact sheet, find information on the master plan process, first phase of construction, timeline, budget, as well as upcoming phases.

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PDF document, two pages (2 MB)

The library continues to post updates on project progress via this blog. Click here for all posts related to the Central Library renovation.

Survey Highlights, Part 2

Posted on May 9th, 2014 by Gina Perille in Outcomes, Strategic Plan
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TopWaysToLearnEarlier this year, Boston Public Library conducted a survey that included questions about future services, methods of preferred contact, and services tried. When asked which future services library users had the most interest in, the top choices were:

  • Online classes
  • Streaming video and audio*
  • Credit card payment of fines and fees

*Since the survey’s launch, Boston Public Library introduced a streaming media service.

When asked for the top two preferred ways to learn about the library’s programs and services (chart at right shows selections; survey takers could choose up to two options), the most-often chosen answers were:

  • Library website
  • Library e-newsletter
  • Library staff

When asked which of a range of library offerings people had already tried, the top responses were:

  • Museum passes
  • E-books and audiobooks
  • Talks and lectures

Other existing offerings included were art & architecture tours, mobile catalog, the Leventhal Map Center, classes, viewing digitzed images, digital magazines, and in-library laptop lending along with “all” and “none.”

See other survey highlights here.