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Roundtable Recap: Johnson Building Improvement Project

Posted on November 27th, 2013 by Eamon Shelton in Johnson Building Study, Library Services, Major Projects

At the November 14 roundtable, members of the public joined Boston Public Library staff for an interactive session to discuss the services that will be offered in the soon-to-be renovated spaces of the second floor of the Johnson Building.  Phase I of the project, which includes the second floor, is scheduled to begin next month.

Discussion topics included a review of the new Reference and Instruction area; an update on the Nonfiction, Reference, Children’s and Teen collections; and a look into Youth Services programs that are planned for the new spaces. The discussion topics were presented by Gianna Gifford, Manager of Reference and Instruction; Laura Irmscher, Chief of Collections Strategy; and Jessi Snow Coordinator of Youth Services.

The highlight of the program was an interactive question and answer session led by Christine Schonhart, Director of Library Services, Branches. Participants gathered around a physical model of the Johnson building to review the proposed design and discuss the services being offered in the spaces. Many participants stayed after the meeting to explore the model in detail and to continue the conversation about the programs.

Roundtable on November 14: Johnson Building Improvement Project

Posted on November 1st, 2013 by Gina Perille in Johnson Building Study, Library Services, Major Projects

BPLNovember14johnsonroundtable_750pxBoston Public Library continues its series of roundtable discussions to update library users and interested residents on the Johnson Building Improvement Project.

The first phase of project construction, which involves the second floor of the 700 Boylston Street building, will begin in December of this year. Highlights of the second-floor work include a new children’s library, teen area, updated reference services, a community reading area, and workspace for individual and collaborative efforts.

The next roundtable, the fourth in a series, will be held on Thursday, November 14, at 6:00 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street. The fourth roundtable will feature an overview of what the library services on the renovated second floor will include.

Download and share the PDF flyer about the meeting. If you are not able to join the November roundtable, you are always welcome to leave a comment on this blog or send an email to compass@bpl.org with your ideas.

Roundtable on September 25: Johnson Building Improvement Project

Posted on August 30th, 2013 by Gina Perille in Johnson Building Study, Major Projects

2013BPLSeptember25johnsonroundtableBoston Public Library continues its series of roundtable discussions to update library users and interested residents on the Johnson Building Improvement Project.

The next roundtable will feature an overview of library services during the first phase of construction. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, September 25, at 6:00 p.m. in the Mezzanine Conference Room at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.

Additional roundtables will be held:

  • Monday, October 21, at 6:00 p.m. as an online community chat via www.bpl.org/compass.
  • Thursday, November 14, at 6:00 p.m. in the Boston Room Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square.

Download and share the PDF flyer about the meetings.

The first roundtable was held on August 15. Read the August roundtable recap and the original July announcement of all four roundtables in the series.

If you are not able to join the September roundtable, you are always welcome to leave a comment on this blog or send an email to compass@bpl.org with your ideas.

Roundtable Recap: Johnson Building Improvement Project

Posted on August 23rd, 2013 by Eamon Shelton in Johnson Building Study, Major Projects

<!–[if !vml]–><!–[endif]–>The first in a series of public roundtables on the Johnson Building Improvement Project was held on August 15 (pictured at right). Members of the public joined Boston Public Library staff to review recommendations from the master plan. David Leonard, Director of Administration and Technology, led the discussion and walked the group through each area of the four floors (concourse, first floor, mezzanine, second floor) slated for improvements. The group was also shown a series of interior and exterior computer renderings that depict what the library might look like after the renovation. David discussed the project timeline with the first major milestone being the closure of the second floor of the Johnson Building planned for this coming October in preparation for the first phase of construction.

Discussion followed with questions related to the optimal location for the children’s library, the prominence of public art, plans for quiet spaces, technology, spaces for tutoring sessions, and the size of the collection. Attendees also discussed the best use for the enterprise area on the first floor, which has been planned as a possible café or retail space.

Thank you to all who attended the August 15 meeting. The next roundtable is scheduled for Wednesday, September 25, at 6 p.m. Topics will include library services during the first phase of construction.

Roundtable on August 15: Johnson Building Improvement Project

Posted on August 1st, 2013 by Gina Perille in Johnson Building Study, Major Projects

2013BPLAugust15johnsonroundtablescheduleBoston Public Library will host a series of four roundtable discussions to update library users and interested residents on the Johnson Building Improvement Project.

The first roundtable will feature an overview of the master planning process. The meeting will take place on Thursday, August 15, at 6:00 p.m. in the Boston Room at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street. Additional roundtables will be held:

  • Wednesday, September 25, at 6:00 p.m. in the Mezzanine Conference Room at the Central Library in Copley Square.
  • Monday, October 21, at 6:00 p.m. as an online community chat via www.bpl.org/compass.
  • Thursday, November 14, at 6:00 p.m. in the Boston Room Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square.

Download and share the PDF flyer about the meetings.

Read more about the roundtables in the July 15 announcement.

If you are not able to join the August roundtable, you are always welcome to leave a comment on this blog or send an email to compass@bpl.org with your ideas.