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Roundtable Discussions: Johnson Building Improvement Project

Posted on July 15th, 2013 by Gina Perille in Johnson Building Study, Major Projects

image-BPLjohnson2ndFloorBoston Public Library will host a series of four roundtables 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 at the Central Library in Copley Square.

“We have greatly benefitted from community and staff input throughout the master planning process,” said Michael Colford, director of library services. “And we look forward to even more conversation and engagement with library users in the months to come.”

The Johnson Building, which opened in 1972, is the portion of the Central Library in Copley Square that is at the corner of Boylston and Exeter Streets. In the summer of 2012, the library issued a request for proposals for help in exploring ideas on how to improve visitors’ first impressions of the Johnson Building, enrich library services and spaces, and create a positive financial impact for the library. Initial efforts to develop ideas for the Johnson Building began in November 2012 when a community advisory committee was formed and continued when the firm William Rawn Associates, Architects, Inc. was selected to lead the master planning process. The community advisory committee met through the winter and spring. The library hosted a January 2013 roundtable on its Community Gathering principle where the Johnson project was discussed and an April 2013 public program on the Johnson project specifically. In addition, the library collected ideas and suggestions on improving the Johnson Building through an interactive display in the center atrium. More than 375 comments were compiled from the display. The library will put up a second display this fall to collect additional comments and will continue to provide project updates via this blog.

This content is extracted from the July 15, 2013, media release: Boston Public Library to Host Roundtables on Johnson Building Improvement Project.

Compass Roundtable on Community Gathering Next Week

Posted on January 22nd, 2013 by Gina Perille in Strategic Plan

The next Compass Roundtable will take place on Wednesday, January 30, at 6 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street. Join a conversation about the Community Gathering principle with David Leonard, Boston Public Library’s Director of Administration & Technology, and Mary Frances O’Brien, the BPL’s Chief of Public Services .

“Compass” is the name of the Boston Public Library’s strategic plan. Community Gathering is the seventh of eight principles that staff from the BPL have discussed with the public following the unanimous approval of the strategic plan by the BPL Board of Trustees in November 2011. The Boston Public Library engaged its stakeholders in a two-year, three-phase planning process prior to that Board approval. The final Compass principle to be discussed is the User-Centered Institution principle, which will be covered in March 2013.

Download and share the January 30 Roundtable flyer (PDF).

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

 

Compass Roundtable on Community Gathering: Wednesday, Jan. 30

Posted on January 2nd, 2013 by Gina Perille in Strategic Plan

The next Compass Roundtable will take place on Wednesday, January 30, at 6 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street. Join a conversation about the Community Gathering principle with David Leonard, Boston Public Library’s Director of Administration & Technology, and Mary Frances O’Brien, the BPL’s Chief of Public Services .

“Compass” is the name of the Boston Public Library’s strategic plan. The Community Gathering principle in the Compass states: The BPL exists to serve and sustain communities that foster discovery, reading, thinking, conversing, teaching, and learning, in accessible, sustainable, and welcoming facilities throughout the City, as well as with an engaging online presence. The stated outcomes under the Community Gathering Principles are:

  • Provide library spaces that are inviting, stimulating, comfortable, clean, and safe.
  • Reimagine and redesign the BPL website to create a single location for connecting users with resources and with each other.
  • Link community members to library programs and services within the BPL system and beyond.
  • Minimize the library’s environmental impact.

Community Gathering is the seventh of eight principles that staff from the BPL have discussed with the public following the unanimous approval of the strategic plan by the BPL Board of Trustees in November 2011. The Boston Public Library engaged its stakeholders in a two-year, three-phase planning process prior to that Board approval. The final Compass principle to be discussed is the User-Centered Institution principle, which will be covered in March 2013.

Download and share the January flyer (PDF).

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