Strategic Planning

The BPL Compass

The Importance of Being Public

by Michael Colford

On the Commons, an organization that has sparked collaborations, showcased commons-based solutions at the community and national level, developed approaches of how to share our commons equitably and given inspiration to commons activists to make a difference in their communities— and the world, has published a nice, in-depth article about the importance of the public library.  You can read the article at

What do you think?  Do you agree?  What are the services a library provides that need to be prioritized in our Strategic Plan?  We are currently working on our “Outcomes” or “goals” that will become an important part of our Strategic Plan.  In the coming weeks, I will be posting a sampling of Outcomes that we are looking at, and ask you to contribute your own thoughts on what Outcomes the library should be focusing on in the months and years to come.

2 Responses to “The Importance of Being Public”

  1. theszak says:

    Our urban public libraries need to do ever more to improve usability and be more welcoming with a customers services approach to interacting with the people, stakeholders, staff. At Boston Public Library for all the efforts on usability much more needs to be done beginning with Reference Desks asking library users, “How did we do on your enquiry?”

  2. theszak says:

    Delivering books to homebound folks need to be developed as a regular service. For the present, listings need to be posted online of community groups that will deliver library books to homebound folks.