Strategic Planning Session for the Boston Public Library

Title: Strategic Planning Session for the Boston Public Library
Description: Please come attend a Strategic Planning and Working Session at the South End Branch held by the Boston Public Library. The first phase of the library’s strategic planning process began in Fall 2009, during which more than 1,000 comments were collected over a three-month period. These comments came via public sessions in Hyde Park, Mattapan, and South Boston. Other sources of comments and ideas were Boston Public Library staff sessions, a staff blog, a staff Compass committee, a Trustees Compass committee, a community blog, meetings with BPL affiliates and friends, and more.

The Trustees Compass committee was formed under the leadership of BPL Trustee James Carroll and BPL President Amy E. Ryan. The committee offered ideas about the future of information and learning as well as on the multi-dimensional role of libraries. The committee’s work was combined with the staff and public engagement comments to create a set of draft principles to guide the Boston Public Library to future success.

The second phase of strategic planning will involve sharing the draft principles with BPL staff and the greater library-using community in order to collect more feedback and comments. The draft principles will be refined based on this feedback and presented to the BPL’s Board of Trustees for discussion and adoption at the end of calendar year. The goal is to create a public document that identifies core principles that build on the library’s existing strengths and provides a framework for achieving excellence. Boston Public Library work plans, service plans, fundraising initiatives, and other decision- making will flow from the identified principles.
Start Time: 18:30
Date: 2010-10-27
End Time: 19:30