Boston Public Library to Host Compass Roundtable on January 30
Continued community conversation on the library’s strategic plan
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January 02, 2013
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Boston Public Library continues its series of roundtables designed to offer updates and conversation about the library’s strategic plan, the BPL Compass. The next Compass Roundtable will take place on Wednesday, January 30, at 6 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon of the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street. The focus will be on the Community Gathering principle.

There are eight guiding principles in the library’s strategic plan. The Community Gathering principle 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.” David Leonard, Director of Administration & Technology, and Mary Frances O’Brien, Chief of Public Services, will lead the discussion on January 30.

Those not able to attend the gathering are welcome to leave a comment on the BPL Compass blog at or send an email to Boston Public Library’s strategic plan is available for download via

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