Boston Public Library to Host Compass Roundtable on November 7
Continued community conversations following completion of strategic plan
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October 15, 2012
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The Boston Public Library continues its series of Compass Roundtables designed to offer updates and conversation about the library’s strategic plan. The next Compass Roundtable will take place on Wednesday, November 7, at 6 p.m. in the Orientation Room of the Central Library in Copley Square. The focus will be on the Special Collections principle. The Central Library is located at 700 Boylston Street.

There are eight guiding principles in the library’s strategic plan, known as the “BPL Compass.” The Special Collection principle states, “The BPL is committed to the ongoing development and preservation of its distinctive special collections, which provide citizens from all walks of life with access to their common cultural heritage.” Director of Library Services Michael Colford and Keeper of Special Collections Susan Glover will lead the discussion on November 7.

Those not able to attend the gathering are welcome to leave a comment on the BPL Compass blog ( or send an email to There are two more Compass Roundtables to come: one will focus on the Community Gathering principle (January 2013) and the other will focus on the User-Centered Institution principle (March 2013). View and download a copy of the library’s strategic plan via

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