Boston Public Library to Host Compass Roundtable on March 28
Continued community conversation on the library’s strategic plan
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March 07, 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 Thursday, March 28, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the Dudley Literacy Center of the Boston Public Library, located at 65 Warren Street in Roxbury. The focus will be on the User-Centered Institution principle and will include information on youth outreach, the Dudley Fellowes Program, and the Xenos online language learning game.

Since the unanimous approval of the library’s strategic plan by its Board of Trustees in November 2011, staff of the Boston Public Library has hosted roundtable conversations with community members on each of the plan’s principles. There are eight guiding principles in the library’s strategic plan. The User-Centered Institution principle states, “The BPL is a user-centered institution with services that anticipate and respond to neighborhood interests and the changing demographics of the City and Commonwealth.”

JoAnn E. Butler, Coordinator of Literacy Services; Christine Schonhart, Director of Library Services, Branches; and Jessi Snow, Youth Services Coordinator; will lead the discussion on March 28.

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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