Canada: London, Ontario Public Library Publishes New Strategic Plan
From The Londoner:
After a year of research and community engagement, the London Public Library not only has a new four-year strategic plan, but some novel approaches for encouraging participation already rolling out in branches across the city.
The plan, developed in-house by LPL staff at no extra cost to the library, began with a community engagement process including street teams that interviewed 480 Londoners in public places around the city and a two-week online survey that garnered 6,700 responses.
One of the priorities in the plan is to revitalize branch spaces, particularly at the 12-year-old central branch downtown. Ellen Hobin, LPL’s manager of communications, said that means a number of practical changes, like more access to power outlets for devices, better access to WiFi, more comfortable seating, more quiet spaces and social spaces, and in-library coffee.
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Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.