London library re-writing strategic plan
Library media workshop Aug. 21
Craig Gilbert/London Community News
Civic affairs columnist Phil McLeod and RogersTV London station manager Bob Smith explain their vision of the next 10 years for the London Public Library at a workshop at the Central Branch Wednesday (Aug. 21).
London Community News
The London Public Library is reinventing itself, searching for ways to remain relevant in the digital age.
Over the next month or so a consultant working on behalf of the library will be staging between 12 and 15 workshops designed to gather input from 100 different stakeholders as part of its strategic planning process.
The first workshop took place Wednesday (Aug. 21). Reporters from several London news outlets including London Community News spent two hours chewing the fat on what the library will look like, who it will serve and what it will stand for in five, 10 and 25 years.
Over the summer “street teams” interviewed 480 people at 27 different locations around the city including parks and festivals. An online survey has received close to 7,000 responses, according to the library’s marketing manager, Ellen Hobin.
The focus of the strategic plan is Library Space is Community Space.
A community camp event is scheduled for Oct. 28, 7-9 p.m. at the London Convention Centre.
“We are asking (London residents) what they value, what they need, and what roles they think that our spaces and services can play in their lives and the community,” the library’s website reads. “We need your input to make sure that the library’s physical spaces (library locations) and virtual spaces (our website and social media) remain relevant and meet your current and future needs.”
Visit www.londonpubliclibrary.ca/yourplace and follow @londonlibrary on Twitter to join the conversation.