Natasha Espada was the moderator and panelist for the ABX 2014 presentation on the Library of the Future.
Libraries have never been more important or useful that they are today. In this era of ever-expanding information, libraries must place themselves at the forefront of this change and redefine the way people read, think, learn, and teach. In 2012, the Boston Public Library (BPL) created the Compass: Strategic Plan Principles as a vision for the library of the 21st century. The library of the future will be a user-centered institution and a center of knowledge, serving communities throughout the City. It will focus on access and innovation, special collections, children and teens, and sustainability. These principles are now being implemented into the BPL's new and existing building facilities. With the completion of the new East Boston Library and the studies for the renovation of the Central Library and the Roslindale and Dudley Branches, this vision is becoming a reality. The session discussed how the implementation of the Boston Public Library's Compass Principles are transforming and redefining the 21st century library.