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We have been busy. 

Below are the activities to date. For information on our ongoing activities, check out our event calendar on the main Community Consultation page. For a list of reports, raw data and findings please look at our Community Consultation page where we will compile all findings for transparency. These same documents can also be found under the individual Progress Report release as well. 

The final Drop-in with the CEO and Board Chair Laurey Gillies was held at the L.E. Shore Boardroom. Thank you to everyone who participated in the Phase II focus groups and Drop-In events.

Our Post-It Note Activity is wrapping up on November 26th. The official last day to enter into the Raffle was on the 23rd, which is when the comments and ideas from Craigleith Heritage Depot were merged at L.E. Shore. Participation in the Post-It Note Activity continued for three days at L.E. Shore where comments and ideas from both branches could be found. Community members continued to share ideas and comment on other ideas over the three days.

Over the three weeks that the Post-It Note Activity happened there were 483 participants who shared their ideas and insights. Thank you to everyone who participated in the Post-It Note Activity. The Post-It Note Raffle will be announced over the weekend on our social media platforms. Winners will also be contacted.

The Board approved the Phase I report on Community Conversations at the November 25th Board Meeting. This report is attached here and will also be linked on the Community Consultation page. As raw data is released it will be located there.

The TwAG meeting (Tween Advisory Group) met and those present had an opportunity to share their thoughts on Tween needs at BMPL. A need for social activities for Tweens and Teens was discussed and the need to have opportunities to meet new people from across the Town. Participants stated they liked the children's programs and wanted to see similar activities for older youth.

Our Open Topic Focus Group was schedule for L.E. Shore on November 17th. Due to lack of registration, this event was cancelled mid-afternoon before the Focus Group was schedule to run. We encourage individuals who were considering attending to stop by for a chat at the next Drop-In Chat with the CEO and Board Member happening on Saturday, November 27th at 10:00am in The Boardroom at L.E. Shore.

Ravenna community members joined a Focus Group on an Open Topic on November 13th from 10:00 am - 12:00pm at Ravenna Hall. The community members who attended were asked: How can we better support our rural communities? What services and programs would you like to see here? What can BMPL do better to serve you?

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Focus Group. If you would like to participate in an upcoming Focus Group, please register here.

Our Arts and Culture Focus Group at the L.E. Shore happened on November 10th from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. The community members who attended were asked: How we can better support our local artists; What can we do better at in achieving the "G" in our GLAM Services; What types of Arts and/or Culture should we be adding to our collections, buildings, outdoor spaces; How can the local businesses develop more partnership and networking supports around arts?

Thank you to everyone who participated. If you'd like to participate in a Focus Group, and be a co-creator in your community, please register for a focus group here.

A Focus Group was held over the phone for seniors participating at Seniors Centre Without Walls. Participants shared insights and ideas as to how The Blue Mountains Public Library can better serve our senior community and our homebound community, and the many learning and social opportunities need in our community to support the full wellness of our senior community.

Thank you to Seniors Centre Without Walls and to attendees for participating in this Focus Group. Your insights and voices are valuable in our community.

Thank you to the staff of BVO for joining us in a private Focus Group. Our conversation focused on how the two organizations can better support each other and our community.

If you'd like to participate in a Focus Group, and be a co-creator in your community, please register for a focus group here.

Our Educator Focus Group was held after school hours at the L.E. Shore. Unfortunately, due to the tight schedule of our local educators, no one was able to join us for this event. However, our teachers are in close contact with our staff and we will ensure their voices are heard in this study.

If you'd like to participate in a Focus Group, and be a co-creator in your community, please register for a focus group here.

It is here. The Post-It Note Activity opened today at both the L.E. Shore branch and the Craigleith Heritage Depot. It was wonderful to watch the post-it note comments start to accumulate on the various questions. Opportunities for commenting are available through November 23rd at both locations. All participants who make comments are entered into draws for many community prizes.

Our third Drop-In had the CEO with our Vice Chair, Laurey Gillies meet with two community members at the L.E. Shore Boardroom on November 1st from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. 

Thank you to everyone who participated. There is one remaining Drop-In on Saturday, November 27th

Our Rural Services Focus Group was scheduled for the Ravenna Hall. Since no one was registered for this event the day before it was scheduled to run, and since the BMPL was paying for a rental of the Ravenna Hall, we have cancelled this focus group.

We encourage individuals from the rural areas of the Town may participate in any of our other sessions, including the Open Topic session of November 13th at 10:00am at the Ravenna Hall.

If you'd like to participate in a Focus Group, and be a co-creator in your community, please register for a focus group here.

Our Museum Focus Group at the Craigleith Community Centre happened on October 26th from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Community members participated in an insightful discussion about what they would like to see from the Museum at Craigleith Heritage Depot and The Blue Mountains Public Library. This group was asked: How they are currently using the Craigleith Heritage Depot and museum; What they feel needs to be improved (in the service and facility); How the Craigleith Heritage Depot can better serve the East End community?

Thank you to everyone for coming to participate! If you'd like to participate in a Focus Group, and be a co-creator in your community, please register for a focus group here.

The second Drop-in with the CEO and Board Chair Maurice Pepper was held at the Craigleith Community Centre. Unfortunately, we again had no community joined for this drop-in.

Blue Mountains Seniors Network had a Focus Group at their monthly committee meeting on October 21, 2021. They were asked: what are the needs and gaps in service of our senior community? What partnership opportunities and ideas would benefit the senior community? What kinds of things can The BMPL do to beter serve our senior community? How can BMPL serve homebound seniors better?

Thank you to the Blue Mountains Seniors Network for sharing your insights and ideas and for helping to platform seniors voices in our community.

Our Parent Focus Group at the L.E. Shore happened on October 20th from 5:30 - 7:00 pm. Two members of the public wished to register, but due to not being able to show a vaccine passport, and Ministerial Regulations for events, they were not able to participate at this time. They have been invited to participate in the Drop-In sessions. Other parents interested who could not attend were asked: How we can better support their children / students; How we can better support them as parents, both in the pandemic and in more normal times; What they feel needs to be improved in our facilities; What types of collections would they like us to consider?

Thank you to everyone who participated. If you'd like to participate in a Focus Group, and be a co-creator in your community, please register for a focus group here.

The first Drop-in with the CEO and Board Chair Maurice Pepper was held at the L.E. Shore  Boardroom. Unfortunately, no community joined for this first drop-in, but the Chair and CEO were able to have some good conversations about the Strategic Plan activities to date.

Goldsmith's Orchard Market was the perfect spot to wrap-up Community Conversations for Phase I of the 2022-2026 Strategic Plan Study. While there from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm, Mary had 13 community conversations with 34 people. Folks enjoyed learning about the Parent Focus Group happening in The Gallery at L.E. Shore on Wednesday, October 20th where childcare is being provided for all parent focus groups. While parents are in the focus group, their child(ren) are safe in the Library having fun doing a Children's Programs. Parents and families have had an unique experience recently, and we want to hear from you. Thank you to everyone at Goldsmith's for being a partner host location for our Community Consultation.

If you'd like to register for Parents Focus Group, please make sure you also include the ages of your child(ren)!

Teens participated in a Focus Group during the monthly Teen Group, as well as other teen and young adult community members. During this Focus Group, Teens shared insights and ideas as to how The Blue Mountains Public Library can better serve our teens and young adults. Participants were asked: How can we make our Teen area more inviting? What kind of programs would you like to see at the Library? What are some cool things that you think the Library should add to its collection? and, When you visit the Library, what are you looking for?

If you'd like to participate and have your voice and ideas heard, join a Focus Group today!

Our Seniors Focus Group, in The Gallery at L.E. Shore, happened from 12:00 - 1:45pm on October 13th. Seniors from across the community participated in a lively discussion about what they would like to see from their Blue Mountains Public Library. This group was asked: What services would you like to see? What programs would you like offered? What about collections? What about communications? Participants shared ideas and insight for their Blue Mountains Public Library Gallery, Library, Archives & Museum (GLAM). Thank you to everyone for coming to participate!

If you'd like to participate in a Focus Group, and make sure that your voice is heard in your community, please register for a focus group here.

Our first focus group, that of the Arts & Culture Council members, occurred today. This group was asked what would you like to see in The Gallery at L.E. Shore (by them and by the BMPL Team)? How can we better support our artists and artisans of the community? What gaps in arts and culture activities should BMPL fill for our community? and How do we become a better partner for our community? Members of this group will also be joining the public Arts and Culture Focus Group scheduled for Wednsday, November 10th at 6pm at The Gallery at L.E. Shore.

It sure was colourful for Castle Glen's Mailbox Party. Mary had 1 community conversation and chatted with 3 people. Folks were able to take a bundle of the Micro Surveys for a chance to win a prize when they return them through the drop box at both branches. Folks were eager to collect their mail and read BMPL's 2022-2026 Strategic Plan Stud Report in The Blue Mountains Review, and were curious about the number of Focus Groups happening. If you'd also like to participate in a focus group, there are a number of thematic and open topics just for you!

This October's Blue Mountains Review has a four page insert delivered to homes across the Town. This Strategic Plan Update includes our emerging themes, explanation of what we have completed in Phase I and are doing now that we are in Phase II. It identifies how you can participate in the many Focus Groups and Drop In Chats being offered in October and November, as well as our next steps. If you are interested in participating in a focus group, but are unwilling or unable to participate face to face, please contact the Library CEO who will find alternative opportunities for your voice to be gathered. If you do not receive The Review, you may pick up a copy at our branches beginning October 15th or read online here.

The Blue Mountains Public Library team and Roving Librarian, Mary, were out at the Thornbury Farmers Market, on October 3rd. The BMPL team heard from residents of all ages on what they would like to see their Gallery, Library, Archives and Museum (GLAM) include in the next Strategic Plan. We provided library cards for new residents, connected community members with services and activities they were looking for, and once again helped folks connect to their 24/7 library--The Virtual Branch. The BMPL team, at the Farmers Market, had 18 Community Conversations with 129 people. For more dates when The Blue Mountains Public Library will be at the Thornbury Farmers Market, please see our Community Consultation webpage for more details.

Our final micro-survey was released today on the BMPL website. This short survey focuses on Youth Programs and can be completed by the youth themselves or by a parent/caregiver. If you have not yet answered this micro-survey, or any of the previous surveys, they are all open and can be found on our Community Consultation-Surveys page. Also, be sure to put your name, email/phone, and community, and be entered in our weekly draws for gift certificates to local shops.

The Chinook Salmon were jumpin' at the Thornbury Fish Ladder today when Mary was out and about having community conversations with folks just like you. She connected with 20 people for 7 community conversations while folks looked for jumping fish. There was even a pet parrot that stopped by with their family for a good look of the salmon run. Folks enjoyed learning about ways they can participate and have their voices heard in BMPLs Strategic Plan Study. If you'd like your voice to be heard too, check out our webpage for all the ways you can participate too.

Mary was out and about in Craigleith having Community Conversations with folks about National Day of Truth & Reconciliation, Orange Shirt Day, and Canada's Calls to Action. Mary had 9 community conversations about Truth & Reconciliation in our community with 11 community members. You can learn more about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action here

The new and growing neighbourhood of Windfall in Craigleith has a great sense of community! Mary connected with 32 people for 19 community conversations. Families shared their ideas about what they would like for their community, and kids drew pictures of their ideas after getting off the school bus. They were even lucky enough to get a FREE Make & Take activity kit. Windfall community members were happy to know that childcare is being provided for the Parent Focus Group happening on October 20th. Register here to participate in any of our Focus Groups.

That's right! It was an exciting weekend throughout The Town of The Blue Mountains this weekend. Not only was it Oktoberfest, but also it was the See The Salmon Run event, too! Mary was able to join the fun in the Youth booth, from 1:00 - 2:00pm, at the See The Salmon Run event that happened at Red-tailed Hawk Forest School. Mary connected with 14 elementary aged school kids and their parents and guardians and had 6 community conversations. Kids took home an Aquatic themed Make & Take activity kit, and drew pictures of what they would like to see in their Gallery, Library, Archive & Museum.

A big thank you to the Blue Mountain Water Shed Trust, the event volunteers and coordinators, Collingwood Today, and to everyone who braved the rain downpour to watch the Chinook Salmon!

 

Is it Red Wing, or Redwing? Well, we found out today!

Redwing was bursting with ideas for what they would like for their community and what they would like to see for their Gallery, Library, Archive & Museum (GLAM). Mary chatted with 11 people through 10 community conversations at the Redwing Mailbox Party. Everyone in Redwing and throughout The Town of The Blue Mountains was invited to join an upcoming Focus Group, enter for a chance to win a prize after completing a Micro Survey, and learned about our famous Post-It Note Activity happening in November. Don't miss out on your opportunity to have your voice and ideas heard in Phase II of the 2022-2026 Strategic Plan Study! Participate here!

 

What a great day to be picking up farm fresh produce and stopping to say 'hi' to Mary for a Community Conversation chat at Goldsmith's Orchard Market! It was hopping at Goldsmith's between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm when Mary was having community conversations with folks just like you. Community Conversations happen where you are out in The Town of The Blue Mountains--where you work, life and play! Mary spoke to 66 people and had 21 community conversations. Prizes and community conversations went fast, and even though many chatted with Mary some were a bit disappointed that they weren't the very first ones to get a coupon. If you missed your chance for a prize to a local small business in TBM, check our Community Consultation webpage to find out where Mary will be next, for your chance to win a prize!

A big thank you to everyone who stopped and chatted with Mary. And a very big thank you to Goldsmith's Orchard Market for hosting a community conversation event. We'll be returning to Goldsmith's for more fun on October 15th! See you all there

Despite the rain, 11 of our registrants attended the Strategic Planning Town Hall where a progress report was presented and feedback on what else we can do to collect information on our Consultation was gathered. In addition to the conversations that happened during the Town Hall, a Post-It Note Activity yielded 30 additional comments. If you missed this opportunity for feedback, you may wish to view the PowerPoint presented and email any comments to us. This successfully closes Phase I.

The Blue Mountains Public Library team were out at the Thornbury Farmers Market, on September 19th from 11:00am - 2:00pm. The BMPL team provided library cards for new residents, and connected with community members on services and activities they were looking for. Some youth spoke of looking for more activities in the building such as arts and cooking competitions. Many residents felt we were doing a great job, but were still prompted for ways we can do better since our goal is to continuously improve our service model and spend our tax dollars in the most productive way possible. The BMPL team, at the Farmers Market, had 27 Community Conversations with 54 people. For more dates when The Blue Mountains Public Library will be at the Thornbury Farmers Market, please see our Community Consultation webpage for more details.

Gibraltar community members did not miss out on having The Blue Mountains Public Library visit them for Community Consultations. Mary spoke with 8 people during 2 community conversations. There were several cyclists who had a cycling visit, with Mary walk along for their brief chat.

Our twelfth micro-user survey was released today on the BMPL website. This short survey focuses the our our Library of Things. Not sure what the Library of Things is, check out our website for more information. We currently offer snow shoes, technology, games/puzzles, cameras/video equipment, and so much more. With this survey we hope to determine what other types of "Things" you would be interested in being able to borrow from BMPL. This survey will help us better plan our 2022 budget and needs for this special collection. 

If you have not yet answered this micro-survey, or any of the previous surveys, they are all open and can be found on our Community Consultation-Surveys page. Also, be sure to put your name, email/phone, and community, and be entered in our weekly draws for gift certificates to local shops.

Ravenna had some fun at their Mailbox Party on September 10th from 2:00 - 4:00 pm at Ravenna Country Market. During her time there, Mary spoke with 32 people during 7 different community conversations. We are listening and wanting to hear from you. We want to know how you've been doing through the pandemic, and what you'd like to see happen at your Gallery, Library, Archives and Museum. Connect with us during a community conversation, provide your feedback through a 2 minute Micro-Survey, or sign up for our Town Hall on September 22nd. There are lots of ways to participate!

Mailbox Parties are a fun and exciting way of having community conversations in rural communities where there is a safe place near a community mailbox. Slabtown's Mailbox Party had 4 people waiting to get the party started when Mary arrived to set-up. Between 4:00 - 6:00pm, Mary had 8 community conversations with 14 people who live in Slabtown. Thank you to everyone who showed up to support their Blue Mountains Public Library GLAM (Gallery, Library, Archives and Museum)! It was great to connect with so many people in Slabtown and chat about their community aspirations, and what they would like to see at their Gallery, Library, Archives and Museum. We'll be hosting more Mailbox Parties in rural communities across The Town of The Blue Mountains, so check our Event Calendar for exact dates and locations.

The Blue Mountains Public Library team were out at the Thornbury Farmers Market Sunday, September 5th from 11:00am - 2:00pm of the long weekend. The BMPL team provided library cards for new residents, introduced our Library of Things to those who stopped by,  signed up several new community members for cards, connected community members with services and activities they were looking for, read stories to little ones, and helped folks connect to their 24/7 library--The Virtual Branch. The BMPL team, at the Farmers Market, had 29 Community Conversations with 92 people. For more dates when The Blue Mountains Public Library will be at the Thornbury Farmers Market, please see our Community Consultation webpage for more details.

Our eleventh micro-user survey was released today on the BMPL website. This short survey focuses on how best to communicate with our community and where you would like to see us outside of the 2 facilities (L.E. Shore and Craigleith Heritage Depot).

We have begun expanding our pop-up libraries throughout the community, from east to west and into our rural communities, but until we hear from you, we will not know what you would like and where. Interested in children's programs in Heathcote? Interested in a tech program at Ravenna Hall? Interested in weekly holds delivery to a rural central location? Or are you or someone you care about homebound and in need of delivery service? You tell us where you would like us to bring our services and the types of services you want to see outside of our buildings.

Communication is also included in this survey. Specifically, how you learn about our services, and how you prefer to be communicated with. Like all of our micro-user surveys, this survey is sent electronically AND is being distributed in print to all who visit LES and CHD, so we hope to have a broad understanding of how our community finds out about our services.

Again, if you have not yet answered this micro-survey, or any of the previous surveys, they are all open and can be found on our Community Consultation-Surveys page. Also, be sure to put your name, email/phone, and community, and be entered in our weekly draws for gift certificates to local shops.

As part of the launch of the 10th Annual Municipal Arts Program, BMPL staff held a Post-It-Note Activity with those who entered the Town Hall Atrium to see the art on display Monday and Tuesday. The focus of this consultation was The Gallery at L.E. Shore, arts and culture within the community, and how your BMPL GLAM can continue to best serve this need. 

Mary swung by Ravenna for some Community Conversations on August 27th. Between 2:00-4:00pm, Mary met with 32 people to have 6 community conversations talking to us about what kinds of experience they wish to have at their Gallery, Library, Archive & Museum (GLAM) and what memories they wish to make there. A huge thank you to Ravenna Country Market for hosting us, and thank you to all the community members who stopped for a chat! We'll be returning to Ravenna on Sept 10th, if you'd like to connect with us this week.

The Blue Mountains Public Library team and Roving Librarian, Mary, were out at the Thornbury Farmers Market, on August, 22nd from 11:00am - 2:00pm. The BMPL team provided library cards for new residents, provided book recommendations, connected community members with services and activities they were looking for, such as the location of the Mary Ward Shipwreck, and helped folks connect to their 24/7 library--The Virtual Branch. The BMPL team, at the Farmers Market, had 33 Community Conversations with 184 people. For more dates when The Blue Mountains Public Library will be at the Thornbury Farmers Market, please see our Community Consultation webpage for more details.

Our tenth micro-user survey was released today on the BMPL website. This short survey focuses the our electronic resources (E-Resources). The Library has a large collection of eResources, including eBooks, digital magazines and audiobooks, and streamed movies and TV. The Library also subscribes to LinkedIn Learning (video courses for business, creative and tech skills, Mango Languages/Little PIM (language learning), Novelist (read-alikes and book lists), World Book Online, Ancestry.ca, Gale Health and Wellness Resource Centre, Consumer Reports, and A to Z World Travel).

A significant portion of our budget is allocated to this collection on our Virtual Branch.  This survey will help us better plan our 2022 budget and needs for this collection. 

If you have not yet answered this micro-survey, or any of the previous surveys, they are all open and can be found on our Community Consultation-Surveys page.

The L.E. Shore Branch was closed on Friday, August 20th for a full-day staff meeting, including the second Strategic Plan Staff Consultation. Staff looked at early responses from their Post-It Note Activity and began discussions of how to best provide GLAM services to our community in our two facilities and throughout the community over the next four-years. The staff made recommendations which will be included in the study on what the staff need to best serve the community and to do their job in an exemplary way. Our team looks forward to hearing from our community so our staff can best fill the gaps you identify.

Even though our building was closed, our Virtual Branch is always open!

Community Conversations were intended to happen at Loree Forest Loops Access, but between road works and very busy traffic on the top of the mountain, Mary had to choose a safer spot for Community Conversations. Downtown Clarksburg provided a safe impromptu location. Mary had 2 Community Conversations between 12:00 - 1:30pm with 2 people. 15 more people stopped and had a small chat with Mary and told her that they love the library. Roving Librarian, Mary will be returning to Loree Forest soon, so keep checking the Community Consultation webpage to find out when she'll be there.

Kolapore Trail had a few local and visiting hikers when Roving Librarian, Mary, was there on August 17th for Community Conversations. Between 11:00am - 1:00pm, Mary had 3 short chat conversations with 8 people before their hike. Mary will be back out next week for more Community Conversations. If you'd like to share your ideas for your Blue Mountains Public Library GLAM (Gallery, Library, Archive & Museum) or connect with us, please email BMPLconsultations@TheBlueMountains.ca with your ideas. 

It was a beautiful sunny summer day for Community Conversations with Roving Librarian, Mary. This time Mary visited Downtown Thornbury near Pom Pom Treat Hut. Many people from the community were out enjoying the summer day and stopping by for a treat and a chat. Between 1:00pm-3:00pm, Mary had 6 Community Conversations with 26 people. Mary will be back out in the community for more conversations next week.

Mary was back out in the Community, this time stopping in Heathcote to the Blackbird Pie Company. Between 10:00am-1:00pm Mary met with over 30 people to have 7 Community Conversations. These casual conversations are just what we're looking for when planning our next steps. A huge thank you to Blackbird Pie Company for hosting us, and thank you to all the community members who stopped for a chat! A lucky few were able to walk away with coupons for their Blackbird Pie shopping. If you missed us, Mary will be heading back into the community later this week. Keep your eyes on our Event Calendar and social media for updates. 

Mary hit the beach at Northwinds today from 1:00-5:00pm. She met with over 150 community members and visitors to have around 47 different Community Conversations! She also handed out water bottles to all the beach goers. To all the community members, both local and visiting, thank you for stopping for a chat! Your conversations will help us plan the future of your GLAM.

You guessed it! Our ninth micro-user survey was released today on the BMPL website. This short survey focuses the Community Consultation Methods. This survey will help us better plan our methods and locations of Phase I and Phase II consultation

If you have not yet answered this micro-survey, or any of the previous surveys, they are all open and can be found on our Community Consultation-Surveys page.

The staff of BMPL are participating in the Micro-Survey #8. Like the Roving Librarian consultations where Mary, our Manager of Community Engagement, is out listening to our communities needs, interests and concerns, our staff were asked what the community have expressed to them about these same issues. The staff will have several micro-surveys throughout this Strategic Plan Study.

The staff participated in their first consultation for the Strategic Plan Study today in the All-Staff Meeting. The CEO and Manager of Public Engagement led the staff through a post-it note exercise looking at what is best, what we could improve, and what is missing in our service models for our GLAM parts and two facilities. This is the first exercise for staff. On August 20th  both L.E. Shore and the Craigleith Heritage Depot will be closed so staff can participate in a full day consultation exercise.

BMPL started hitting the road with our newest mini-series "Roving Librarian". Throughout the course of the next few months, our Manager of Community Engagement, Mary, will be out in the community with the goal of having as many community conversations as possible. We want to hear from you as we prepare for the future of your GLAM.

Our seventh micro-user survey was released today on the BMPL website. This short survey focuses the Technology and Alternate Collection needs throughout BMPL's branches. If you're not familiar with our alternate collections and technology loans, or a regular user; completing this survey will help us to build our Library of Things and inform our Strategic Planning around this part of the collection.  

If you have not yet answered the seventh micro-survey, or any of the previous surveys, they are all open and can be found on our Community Consultation-Surveys page.

Our sixth micro-user survey was released today on the BMPL website. This short survey focuses the needs and uses of services at the Craigleith Heritage Depot facility. Whether you are a regular CHD user, a occasional museum guest, or use our outdoor spaces, we need you to respond and let us know what we do well and should do differently. 

If you have not yet answered the sixth micro-survey, or any of the previous surveys, they are all open and can be found on our Community Consultation-Surveys page.

The fifth micro-user survey was released today on the BMPL website. This short survey focuses the types and times of programs requested by our community. You are welcome to respond to this survey more than once, as you may wear multiple hats. For example, if you are answering as a parent of school age child for one, you may wish to go back and answer for adult programming on a second survey submission. 

If you have not yet answered the fourth micro-survey, or any of the previous surveys, they are all open and can be found on our Community Consultation-Surveys page.

The fourth micro-user survey was released today on the BMPL website. This short survey focuses on how you are using our website and what you would like to see on it. In 2022, the BMPL will be upgrading our website and this information will inform us in our RFP and planning and how we can better use our website for promotion and information sharing within the 2022-2026 Strategic Plan. 

If you have not yet answered the fourth survey, or any of the previous surveys, they are all open and can be found on our Community Consultation-Surveys page.

The third micro-user survey was released today on the Library Board and our Governance Process. This short survey focuses on how the Board communicates with our community, how you are receiving information about the governance process, and what areas you believe the Board should focus on in the 2022-2026 Strategic Plan. 

If you have not yet answered the 3rd survey, or any of the previous surveys. They are all open and can be found on our Community Consultation-Surveys page.

The Strategic Plan Process Report was approved at the May 20, 2021 Board Meeting including research model, timelines, and Phases of the Strategic Plan Development. At this meeting the Board also established a working group of Laurey Gilies (Vice Chair), the CEO and the Manager of Community Outreach, tasked with the planning process for achieving community consultation and responsibility to complete the Strategic Plan Study and report back to the Board with a responsive list of Goals and Objectives which can meet the expectations of a 21st century GLAM.

A micro-user survey on the use of the Community Hub facilities during the pandemic, including Virtual Access was released on the Community Consultation-Surveys page. This is the second survey launched, and additional micro-user surveys will continue to be released through the Phase I and much of Phase II of the Strategic Planning Process.

The first micro-user survey was released today. This survey asks questions on BMPL as Community Hub, and how the facilities are used. While you may answer on how this is currently occurring, the focus is on typical use in order for us to look forward to the new normal of post-pandemic which will be part of our Strategic Planning process. 

A series of short 4-5 questions surveys referred to Micro-User Surveys launched tomorrow on the Community Consultation-Surveys page. Every 2 weeks throughout the Strategic Planning Process, a new short survey of a different topic will be released. While these will each be promoted for 2 weeks, they will remain open on the page until the Board closes the consultation. Spread the word and help us by sharing your opinions on how you are using the GLAM, what you would like us to do differently, and what we are doing well and should not change. These responses will inform our more detailed focus groups and the final Strategic Plan 2022-2026.

The Board held a Special Meeting on April 15, 2021 to discuss the planning process. A lengthy discussion occurred including groups to be involved in our community consultation and how best to receive community participation, both of the regular users and those who are not regular GLAM users. Dr. Sabrina Saunders and Vice Chair Laurey Gillies agreed to bring a report back to the Board summarizing what had been completed in the 2018-2022 Strategic Plan successfully, how the process could be improved for the next Strategic Plan Study, as well as a proposed process of how to proceed.

The Board began discussions about the 2022-2026 Strategic Plan at the Board Meeting. A Special Meeting of the Board will be held on April 15th at 2pm. Information on the process for completion the community consultation and the research stages of the planning process will be published on these Community Consultation pages once they are approved.