Infrastructure. Boston Public Library. How to get more information.
dsaklad at gnu.org
Thu Jun 21 20:04:54 EDT 2001
Here's a BPL press release from City of Boston.
It would be very interesting to have a back stage so to
speak behind the scenes tour of Boston Public Library
available via the net.
What happens that people don't usually see that
culminates in the BPL services we do see?...
Ask your cities' public libraries for more information
about infrastructure, more documentation, more diagrams,
BPL - Communications Office -- Current Press Releases
Boston Public Library
News and Events
Mayor Menino Launches BPL's New Web Site
June 21, 2001
More Than $1 Million Worth of Information is
Mayor Thomas M. Menino and students from the
Dearborn Middle School today launched the Boston
Public Library's new 900-page website including
more than $1 million worth of databases, much of
which are not available anywhere else.
To show off the valuable information, the Mayor led
the students on an online treasure hunt of the
"There are lots of treasures on this site and its
new structure will help all of the library's
customers move through the site easier and find
answers to their questions quicker,"
said Mayor Menino.
"Books are just the beginning at the Boston Public
Library, and this site is a great example of the
vast resources that are `free to all.'"
"The new website is full of information and hundreds
of images of people, programs and events at the
Boston Public Library,"
said Jon Sachs, Founder and President of
CenterMedia [ http://centermedia.com ] the
Boston-based web firm that designed
the BPL's new site.
"Our goal was to take more than 900 pages worth of
information and turn it into an exciting,
accessible, attractive, easy-to-navigate site.
If you go to
you'll see that we have done just that!"
"At Mayor Menino's direction, we have more than
doubled the number of computers available for the
public to use at our 27 branch libraries across the
City of Boston,"
said BPL President Bernard A. Margolis.
"If you want to access our new site but don't have a
computer, come into any branch and get
If you don't know how to log on, we offer free
Internet classes to get people up to speed."
The Boston Public Library launched its first website
in March of 1995 at the technology edge of public
libraries on the World Wide Web.
The redesign project began in September, 2000 with
a contract award of $60,000 to CenterMedia.
CenterMedia worked closely with a team of BPL staff
members to improve customer access to information
and to enhance the look and customer-friendliness
of the site.
By the time the site was ready for launch,
CenterMedia had completed more than double the
amount of work originally outlined at no additional
"We are grateful to CenterMedia not only for
designing a site full of colorful navigation bars,
dramatic photos and very useful maps, but also for
its generosity by donating more than half of the
project costs to the library," said Mayor Menino.
With style and clarity, http://www.bpl.org invites
customers to reserve the hottest bestseller and
have it delivered to their neighborhood branch,
practice for MCAS tests with sample questions,
locate annual reports from hundreds of corporations
and government agencies,
trace their genealogy, and
find their way around using
maps of the central library as well as the
The Dearborn Middle School 6th grade students who
successfully found their way around the site during
the treasure hunt were awarded prizes by
Mayor Menino at the launch event.
Tweeter Home Entertainment Group
generously contributed the prizes.
CenterMedia is a Boston web development firm
offering custom Internet solutions.
CenterMedia has been in business for 25 years,
coming from a background in corporate presentation
The Boston Public Library, established in 1848, was
the first public library in America, and
the first library to allow people to borrow books and
a truly revolutionary concept at the time.
In 1870, the BPL opened the East Boston branch, the
first branch library in the country.
In 1895, it opened a children's room, making it the
first library in the country to establish a space
specifically designed for children.
Today, the BPL has more than 6 million books and
serves more than 2 million people annually in its
central library in Copley Square and in its
27 branch libraries around the city.
The BPL is also one of only two public libraries in
the country that are members of the
Association of Research Libraries.
All of its events are free and open to the
At the Boston Public Library
books are just the beginning!
Prepared by the Boston Public Library's
For more information about news, programs and
events at the BPL, call
617.859.2212 or send a message to
P. A. d'Arbeloff, Communications Officer
padarbeloff (at sign) bpl.org
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