14 May 2013

Ottawa Public Library Consultation

Launching on May 15 is a month long public consultation through social media on the Ottawa Public Library system's future services.


This comes hard on the heels of an 11% year-over-year drop in circulation, which continued into the first quarter of 2013, a trend Library Board chair Jan Harder found shocking.

Strangely, at this time of change, the OPL Board on Monday decided it could do with less information, supposedly in order to make its deliberations more strategic. OPL management recommended a set of indicators that would be reported twice a year, three months after the end of the period. The Board rejected that long delay that Library management wanted in order to complete the analysis but agreed to the a smaller number of indicators.

The OPL Board will no longer monitor circulation indicators from the various OPL branches, even though at that very meeting that type of report was examined in an attempt to understand the circulation drop.

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