Making our Community Safe, Clean, and Healthy

One of your Library’s new strategic objectives is to foster a safe, clean, and healthy community.  You may be wondering how a Library can do this, so here are a few ideas. As community hubs, your four library locations bring positive activity to their neighbourhoods.  Many people walk, bike, or bus to the Waverley, Brodie,... Continue Reading →

Library as Place

The Ontario Library Association organizes an Annual Institute on the Library as Place. The purpose of this event is to provide a learning opportunity for the library, municipal, design and architect sectors to learn more about physical space and to become better equipped to plan and respond quickly to capitalize on opportunities for development for... Continue Reading →

An Indigenous Partnership: A Shared Community Hub

Decolonization is a necessary process for creating community led and needs based public libraries. Partnerships with Indigenous organizations are a step towards decolonization. Partnerships transform strategies, structures and systems and challenge the organizational culture. At Thunder Bay Public Library (TBPL) decolonization is an outcome of our Reconciliation and Relationship Building Strategy and Action Plan. This... Continue Reading →

Blue Ocean Shift

Thunder Bay Public Library (TBPL) is going through a Blue Ocean Shift (W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne, 2017) to move out of the red ocean of competition and create a new blue ocean of uncontested market growth. The stand alone public library is dead. Long live the Community Hub. Partnership working is the way... Continue Reading →

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