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What We Heard: your priorities for libraries

We heard a lot! Over 5,200 people provided input and ideas that are helping to shape the future of our library system. Thank you!

infographic_thumb_longTo see a high-level summary of what we heard from the community, take a minute to read through our “What We Heard” infographic, which provides a graphic visualization of our feedback results. A printable version of the infographic is also available.

The questions we asked fell into four key themes: Collections for All Ages, Space & Service Delivery, Programs for all Ages, and Social & Community Role of the Library.

We asked you to tell us which collections are priorities for funding allocation, and the print book collection is by far the most important collection. Not surprisingly, though books are still number one, eBooks, movies, music and online information are also important collections you want us to continue to support. This information will help shape our collection development goals moving forward and ensure that the library remains a place of literacy and lifelong learning.

We asked you to tell us about our physical spaces and the services we deliver. You told us you wanted increased hours of operation including longer daily hours and libraries that are open additional days of the week. Within our libraries you value the services provided by expert staff, the changes we are making to our online catalogue, the leisure and study space, the quiet spaces and areas of reflection, outdoor space, and collaborative learning spaces that make our libraries vital hubs of community connections.

When asked about Programs for All Ages you told us we should focus first on children and families as building blocks of a strong community. However, almost as important was the need for continued lifelong learning for adults and seniors; and as technology continues to change, you want us to continue to offer more workshops on the use of computers and other technologies so that our libraries remain a centre of information access.
Finally, we asked you to tell us what the library should focus on for community and social priorities. You told us that creating welcoming and accessible environments for lifelong learning and early literacy was a high priority.

Using this feedback, we are now working on our new Strategic Plan’s goals and priorities. We’ll share that work with you in the new year.

Rick Walker,
Manager of Library Services

What We Heard: Infographic

Top Library priorities as identified by Winnipeggers (infographic):


 Download a printable version of this infographic:

Download a printable version of this infographic

Inspiring Ideas Survey Contest Winner

Denis Bessette filled in our Inspiring Ideas survey and is our lucky winner of an iPad mini.

ipadminiwinnerCongratulations, Denis!

We’ve reached our goal – thanks to you!

Good news! The Library has received over 5,000 surveys from the public with many great ideas to help shape the future of Winnipeg Public Library. This is a significant accomplishment and remarkable level of community input. We could not have done it without the help of our staff, our ambassadors and you, our public supporters.

While the survey phase of this process is now closed, the consultants are working hard to analyze all the comments and ideas we received. Later this fall we will get back to you with our initial plans and recommendations to ensure we are heading in the right direction.

Thank you!

Rick Walker
Manager, Library Services

My Ideal Library…

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…Another Gallery of Suggestions You’ve Shared With Us

Everyone has a unique take on what features and services a library should offer… here are some more of the inspiring ideas that people have shared with us about libraries!

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Big Survey and opinions drive at River Heights

riverheightsToday we have an Inspiring Ideas table set up in front of the  entrance to the River Heights Library. In two hours, staff have collected 27 paper surveys, administered 6 online surveys on a tablet, handed out 10 bookmarks to people who were interested in doing it online at home and handed out an additional 77 paper surveys for people to take home with them and bring back. Our customers very generous with their time - thanks for all your ideas!

In the Heart of the North End

NAD Selkirk Ave June2014Our ambassadors were busy once again this past weekend and among our stops were back-to-back events in the North End.  On June 21st we spent the afternoon at National Aboriginal Day celebrations on Selkirk Avenue.  The Avenue was closed between Salter and Andrews (a first for this event) and did the community ever turn out!  We were lucky to have a great spot to set up (book-making, activity sheets, Giant Connect Four, BIG books and more!) right under the Bell Tower at Powers.  One of our Check It Out! mobile library service sites is right across the street at the Indigenous Family Centre (470 Selkirk Avenue).  We were happy to chat with some of our “regulars” and introduce lots of new families and community members to the service.  We heard suggestions about our collections and the hours of the library branches nearby.  We were especially happy to see the interest and increased awareness of our Aboriginal languages materials.

Neechi Common-2 June2014The next day we did it all again but this time in the beautiful Neechi Commons space at Main at Euclid.  Sundays are brunch time in the building’s restaurant and so we were treated to some delicious smells as we heard from customers about how they’re borrowing from our eBooks collections and which of our children’s programs they’ve tried out in the past.  We were also offering on-the-spot Library card sigh-up and it was a great chance to remind folks of the Check It Out! mobile service site at Norquay Community Centre (65 Granville Street).  The best part?  Children and their parents grabbing some of our story books and crawling into the beautiful tipi that Neechi Commons has set up on their second floor. A great weekend!

Thank you to everyone who stopped to talk.

Pembina Trail Library Ideas Fair

Another great evening was spent at Pembina Trail Library last Tuesday.  The last of our four Inspiring Ideas – Ideas Fair events was attended by many interested members of the community, and even some from outside the city!  Participants placed ‘tokens’ in containers to make decisions about how to allocate funds for collections and “books” was the first choice, next to our collection of DVDs and Blu-ray dics. And some were eager to tell us about their recent experiences with  Zinio eMagazines and Hoopla (music, movies, and audiobooks).   When selecting favorite pictures of libraries and spaces – the highest ranked picture was one with a children’s literacy playground – similar to one recently installed at Fort Garry Library. The information from these and the other activities will be used to help us develop our Strategic Plan for the future of Winnipeg Public Library.

If you have not yet filled out a survey which is available in English, French and in an accessible format, please do so.  You could win a iPad Mini just for completing it! And watch out for those blue Inspiring Ideas t-shirts at libraries and at many locations and local events in the next couple of weeks.  You may be asked to complete the survey by one of our roving Library Ambassadors. Please participate in our survey – we value your suggestions for your libraries!

Les sondages sont maintenant disponibles en ligne en français

Nous sommes heureux de pouvoir enfin vous offrir l’option de remplir le sondage en ligne en français.

Jusqu’à présent nous avons reçu plusieurs suggestions telles que la création de cercles de conversation en français et une plus grande sélection de livres numériques français.

Faites part de vos idées, exprimez-vous et courez la chance de gagner un iPad mini!

Vous avez jusqu’au 15 juillet alors ne manquez pas votre coup!

Millennium Library Customers Get Inspired!

MillenniumIdeasFair2On June 11, the Millennium Library hosted the third of four Idea Fairs for the public where we were seeking “inspiring ideas” to help us improve library service today and into the future.

The library set up four interactive stations throughout the first and second floor of the Millennium Library, easily spotted by the helium balloons hovering nearby.

Throughout the night, library customers could be seen participating in various activities. Staff were actively engaged with our library customers explaining how the activities worked, listening to their ideas, and connecting with users on what the library has to offer.

It proved a very successful way of engaging with the public and gathered invaluable input into the Library’s Strategic Plan.

MillenniumIdeasFair1There were also two Library Ambassadors wandering the building throughout the night encouraging members of the public to fill out our survey, or take a bookmark and fill one out later.  20 online surveys and 10 print surveys were  completed. By the end of the night over 66 people had completed passports and entered the on-site draw for a gift basket and tickets to the opening night of War Horse starting June 18th.

Lots of interesting comments and suggestions  came in throughout the night and a number of people who came back to the Registration Desk to drop off their passports said they had enjoyed participating and were eager to win one of the prizes! Children who participate at the children’s station were eligible to enter to win a children’s prize package and books.

Would you would still like to participate in one of our Library Idea Fairs? There is still one more to come! Our final Ideas Fair will be at the Pembina Trail Library, 2724 Pembina Hwy, Tuesday June 17, 2014 from 5-8 p.m. If you don’t have the time to attend, please fill out the online survey. You could win a iPad Mini just for completing it!