VPL Annual Report - 2016

WELCOME to Vancouver Public Library’s Annual Report 2016 —

Vancouver is a place of rich and complex stories, and the Vancouver Public Library provides unique opportunities to explore the past, present, and future of our shared home. This year, the library has expanded the ways we can connect with our city with the introduction of programs such as Reading Lights, which brings B.C.’s own storybook characters to neighbourhoods around Vancouver. For those looking to discover more about Vancouver’s own story, new digital initiatives such as the This Vancouver online exhibit and the Explore This Vancouver app help to preserve and share the history of our city, while VPL’s partnership with Library and Archives Canada will make it easier for Vancouverites to access their extensive online collections and services. VPL has also set out an exciting vision for the future with the public launch of the Central Library expansion and a new strategic plan, VPL 2020.

GREGOR ROBERTSON Mayor of Vancouver

Each of these projects is helping to shape Vancouver’s story, and together they will create countless new opportunities to explore and engage with our city.

On behalf of the City of Vancouver, I want to extend my deep appreciation to the board, staff, volunteers, and all the patrons who support our Vancouver Public Library system.

You might say it struck a chord with Vancouverites. When musical instrument lending launched at VPL in the summer, the response was immediate – and impressive.

Just hours after we announced the opening of the Sun Life Financial Musical Instrument Lending Library at our Central Library, all of the available instruments had been borrowed or were on hold. That is music to our ears, so to speak. It is fitting that the library brought its own creativity – the idea for instrument lending started in Vancouver and spread across the country – to contribute to the city’s creative community in such a distinctive fashion. VPL’s year was filled with exciting projects and successes, as the library launched initiatives that brought the joy of children’s books to the streets; expanded its digital reach with new ways to discover and explore the city; and garnered international accolades for its low-cost but highly effective work of spreading the word about the Inspiration Lab digital media hub, which earned recognition from the International Federation of Library Associations and the American Library Association. VPL’s new strategic plan, VPL 2020, was developed this year, and we heard thousands of voices as part of our community consultations. You told us that you want us to keep the library you love – a place filled with books and spaces for contemplation. You told us that you want the library to help the city thrive and provide tools to create, opportunities to connect, and ways to be inspired and included as the world around us changes. This annual report not only outlines some of the highlights of 2016, but looks into 2017 and some of the exciting initiatives ahead as the library begins to implement the VPL 2020 plan in earnest. Thank you to our outstanding staff, to our generous donors, and to our committed community supporters for continuing to make the library a vital part of the city and its prosperity.

MARY LYNN BAUM 2016 Board Chair

SANDRA SINGH Chief Librarian

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