AADL Newsletter,
Fall 2014


AADL Newsletter,
Summer 2014

AADL Celebrates 5 Star Ranking in Library Journal Survey of Public Libraries

The Ann Arbor District Library is one of the top libraries in the country, according to a new survey by Library Journal, America’s Star Libraries, published in its February 15 issue. Of the 7,115 libraries evaluated for the report, only 256 (3.5 %) received stars for their achievements. AADL was one of ten of 88 libraries nation-wide in its budget bracket (libraries with an annual budget of $10M – $29.9M) to receive the highest possible overall ranking of 5 stars. In Michigan, 376 libraries qualified for evaluation, with only two receiving stars - AADL with its 5-star ranking, and Canton Public Library which earned 3 stars in its budget bracket.

The survey was based on data reported to the Institute of Museum and Library Services for fiscal year 2005-2006 and since this data was collected, AADL’s service statistics have continued to rise. Traditionally, many public library decision-makers have focused on circulation alone as the performance indicator for a successful library. Today, the full range of services now includes electronic access, facilities use, and programming.

The inaugural LJ Index of Public Library Service, sponsored by Baker & Taylor's Bibliostat, is based on 2005-2006 data for:

• circulation transactions per capita, including checkouts and renewals;
• visits to library buildings per capita;
• computer sessions per capita;
• program attendance per capita,

as reported by local libraries to their state library agencies and compiled by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Top libraries are organized into star tiers, much like the Michelin guide, for example, with five, four, or three stars. Libraries are scored in relation to other peer libraries based on total operating expenditures rather than on community population.

These numbers and this ranking reflect YOUR use of YOUR public library. Enjoy!

AADL STATISTICS AND INCREASES
Based on the data reported to IMLS in fiscal year 2005-2006, AADL, with a service population of 155,000 had:

• 34.3 circulation transactions per capita
• 9.1 visits to library buildings per capita
• 1.6 computer sessions per capita
• 0.3 program attendees per capita

Since 2005-2006, growth has continued at AADL:

• Annual circulation transactions have increased 57% to 8,173,534
• Visits to library buildings rose 16.5 % to 1,642,078
• Computer sessions increased 6% to 259,338
• Event attendance increased 14% to 52,891

With an equally expanded projected service population of 165,000 AADL now boasts:

• 49.5 circulation transactions per capita
• 10 visits to library buildings per capita
• 1.6 computer sessions per capita
• .3 program attendees per capita

For more information about Library Journal’s 'America’s Star Libraries', visit the index at libraryjournal.com.

Josie

Washtenaw Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled @ AADL

Today, February 2, the Washtenaw Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled @ AADL opens across the library system. As a designated sub regional library of the National Library Service, AADL will serve all residents of Washtenaw County who are unable to read standard print either due to blindness or physical disability. Approximately, 500 persons are currently registered, but we believe that thousands are eligible, and we are hoping to see this service expand.

NLS is administered through a national network of cooperating libraries with the mission “that all may read”. The service provides a free library program of Braille and audio materials to eligible borrowers in the United States through postage free mail. This service was mandated by Congress through the Pratt-Smoot Act of 1931 and remains a service of the Library of Congress.

Please call 734.327.4224 for more information about eligibility, applications, and services.

Josie

Inauguration Day 2009

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The 2009 Presidential Inauguration will take place Tuesday, January 20 in Washington, D.C. All are invited to view the televised live broadcast of the events of the day from 10 am – 5 pm in the 4th Floor Meeting Room of the Downtown Library.

As specified by the 20th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, presidential terms of office begin and end at 12:00 noon on January 20. President-Elect Barack Obama will take the oath of office at 12:00 noon and then give his inaugural address as the 44th President of the United States.

Remember, wireless Internet access is available throughout AADL. Use your laptop while you watch Inauguration Day festivities!

Annual Report Video Now Online

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What are people saying about AADL?

Watch the 2007-2008 annual report video now available online. See for yourself!

Holiday Hours

All Locations of the Ann Arbor District Library will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday, December 24 & 25. Regular hours will resume on Friday, December 26.

On Wednesday, December 31, all Library locations will close at 6 pm. Locations will also be closed on Thursday, January 1. Regular hours will resume on Friday, January 2.

Library Board Votes To Suspend Downtown Library Project

This morning the Board of the Ann Arbor District Library voted unanimously to suspend work on the project to renovate, or tear down and rebuild, the Downtown Library at 5th and Division.

The Library's 2004-2010 Strategic Plan called for this project, but with more bad economic news expected for Michigan, Board members agreed that continuing this project now would be inappropriate. The AADL will instead focus its attention on maintaining the Downtown Library.

We will embark on the maintenance, repairs, and renovations necessary to continue to provide outstanding library service to our community at our Downtown location, as well as from our four branch locations.

Huge idle equipment and furniture sale

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Come to the Downtown Library on Sunday, November 9, 2008, from noon - 6 p.m. for this huge sale. We've got tons (literally) of idle equipment and furniture we'd like to move from our basement to yours. Some of it is obsolete, some is surplus, and some has been salvaged from various library projects. Among the items for sale are chairs, tables, lots of steel bookshelves, computers, networking equipment, cubicle and office system walls and desks and much more. Everything is cash and carry and sold as-is at very low prices.

AADL Wins Award....Thank you!

The Ann Arbor District Library has received a 2008 Voice of the People Award presented by the International City/County Management Association at its annual national conference on Sept. 21 in Richmond, Va. and we want to say, "Thank you!".

The award is a result of positive responses received from more than 1,000 City of Ann Arbor residents who shared their opinions of local services and amenities when the city conducted the National Research Center Inc. National Citizens Survey™ in 2007. Ninety percent of residents polled rated their quality of life as “excellent” or “good.” Furthermore, Ann Arbor residents rated their District Library more favorably compared to how residents of other jurisdictions rated their own public library services in the 2007 survey.

To win the Voice of the People Award, the rating for service quality must be one of the top three among all jurisdictions who surveyed their residents in 2007. Honorees must reside in the top 10 percent overall among the over 500 jurisdictions in the National Research Center database of citizen surveys. For more information on The National Research Center Inc., visit http://www.n-r-c.com/services/nationalcitizensurvey.html.

From the 1866 founding of the Ladies' Library Association to the 2008 opening of the new Traverwood Branch, the Ann Arbor District Library has continuously provided library collections, services and programs to the Ann Arbor community located within the boundaries of the Ann Arbor Public School District. The existence of the Ann Arbor District Library assures public ownership of print collections, digital resources, and gathering spaces for the citizens of the library district. We are committed to sustaining the value of public library services for the greater Ann Arbor community through the use of traditional and innovative technologies.

Thank you to the citizens of the Library's district who live within the City of Ann Arbor who took the time to take this survey!

Josie

Delivery Update

The AADL delivery truck experienced mechanical problems Friday morning and is being repaired. Evening deliveries were made with a temporary truck. Due to safety and access concerns, the materials loaded on AADL's truck may be unavailable until the truck is repaired. AADL staff would be happy to check the shelves for items that are listed as 'available' in the catalog before you arrive in person to pick them up. We regret any inconvenience this may cause you and appreciate your patience in this matter.

Update: the truck has been repaired and the materials that were on the truck have reached their destinations.

Downtown Library Project Update

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On Monday evening, September 15, 2008, after months of work that included three public information sessions, focus groups with the public and the staff and several public meetings, the Library Board made the important decision to replace the current Downtown Library with a new building in the same location at South Fifth Avenue and William Street. The new building will be 47% larger at 160,000 square feet and four stories. Current services will be enhanced and spaces for youth, teens, exhibits, meetings, study, and reading will be larger. The building will include a 400 seat auditorium; a Reading Room that will be designated as a quiet area for reading and study; a children's area three times larger than the current area; expanded space for collections including audiovisual formats; adaptive technology labs for adults and children as part of our new mission to serve the blind and physically disabled; and the flexibility in the future to accommodate new formats and services without expensive remodeling. We will continue our commitment to build responsibly using sustainable technologies and the new downtown library will be barrier free and accessible to everyone.

In the current building much of the essential infrastructure, including electrical, plumbing, heating and cooling, is original to the 1958 building and it is failing. Credit should be given to the effort that was made over the 50 year life cycle of the Downtown Library to those who maintained and serviced the building. Things wear out, and when they do, they need to be replaced. The scope of this project enables the use of modern, efficient building systems that will result in a more sustainable library.

The 1990 addition was completed prior to the adoption of the American with Disabilities Act. Again, credit should be given to the efforts of staff and administrators over the past 17 years for their efforts in making what changes they could to the building to accommodate those in the community with disabilities. However, in our community a public building should be accessible to everyone without barriers. The library Board is committed to building such a building.

The library Board has not determined what funding mechanisms will be used to pay for the building, but it will likely be a combination of a bond, a capital millage, and fundraising. The current cost estimate for the new building is $71 million. More schematic design work is scheduled through December and the program of services and functions is still being reviewed. Library Board meeting dates, minutes, and agendas are posted at aadl.org. Please join us as we work to assure library services in a building that will serve our community to 2050 and beyond.

The Ann Arbor community is proud of its Downtown Library and the short history below will illustrate how decisions to make room for expanding collections and needed services have been made time and again with enthusiasm and generosity by the taxpayers. It is our hope that this enthusiasm and generosity will support a new Downtown Library to open in Ann Arbor in 2011.

josie@aadl.org

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