Ann Arbor Cooks

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AADL is proud to present Ann Arbor Cooks, a new online database of local historical cookbooks and heirloom recipes, created in partnership with the Washtenaw County Historical Society, the Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor and Ann Arbor Hadassah. The Washtenaw County Historical Society provided the core collection of cookbooks from their archives at the Museum on Main Street and will play a continuing role in enhancing the online collection with more items from their archives. Ann Arbor Cooks also presents a complete set of digital copies of Repast, a publication of the Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor. So dig in! You can search or browse the entire collection of recipies; read the cookbooks cover to cover; or send us recipes of your own.

Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Reads 2008 To Focus On China

The Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area has a five-year history of successful community reads programs which encourage all of Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti to read one book. University, Library, bookstore and community representatives from both Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti have been planning Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2008 for several months.

In 2008, the program will encourage readers of all ages to explore the theme China and America: Bridging Two Worlds. A screening committee, which met throughout the summer, chose three titles for this year’s consideration:

Ha Jin, The Bridegroom: Stories. New York: Pantheon Books, 2000.

William Poy Lee, The Eighth Promise: An American Son's Tribute to His Toisanese Mother. Emmaus, Pa.: Rodale, c2007.

Anchee Min, Red Azalea. New York: Pantheon Books, 1994.

More information about these titles may be found on the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads website at aareads.org – and there is an opportunity for individuals to blog their comments for each title on that site. In late October, a selection committee will choose one of these titles to be the focus of the Read.

Library Will Be Closed For Labor Day

The Downtown Library and all Library Branches will be closed on Monday, September 3 for Labor Day. Regular Library hours will resume on Tuesday, September 4.

Get Carried Away at AADL

On Monday, August 20, we will begin a transition from plastic bags to unbleached, cotton totes. Unlike the heavy plastic bags, the totes will not be free. They can be purchased for $2.00 at any circulation desk. Plastic AADL bags are seen everywhere. Sometimes they end up in places that are not good for us or for the environment. This new way to carry library material is in keeping with the AADL's emphasis on sustainability.

So, be prepared to get carried away and support the AADL's efforts to lead by example by purchasing a tote that is washable, squashable, and good-looking! The plastic bags will be gone when supplies are depleted or by January 2, 2008, whichever happens first.

Josie

Malletts Creek Branch Now Open

Power has been restored, and Malletts Creek Branch is again open for business until 9 PM Wednesday. Regular hours will resume on Thursday. Thanks for your patience!

West Branch will open at 12:00 P.M. today

Last evening around 9:00 PM someone released a chemical agent inside a restroom at the Westgate Branch and at the nearby Kroger store. The buildings were evacuated and closed. While there are suspects, no one has been apprehended. Several people were transported to UM Hospital, treated and released.

The library has been cleared to open by health department and law enforcement officials, and will be open at Noon today, Thursday, July 26.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Josie

AADL Receives Space Needs and Facility Study for Downtown Library

The Library Board received a space needs and facility study from Providence Associates at its July 23, 2007 Board meeting. The study was commissioned in February of this year in an effort to answer questions related to space needs for library services and programming, and to assess the physical and mechanical integrity of the current facility. The study meets a Facilities objective in the library’s current Strategic Plan that was adopted in 2004 and runs through 2010.

I would like to express my gratitude to the 150 or so persons who gave their time to this study by agreeing to participate in one of 12 focus groups conducted in March, and to those who accepted the public invitation to attend a focus group session in April. This honest appraisal of what works and what doesn’t and what needs to exist that is currently not offered by the Library, combined with real data about the facility, is captured in the study document.

This space needs and facility study form the beginning of a process that the Board will use to determine what steps to take in assuring library service in Downtown Ann Arbor. Options for what can be done at our current location are provided in the study, but these are concepts and are not intended to be viewed as plans. The Library Board will take the study information, expand on it, and continue to work to determine the best next step for the community at large.

Please review the attached documents, and then come back and post your own thoughts and questions about the study findings.

Providence Proposal 2007
Providence Report July 23, 2007

Josie

Celebrate Our History! Opening Reception for the Downtown Library 50th Anniversary Exhibit

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Wednesday July 25, 2007: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room

All are invited to an opening reception for the Downtown Library 50th Anniversary Exhibit. The reception will honor past and current staff, Boards of Directors, Friends of the AADL and the public for their support during the half-century of the Downtown Library's existence. Enjoy light refreshments and the music of classical guitarist Matthew Ardizzone as you view this historical exhibit, on display in the lower level display cases from July 18 - August 30. Celebrate our history!

Using archival photographs, Library memorabilia and historical text, this exhibit, created by AADL staff, highlights the changes the Downtown Library has undergone during its half-century history. Milestones are displayed decade by decade in this special exhibit, from the construction of the Downtown location, through two major building renovations, the introduction of personal computers and the Internet, to the current branch expansion program.

aadl.org is Two!

On July 5, 2005, we launched a new website. Over the past two years the website has done its job in expected and unexpected ways. Our top priority was to develop a web presence that was organized, dynamic, and accessible. Judging by the numbers, and the feedback from our users, we did just that. Below are a few stats that we are proud to share:

• Out of approximately 46,000 active cardholders, 32,979 are registered aadl.org users
• Growth is steady with an average of 2,000 new users per month
• 10,900 comments on posts made by aadl.org users
• 12,000+ comments received from users and added to our online comment database
• 298 reviews and ratings on items in the catalog since January ‘07
• 2,183 patron contributed tags on items in the catalog since January ‘07
• 6,246 saved catalog cards, and 3,544 comments on catalog cards since December, ‘05

In June 2007, a typical month for us, aadl.org had 162,409 visits from 56,036 unique visitors, during which 3,446,096 webpages were served. In fiscal year 06/07 we served 44,522,045 pages during 1,898,605 visits.

Are we proud? Yes, we are! We are serving most of our cardholders and from most accounts serving them well from aadl.org.

There has been another major benefit to the library in Ann Arbor and to the library profession worldwide, that was unexpected, but one that is a hallmark of great change in how public institutions communicate to their supporters and users. Using Drupal software allows us to blog and provides a dynamic website that is responsive to changes in technology. We took this as an opportunity to make the library and all of its operations and services transparent in ways that no other library in the country had done, and few are doing now. We commonly receive emails from around the world such as this one from a university professor in Berlin, "It may please you to know that the AA Public Library is well known even here in Germany for its innovative work. I have students who mention it regularly in connection with Web 2.0".

We trust our staff, and we know that when we expect the best of people that is usually what we get. Allowing staff to post in an unmoderated fashion has worked well and they produce great content. We have had only one incident of profanity posted on the site by a patron and that was during the first quarter after launch. We post all comments from patrons and our responses directly on the site in a searchable database. 96 staff members have contributed unmoderated posts and content to the site. Our rules are simple. Keep it factual, simple, direct and about library related business.

Aadl.org has been a major success in the library world. We are proud of the awards that AADL has received for the design and functionality of the site. We are proud of the critical acclaim received from our colleagues from around the world about the philosophy of social computing adopted by AADL, but we are most proud of the support from so many AADL cardholders expressed in the astonishingly high use of the site.

Josie

Malletts Creek Branch is Open

Malletts Creek re-opens today, Monday, June 11 regular hours: 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM. Thank you for your patience.

Josie Parker
Director

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