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

Malletts Creek to Close June 4-10

The Malletts Creek Branch will be closed from Monday, June 4th through Sunday, June 10th for repair work to interior floors. Outside drop boxes will be available for the return of materials although the processing of returned materials may be delayed while the branch is closed. We appreciate your patience if it takes a little longer for materials to be removed from your account. Any fines caused by this delay will, of course, be waived.

Holds that have not been picked up at Malletts Creek by 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 3rd, will be moved to the Pittsfield Branch and will be available for pick up at Pittsfield Branch on Monday morning. Please contact us or call 327-4219 if another location would be more convenient for your “Ready for pickup” holds. Holds not picked up from the Pittsfield Branch will be returned to Malletts Creek when it re-opens and held through Wednesday, June 13th.

Thank you for your understanding; we apologize for this necessary disruption in service at Malletts Creek.

Downtown Library Space Needs and Facility Study is Underway

The Ann Arbor District Library Board has awarded a contract to Providence Associates, LLC for a space needs and facility study of the Downtown Library located at 343 S. Fifth Avenue. The work began March 1 and has included 11 focus group sessions with the public and staff.

A final focus group session is scheduled for Sunday, April 22, from 2:00-3:30 PM in the Multi-Purpose Room in the Downtown Library. The public is invited and encouraged to attend this event. The opportunity to tell us what works for you and what could be better at our Downtown location is the culminating event of National Library Week. Come celebrate the existence and future of public libraries with us on Sunday, April 22, at 2:00 PM.

This facility study will be completed by June 1, 2007, and is the beginning of what is likely to be a year long process to determine the future size, scope of services, and location of the Downtown Library.

AADL Launches a Branch Library at MySpace.com

It did not cost in the millions, has no staff, and is not reachable by car, bus, bike, or sidewalk, but it is our newest branch and it opened today!

Need more friends? Join us on our *friendly* mission to connect with youth, teens and young adults alike. AADL is pleased to introduce our new AADL MySpace page. View pics and videos, post blogs, check out events, search the catalog for books, DVDs and CDs, send us a message, but most importantly, add us to your Friends list!

West branch is now open

The Westgate Branch was closed due to a sewer line backup. We are now open for business as of Monday afternoon. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Items on Hold will be extended, so that you are not further inconvenienced.

Thank you for your patience.

Josie Parker
Director

Library Issues RFP for Downtown Library Space Needs/Facility Study

The Ann Arbor District Library is soliciting proposals from interested and qualified consultants for a space needs and facility feasibility study of the Downtown (Central) Library located at 343 S. Fifth Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48104.

The AADL Board adopted a strategic plan in 2004 that includes a facilities goal to replace or renovate the Downtown Library. This RFP is the beginning of what is likely to be a year long process to determine the future size, scope of services, and location of the Downtown Library.

The Library anticipates award of this consulting contract within 30 days of the bid deadline of January 22, 2007. The consultant should be prepared to initiate work by March 1, 2007 with an expected completion date of no later than June 1, 2007.

Interested parties should contact Lisa Pollock at pollockl@aadl.org or call 734.327.8311 to receive a copy of the RFP document.

Groundbreaking for New Branch Library Monday, December 18 at 4:00 PM

Please join us on Monday, December 18, at 4:00 PM at the site of the new branch at Traverwood and Huron Parkway for a groundbreaking ceremony. This branch will replace the current Northeast Branch located in Plymouth Mall. We anticipate opening the new library in early Summer, 2008. This Library was designed by VanTine|Guthrie Studio in Northville, MI and will be constructed by ONeal Construction of Ann Arbor.

Located .5 mile west of the current library branch, the new 16,000 square foot facility will include a quiet reading room, meeting room, larger children's space with more computers designated for children, a casual study area with vending, computer lab, and is being built sustainably. The success we've enjoyed with the lighting quality and general comfort of Malletts Creek and Pittsfield will be present in this new building. The collection will be larger and will feature traditional and emerging formats.

A unique feature of this northeast area library will be the utilization of ash trees harvested directly from the site. The wood will be used as structural elements, as well as, in the flooring, walls, and in some areas of the ceiling.

We will also enjoy more parking at this location than at either of the other branches. 89 total spaces will be available on the street, under the building, and in an open lot to the south.

Please come and participate in this important milestone in the history of AADL.

Pittsfield Branch Closed for the Day

Pittsfield Branch has closed early, 4:00 PM, on Saturday, December 9. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Westgate Branch Open

The Westgate Branch reopens, today, Saturday, December 9 at 9:00 AM. Thank you for your patience. We are pleased with the result of the recarpeting project. This time also allowed us to install computers and relocate shelving so that we will be able to offer our patrons two new services: self pickup of Hold items and self-check out.

Enjoy!

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