The new aadl.org: week 2!

Thanks to all our patrons for such great feedback about the new catalog since its launch last week. We still have some things missing that we're working on, but a lot of changes have been made and fixes implemented based on your input, so please keep it coming. Here's what we're working on this week:

  • Personal Card Catalog will be back with all your saved cards intact
  • Adding sort by item type to the Checkout History screen
  • Adding reviews and summaries back onto item record pages
  • Fix for various Internet Explorer display issues including hidden copy lists
  • Better support for special characters in the search

...plus whatever you uncover. As a bonus, if you use Firefox or Internet Explorer 7 or 8, you might try out this new aadl search plugin, thanks to one of our patrons!

Thanks again for all your continued patience and feedback as we've made this significant transition. If you're looking for last week's catalog thread, you can find it under About Us :: Library News.

Welcome to a new aadl.org!

Today we're pleased to release a completely rebuilt catalog on an upgraded website. The new catalog offers significantly improved performance and usability as well as numerous small enhancements throughout the site. That said, there are sure to be glitches, temporarily missing features, or tweaks yet to come, so please take a look around and let us know what you find and what you think, either by commenting on this post, or by contacting us. Thanks for your patience, and thanks for using the library!

Update: some older web browsers may have trouble using the menu bar buttons. We're working on this; for now, you should be able to go straight to http://aadl.org/myaccount or http://aadl.org/catalog. Thanks for your patience!

Catalog and My Account down for Upgrades Tuesday Morning

Due to a system upgrade, the aadl.org Catalog and My Account pages will be unavailable Tuesday morning 8/18 starting at 7 AM. The rest of aadl.org will still be available. It is planned that the system will be back up before 9 AM. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions. Watch this space for updates, and thanks for your patience!

Traverwood Branch holds pickupTraverwood Branch holds pickup

Because of the Traverwood Branch's unanticipated closure on Sunday and Monday, August 9 and 10, holds that would have been ready for pickup through those two days will now be held through Thursday, August 13. Please check with desk staff if you have problems finding or checking out these items.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Adventures in Movement Moved to Downtown Library

Due to the unexpected maintenance situation at the Traverwood Branch, the Mon., Aug. 10 youth program 'Adventures in Movement' will be relocated to the Downtown Library. The event will be held 2-3 PM, and is for Grades K-3.

aadl.org Catalog and My Account Downtime Tonight

June 30 marks the end of AADL's fiscal year, and our catalog system needs to be taken offline to run and finalize our annual statistics. The catalog and my account pages will be unavailable starting at 9 PM tonight, Tuesday June 30, and will be back up before 9 AM on Wednesday, July 1. Thanks for your patience, and we apologize for the inconvenience!

Library Closed On Memorial Day

All locations of the Ann Arbor District Library will be closed on Memorial Day, Monday May 25.

Regular Library hours will resume on Tuesday, May 26.

More about the new air handlers

Air handler at bottom of the pit: These workers are at the bottom of the pit as a crane lowers a new air handler to basement level. The photographer is inside the basement. Photo by Ken Raynor.Air handler at bottom of the pit: These workers are at the bottom of the pit as a crane lowers a new air handler to basement level. The photographer is inside the basement. Photo by Ken Raynor.

Delivery of the library's new air handlers raised passing interest and even mild titillation among the characteristically blase citizens of this teeming sub-metropolis. For the first time in half a century, patrons on the west side of the downtown branch quaffed un-handled air. Ken Raynor snapped a series of photographs to record the event for posterity.

Teen Volunteers Needed at AADL

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AADL needs teen volunteers to help sign up summer reading participants June 12-26. Interested? You need to:

-be in grades 6-12 in the fall,
-attend training Friday, June 12, 2:00-3:00 p.m.,
-work both weeks (June 12-June 26).

Stop by the branch (West, Malletts Creek, Pittsfield, or Traverwood) at which you are interested in helping. Go to the reference desk, sign up, and take forms to complete. Return completed forms by Friday, June 5.

Traverwood Branch Reopened

The Traverwood Branch is again open today, Sunday 4/26, after a brief power outage. Thanks for your patience!

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