Comments on: AADL Board: What’s Your Library Vision? it's like being there Tue, 16 Sep 2014 04:56:38 +0000 hourly 1 By: David Cahill David Cahill Sat, 16 Jun 2012 21:07:52 +0000 I was on the Library Board from 2000 – 2008. The buzz during that time was that the Internet would make libraries obsolete. Quite the opposite happened: At the same time we were adding more computers and digital media, visits to the Downtown Library (and the branches), plus circulation, increased dramatically.

One of my concerns about either remodeling or totally rebuilding the Downtown Library is that patrons will be hugely inconvenienced for years while the construction is going on. How should this inconvenience be weighed against the benefits of a new building?

By: Lyn Davidge Lyn Davidge Sat, 16 Jun 2012 16:42:40 +0000 I would encourage all of you, and everyone else reading this, to make your feelings known to the Library Board and Administration. You can do this by: attending the final forum on June 20; reading the update information on the forums on the first page of and adding your comments to that item; speaking during Citizens’ Comments at the next Board meeting on this coming Monday, June 18 (you will be asked to wait until those who reserved a speaking spot for that meeting are finished); signing up to speak during Citizen Comments at the July 16 Board meeting; sending comments, questions or concerns to; contacting Board members individually; and checking for other contact info. I may be missing. And, please, encourage your friends, neighbors, family who care about the Library to join you in making constituent opinion known.

As both a former employee of AADL and a former candidate for Board, I have great concern that many decisions are made without adequate input from the public. I believe that the Board and Administration may rely far too heavily on the “contact us” comment forms on the website which I believe (with no data to back this up, admittedly) that relatively few people use. So they assume all is well based on other measures such as program evalusations, usage and circ. stats., awards received, etc. Unfortunately, we have no way of knowing how many Library decision-makers regularly read or heed the “Chronicle” or postings on AAdotcom, so it is important to be sure they hear from all concerned through their established channels.

By: ScaracthingmyHead ScaracthingmyHead Sat, 16 Jun 2012 11:46:46 +0000 Given the trend toward digital communications, ebooks, ipad, etc, which is likely to continue as the electronic age advances, the use of libraries will decrease in the future. Ten years from now we are likely to have a facility that is underutilized and we will then be engaged in another discussion about usage. Right now, as a voter and taxpayer, I’m not convinced that a newly constructed library is a good investment. I too detect that the board has already made up its mind and is trying to build the discussion around their decision.

By: John Floyd John Floyd Sat, 16 Jun 2012 06:21:42 +0000 Thanks, Jim.

By: Jim Rees Jim Rees Sat, 16 Jun 2012 00:52:02 +0000 Re: “I’d like to hear why wireless technology is not a viable alternative to laying new cables.”

I have no inside knowledge about the situation at the Library but I suspect the issue is more power than network. And wireless network would not be a good solution for the Library due to radio spectrum limits. Wired networks can have up to 1000 Mbps going to each endpoint. A wireless network has somewhere around 50-500 Mbps that must be shared among all the endpoints, including those brought in by patrons. It doesn’t scale up to the dozens of computers in use at the Library.

However, for the roughly $350 per square foot difference between renovation and rebuilding, you can do an awful lot of concrete boring and conduit pulling.

By: John Floyd John Floyd Fri, 15 Jun 2012 02:07:55 +0000 If a new downtown library is built, put it on top of the underground garage, and use the library’s current corner site for the Commons now proposed to go over the underground lot.

Expanding into the current employee lot seems like a reasonable alternative to a tear-down.

I’d like to hear why wireless technology is not a viable alternative to laying new cables.

What about a new building in the current location would lessen conflicts with the homeless citizens who use the library now? Would Those People not be allowed in a new building?

What would it cost to put in double-paned windows?

Many unanswered questions.

By: Mary Mary Thu, 14 Jun 2012 23:29:08 +0000 Money spent on new branches we didn’t vote on: $25 million.

# of quiet reading rooms in those branches: 0.

Money they’re politely asking for only because they can’t squeeze it out of us without asking: $65 million.

# of quiet reading rooms after they’re done: 0, unless part of the $65 million goes to training their workers how to tell people to be quiet.

I will be voting NO until an administration shows up that cares as much about what is going on in the libraries as they do about building them.

By: Alan Goldsmith Alan Goldsmith Thu, 14 Jun 2012 19:32:50 +0000 My point was the cost issue was raised with the Scio Township question and money was brought up as a reason it hasn’t happened–not that is didn’t fit neatly on a map for the district. It’s just amusing to use cost as a defense for one issue ( not building a spot in Scio) and not for others (building a new structure). And I received one of the survey phone calls that seemed to have questions slanted to pull the kind of response the sponsor (in this case the Library) wanted. I think more money should go into events and internet tools and services for the district, the old building should be expanded and renovated as opposed to bulldozing and failing to reuse the current building and that a 21st Century library doesn’t mean a brand new shiny downtown building, but more services that embrace remote technology. I’m not hearing it in this public forum.

By: abc abc Thu, 14 Jun 2012 14:10:02 +0000 Mr. Goldsmith

Have you looked at a map with the library branches on it? I suggest you do. All four branches are located about 2 to 3 miles from the main library and spread evenly throughout the city. The only township with a branch physically in it is Pittsfield; and that building is just feet over the line. All of the other branches are inside the ‘beltway’.

That said, I think that there is no explaining necessary. I think we all need to focus less on borders. When we are all working together to build something of quality, in this case a library system for the 21st century, we should concentrate on that. Its specious to change the subject to which side of a line a building is built on.

By: Alan Goldsmith Alan Goldsmith Thu, 14 Jun 2012 13:46:31 +0000 “Scio Township ($1,252,179)”?

So Scio kicks in over a million, but had to do with no new branch library because LAND is too expensive to build one? This one needs to be explained in light of enough funds for a multi-million dollar replacement building.