Strategic Initiative III


Develop a multi-year financial process that assures adequate, sustainable funding for the next twenty years

Goal 1: Explore new funding sources

  • Identify grant opportunities and establish connections with community donors for future donation possibilities.
    • Secured a grant from ALA and NEH to act as a focus group for book selection for the NEH Muslim Journeys Project
    • Received a $2,500 grant for the America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway film and discussion program and hosted this series of events.
    • AADL staff was invited to serve as advisors for two nationwide Library NEH grant proposals by the Tribeca Film Institute.
  • Identify partners to sponsor large events.
    • Grew partnership with Ann Arbor Summer Festival, providing access to large local audience, sophisticated venues, and traveling acts for signature AADL events.

Goal 2: Operate the library in a fiscally responsible manner as determined by law so that revenue and expenses are balanced and funding resources are taken advantage of as they become available.

  • Focus efficiency-building on financial resources reclaimed from ongoing cost management.

    • Evaluate scheduling of public service desks, establishing procedures that minimize costs without negative impact on patrons.
    • Selected and implemented scheduling software which provides better usability and accuracy, resulting in less time spent scheduling and more reliable staffing of desks and events.
    • Migrated to hosted voice over IP phone system for substantial savings and new features.
  • Network with other large library systems to capitalize upon industry successes.
    • Participated in 2nd year of the IMLS grant through King County Library, enabling AADL to investigate and keep abreast of critical new tools in the industry.
    • Collaborated with Harvard Library Innovation Lab on Digital Public Library of America Beta Sprint projects, Shelf Life & Library Cloud.
  • Quantify savings and disseminate information about good stewardship.

I. Services II. Products IV. Communications V. Organizational Development VI. Facilities