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AADL Board election filings upcoming

3. January 2006 • Murph
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Ed posts a heads-up on an old post that the Library Board elections will be held this spring, and nominating petitions are due in a month.

Nominating petitions are now available for individuals who are interested in filing for the May 2, 2006 election for Ann Arbor District Library Board of Trustees. Three candidates will be elected to each serve a four-year term.

Petitions and election information are available at the County Clerk’s Office in the Washtenaw County Building at 200 North Main Street in Ann Arbor. Potential Board candidates must return completed petitions to the Clerk’s Office by 4:00 pm, February 7, 2006.

The election will take place on May 2, 2006, and elected candidates will begin their terms on July 1, 2006. These are four-year terms, ending on June 30, 2010.

For more information, contact the County Clerk’s office at 222-6730.

Current Board members whose terms are ending include Barbara Murphy, Connie Greene, and William Kincaid.

  1. For those who don’t know, Ed has set up a blog called Superpatron , “for library patrons who love their libraries, who take advantage of everything they have to offer, and are always on the lookout for great ideas that libraries around the world are doing,” and is fast becoming the AADL’s best volunteer hacker. (In the good-guy sense.) See, for example, his custom interface to the AADL’s new books list .

    Ed, what can we expect from you as an AADL Board member, and when can I sign your petition? (You are running, right? Right?)
       —Murph.    Jan. 3 '06 - 09:24PM    #
  2. I’d be interested in hearing more about the upcoming election. Has anyone been going to the AADL meetings? A couple years ago, I filed to fill the seat being vacated by one of the board members who was moving out of state. Unfortunately, so did a dozen other people. :) As they were in the middle of the seemingly never-ending contract negotiations with the librarians, they chose someone who had experience with such negotiations.

    I still think about running from time to time. I think the AADL could use some guidance on what to add to their collection in various technical fields. I don’t think they’ve been very good about keeping up-to-date.
       —Dan Romanchik    Jan. 4 '06 - 04:01PM    #
  3. I’ll be at Leopolds tonight at 7pm for the blogger meetup, and will have a petition in hand. Please hunt me down if you want Ed on the ballot.
       —Louis Rosenfeld    Jan. 10 '06 - 12:46PM    #
  4. Dan,

    Not to rain on your parade but the role of a board member isn’t to be a micromanager of library operations. They have librarians who select for the collections. I’m sure they would value your input, especially if you have expertise in those areas. But that’s not the job of the people on the board (and that would likely create some problems with staff if they feel they have to respond to the Board members requests simply because they are a board member). Board members are there to set policy, manage the budget and plan for the future. If you want to be on there to give you a vehicle for determining what’s in the collection, you probably shouldn’t be on the Board.
       —John Q.    Jan. 10 '06 - 03:08PM    #