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Downtown Library Project Discussion

4. June 2008 • Juliew
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From the Ann Arbor District Library web site regarding discussions on the future of the downtown Library (note: the first meeting is tomorrow morning):

Recently, over 6,000 persons responded to a survey sponsored by the Library and the AA Downtown Development Authority on the future of the Downtown Library building and the proposed underground parking structure on the lot north of the Library.
Please join us this week to discuss the findings and to continue this important discussion on the future of library services in the Downtown.

All of the meetings are in the Downtown MultiPurpose Room. The dates and times are:

Wednesday, June 4, 10:00am-Noon and
Sunday, June 8, 3:00pm-5:00pm.

  1. Hm. Look at the first and last rows of the first table from the survey results. The numbers are identical (to the person). There must have been a data entry error somewhere….

       —Bruce Fields    Jun. 4 '08 - 09:27PM    #
  2. Hey, Bruce, you’re absolutely right. I’ve fixed that line and double-checked the rest. Thanks for pointing that out!


       —eli    Jun. 5 '08 - 03:27AM    #
  3. Thanks for the fast fix, Eli!

       —Bruce Fields    Jun. 5 '08 - 06:35AM    #
  4. While the statistical breakdowns for the survey responses are interesting, what’s really fascinating to me are the open-ended responses, which they’ve also made available and very easy to navigate by categorizing them into the topics that they naturally fell into.

    On the question of whether a new or renovated downtown library is necessary, the statistical breakdown was 48% in agreement (agree or strongly agree), 14% disagreeing at all, but 37% mixed.

    The open end responses help give a lot more texture to sentiments on that and other subjects. Plus, they’re just a fun read.

       —HD    Jun. 5 '08 - 05:27PM    #
  5. It’s pretty remarkable that 62% of the respondents have post-graduate education.

       —Fred Zimmerman    Jun. 5 '08 - 06:38PM    #