Ann Arbor District Library Appoints New Director After Nationwide Search


ANN ARBOUR, Mich. – The Ann Arbor District Library has a new captain at the helm, and it didn’t take far to look.

On Tuesday, Eli Neiburger was named the new director of the library system after conducting a nationwide search.

As the current deputy director of the AADL, Neiburger has held several positions during his 25 years at the library, including help desk technician, systems planner, network administrator, and associate director.

He will take up his new duties on April 1.

“We are privileged to have such talent in-house, and I am delighted that Eli has officially accepted the Board’s offer to become AADL’s next Director,” said the Chairman of the Board. of AADL, Jim Leija, in a press release.

“Amidst a highly competitive search process, Eli’s vision, talents, expertise and passion for AADL were unparalleled and made him our first-choice candidate. The search showed that Eli was among the nation’s top library leaders and a perfect fit for our community.He has been a dedicated member of AADL staff since 1997 and has been absolutely essential in transforming AADL into the thriving and innovative organization that “She is today. We look forward to working closely with him as he reintroduces himself to our community in this new role.”

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AADL’s new director Eli Neiburger dressed up as Willy Wonka while judging the 2016 AADL Halloween Costume Contest. (Ann Arbor District Library)

According to AADL, Neiburger had a massive influence on popular aspects of the library, such as its tool collections, video game tournaments, annual Summer Game, Secret Lab, and several festivals.

He also contributed to the library system’s own publishing company, Fifth Avenue Press, and its audio incubator, Fifth Avenue Studios.

As a recognized industry leader, Neiburger has helped AADL consistently get a five-star rating by the National Library Journal for 14 years.

“I am thrilled, grateful and honored to have the opportunity to lead this incredible organization,” Neiburger said in a statement. “There is nothing quite like AADL here on Earth, and I look forward to giving the communities we serve an even more amazing return on their investment in public library service. Thank you Board of Trustees , to our dedicated staff and our former manager Josie Parker for making this possible. I can’t wait to get started.

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Learn more about Neiburger’s new role here.

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