2017 Year in Review
Austin Public Library
Serving knowledge, technology and inspiration to the Austin community, the Library is a hub of books and education, a meeting place of minds and an incubator of ideas.
- Closed the old Faulk Central Library and opened the new Central Library. The grand opening had 16,850 visitors, circulated 9,500 items, received 28,000 web visitors, and the Recycled Reads Gift Shop had revenue of $8,775.
- Planned and executed the move of the Central Library’s entire collection (400,000 volumes) from Faulk Library to the new Central Library using only Library staff.
- Closed the Southeast branch for renovations and partnered with the Austin Parks and Recreation Department to open an interim computer lab and provided Bookmobile service at the Dove Spring Recreation Center.
- Signed up 27,000 new library cardholders during the My Library Card marketing campaign.
- Diverted 294 tons of materials from the landfill though our Recycled Reads Bookstore.
- Partnered with the Communication and Technology Management Division to install Virtual Desktop systems thus reducing the overall cost of hardware and software for the Library.
- Launched We Recommend, a book recommendation tool that allows customers to explore book titles by audience and genre.
- 2017 Texas Library Association Branding Iron Award for the Austin Public Library Radio Show & Podcast “Volumes”
- 2017 Archival Award of Excellence given by the Texas Historical Record Advisory Board for the Austin History Center’s efforts to better document and preserve architectural related collections.
Prevents animal homelessness and promotes humane, compassionate treatment of animals by enforcing regulations, providing a safety net for lost or homeless animals and achieving live outcomes for at least 90 percent of sheltered pets.
- Returned 3,363 pets to their owners from the shelter and an additional 800 pets to their homes while in the field so the pets never had to enter the shelter.
- Completed the new kennel extension project which extended AAC capacity by 44 kennels on its main campus.
- Maddie’s Fund Lifesaving Academy Grant in partnership with Austin Pets Alive! to help other communities implement lifesaving programs.
- Selected as capstone project partner by International City/County Management Association (ICMA)
Austin Public Health
Helps prevent disease, promotes healthy practices, and protects the well-being of this community.
- Provided comprehensive public health and human services support during Hurricane Harvey response by participating in the activation of the Emergency Operations Center, serving as Medical Operation command staff, and providing case management to evacuees. APH staff assisted with medical sheltering, hospital and primary care coordination, patient tracking/repatriation, syndromic surveillance, medical hotline support, pharmacy operations, infection control and disease surveillance, shelter food safety and general sanitation shelter inspections.
- Completed the 2017 Critical Health Indicators Report representing the APH efforts to collect, analyze, and present information on adverse health conditions that affect our residents. The data report notes the successes in creating a healthier environment, but also presents the health disparities and challenges that persist in our community.
- Developed and implemented an electronic Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) record. This project started two years ago and involved three different states (Louisiana, New Mexico and Texas) and two tribal organizations. The system is now being piloted. The rest of the State will be roll out the new system in 2018.
- Exceeded the target for number of persons transitioned out of poverty by 68% - 76 persons transitioned – the target was 45.
- Launched a real time eating establishment inspection reporting system. APH purchased and started implementation of the Digital Health Department software solution to enable real time inspection reporting, on-line application submittal and on-line payment.
- Implemented the first Mayor’s Healthiest Workplace and School awards with the Mayor’s Health and Fitness Council. Thirty seven workplaces were certified covering over 94,000 employees and had 60 schools representing over 37,000 students, get recognized as “exemplary.” Promotion, education and implementation of comprehensive wellness policy, systems and environmental changes, including tobacco-free policies, is a key component of these recognitions.
- Partnered with Child Inc. to redesign their food menu. This change has impacted all Child Inc. Head Start locations, reaching 1,800 children as well as staff. Students will consume 50% less processed foods, while increasing their fresh fruit and vegetable intake through the menu redesign.
- Five Star Award (exceptional performance in areas of timeliness, remote birth access system, training/participation and birth registration), State of Texas
Parks and Recreation Department
Provides, protects and preserves a park system that promotes quality recreational, cultural and outdoor experiences for the Austin community.
- Accepted a $50,000 grant from the National League of Cities and the Children in Nature Network to implement strategies that increased the number of underserved children experiencing nature.
- Celebrated the grand opening of a new recording studio located inside the Doris Miller Auditorium that equips and staffs an after-school recording studio offering youth complete and free access to explore, create, and record music. Each of the studios is equipped with guitars, drums, keys/synths, DJ equipment, digital music stations and a full recording studio.
- Facilitated financial assistance to 1,453 youth in 724 Austin households eligible for free and reduced lunch benefits. An additional 123 youth in 71 households were awarded a total of $36,900 in scholarships up to $300, through the Scott Johnson Youth scholarship program.
- Prepared the Parkland Events Task Force (PETF) report in collaboration with stakeholders moved it through adoption by City Council. The PETF created additional tools for enforcement of vending and parking in parks during events, and codified policies regarding events at three downtown parks that host special events.
- Reaccredited with the Commission for Accreditation of Parks and Recreation Agencies
- 2017 Texas Recreation and Parks Society Legacy Park Award: Parque Zaragoza
- National Association of Government Communicators – Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Award for– 2016 Annual Report
- Texas Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors - 1st Place for Magazine Format Programming – In the Parks Video Series
- Preservation Austin Stewardship Award - Downs Field improvements
- National Planning Achievement Award for Urban Design - Austin’s Historic Cemeteries Master Plan
- E. Lee Walker Award for Community Collaboration - Cities Connecting Children to Nature initiative