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Travis J. Ketterman: Candidate Profile

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City: Geneva

Website: Candidate did not respond.

Office sought: Geneva library

Age: 39

Family: Married to Samantha Ketterman. We have four daughters, Zoe (9), Ava (7), Tes (5), and Liv (2).

Occupation: Partner, Whitfield McGann & Ketterman and Adjunct Professor of Law at Loyola University Law School

Education: J.D., Loyola University Chicago Law School (1996)

B.A., Marquette University (1993)

Civic involvement: Chairman, Illinois State Bar Association's Federal Civil Practice Section Council; author and speaker for the International Foundation of Employee Benefits

Elected offices held: Geneva Public Library Board of Trustees (2007 through the present)

Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No.

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

To provide a library facility and library resources that a community like Geneva deserves.

Key Issue 2

Candidate did not respond.

Key Issue 3

Candidate did not respond.

Questions & Answers

Why are you running for this office, whether for re-election or election the first time? Is there a particular issue that motivates you, and if so, what is it?

Candidate did not respond.

If you are an incumbent, describe your main contributions. Tell us of important initiatives you've led. If you are a non-incumbent, tell us what contributions you would make.

For the past four years, I was honored to serve with the other trustees as we hired a new Library Director, modified the existing use of the library's physical space to better serve the patrons and staff, and explored the needs of a library that is able to serve Geneva in the future.

Do you have a library card? How long have you had it? How often do you use it?

Yes, I obtained a library card as soon as we moved to Geneva in 1999. I am at the library several times a week, often with my daughters.

Space is usually an issue at libraries. If that's the case at your library, would your solution be to expand the physical plant or make room by doing away with parts of the collection that technology has made less critical? Explain.

We need to use electronic resources to their fullest extent, both to conserve space and to provide more timely and cost-effective resources. As for the physical plant, I strongly support our attempts to purchase the Cetron plant and begin planning for a furture library at that site. I arrived at that decision after being convinced the current library will not adequately serve Geneva in the future and after the Sixth Street School no longer became a realistic option.

What impact have economic and technological changes had on libraries? How does a library remain relevant? How should its role in the community change?

A library remains relevant by knowing the needs of the community and matching those needs with available resources. For example, in the recent economic devastation, the library provides tremedous job-searching resources and also provides cost-effective family entertainment through programming.