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City: Mount Prospect
Website: Candidate did not respond.
Office sought: Mount Prospect library
Family: Married for 25 years to Jeff Bruner.
Education: Master of Social Work - Jane Addams College of Social Work - University of Illinois
Certified Employee Benefits Specialist - Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
Bond School Certificate - Municipal Bonds Club of Chicago
Civic involvement: Commissioner - Mount Prospect Special Events Commission
Member - Mount Prospect Historical Society
Volunteer - USA D.O.G. and Midwest Greyhound Adoption (groups promoting the rescue and adoption of retired racing greyhounds)
Elected offices held: Trustee - Mount Prospect Public Library 1999 through present
President May 2007 through May 2009
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No
Key Issue 1
The Library must remain relevant. It is critical for us to stay abreast of research and developments in library science and technology while paying attention to our patrons to see how they are using the library.
Key Issue 2
In these tough economic times, we must put fiscal responsibility at the top of the list. Running a first class institution on a limited budget will be our greatest challenge.
Key Issue 3
We must constantly be on the lookout for the best new ways to serve and meet the needs of all residents of Mount Prospect regardless of age, ethnicity or income level.
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?
I want to ensure that Mount Prospect's library remains strong, vibrant and one of the finest public libraries in the state.
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.
When I first ran for the Board in 1999 my primary objective was to finally bring the community together in support of expanding the library. It worked. Our referendum passed and today we have a beautiful facility with adequate space for now and into the foreseeable future.
During my tenure as Board President we worked in partnership with the Village of Mount Prospect to open our South Branch at the newly created Community Connections Center. At South Branch we are providing desperately needed library services to an underserved and growing sector of our community.
Do you have a library card? How long have you had it? How often do you use it?
Yes, I have had a library card since moving to Mount Prospect in 1992. I use it multiple times each week both at the library to take out books and other materials and from home to access the library's extensive on-line resources.
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.
Candidate did not respond.
What impact have economic and technological changes had on libraries? How does a library remain relevant? How should its role in the community change?
It is critical for us to stay abreast of research and developments in library science and technology while paying attention to our patrons to see how they are using the library.