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William J. Pizzi: Candidate Profile

Barrington Area library

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City: Barrington

Website: Candidate did not respond.

Office sought: Barrington Area library

Age: 68

Family: Wife, Professor June B. Pizzi

Occupation: Professor

Education: BS: Loyola University, Chicago (1964)Psychology

MA: Loyola University, Chicago (1967)Psychology/Neuroscience

Ph.D: Illinois Institute of Technology (1971)Neuroscience

Civic involvement: Director, Barrington Harbor Homeowners Assoc

Board member: Loyola University Backcourt Club

As Good As Gold: Golden Retriever Rescue

Elected offices held: President: Neurobehavioral Teratology Society

President: Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience

President: Midwest Teratology Society

Treasurer for all of the above

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

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

Keeping a good library strong.

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?

Service to the community

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.

Candidate did not respond.

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

Yes (never leave home without it.)

16 years at Barrington.

I visit the library weekly, and use the card often (biweekly).

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.

In the case of Barrington's library I would be in favor of utilizing all new technology, but also expanding the facility which has become small for the size of the community.

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

Technology has had a considerable impact on society and libraries which demand keeping up and new modes of presentation. The library is a primary educational institution, especially for those who have completed formal education. This can be seen by the computer and arts classes presented at the library. Reading is critical to the success of young children and the programs for the young are paramount. These types of services are of prime importance to the community.