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Mary K. Peterson: Candidate Profile

West Chicago library

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  • Mary K. Peterson, running for West Chicago library

    Mary K. Peterson, running for West Chicago library




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City: West Chicago

Website: Candidate did not respond.

Office sought: West Chicago library

Age: 78

Family: Three grown daughters and 10 grandchildren

Occupation: Retired

Education: High school and some college courses

Civic involvement: Currently Vice-President and Chairman of Policy and Personnel Committee at West Chicago Public Library

Board Member of Friends of the West Chicago City Museum

Elected offices held: West Chicago Public Library Board

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

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

Careful stewardship of our taxpayers' money as we strive to meet the challenges of providing quality library materials, programs, and activities to meet the recreational, informational, and lifelong learning needs of the residents of the District.

Key Issue 2

Integrating new technologies such as e-books and readers

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.

In collaboration with my fellow Library Board members and knowledgeable library staff, ongoing building maintenance as well as materials and programs to meet the needs of the community have been accomplished while staying within each year's budgeted allocations.

With purposeful study the Board will meet the ongoing challenge of integrating new technologies. A few short years ago cassette tapes were the current technology - this year it's e-books.

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 for the West Chicago Public Library for at least 50 years and use it regularly

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.

This is a topic that is challenging all public libraries. The Board has made studying how to best resolve this issue a priority.

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

Todays economic climate has brought increased usage. Patrons appreciate the availability of each new technology as well as the service that excellent staff provide.