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Jim Bailey: Candidate Profile

Carol Stream Library Board (2-year Term) (Democrat)

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  • Jim Bailey, running for Carol Stream Library Board (2-year Term)

      Jim Bailey, running for Carol Stream Library Board (2-year Term)

 

 

 

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Note: Answers provided have not been edited for grammar, misspellings or typos. In some instances, candidate claims that could not be immediately verified have been omitted.

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Bio

City: Carol Stream

Website: Candidate did not respond.

Office sought: Carol Stream Library Board (2-year Term)

Age: 71

Family: Married 33 years to Leigh. Four daughters, four grandchildren.

Occupation: Retired after 50+ years in the computer industry involved in engineering, sales management, entrepreneur, consultant.

Education: College GED Various technical schools totaling more than 6 years in radio/radar/computers

Civic involvement: Rotary Club, past president Citizen of the Year, Carol Stream 2005 Church Elder, Heritage Presbyterian Church Secretary, MICAH Men's group, Heritage Presbyterian Church Friends of the Library, Carol Stream Library Trustee, Carol Stream Public Library - 8 years Vice President, Board of Trustees, Carol Stream Public Library

Elected offices held: Carol Stream Rotary Club - President Library Trustee, Carol Stream Public Library, 8 years

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

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

Actively seek and support programs, products, and services aimed at constantly improving service to our users at the Carol Stream Public Library

Key Issue 2

Focusing on the practical application of emerging technologies to expand the products and services available at our library to continue to meet the changing needs of our users.

Key Issue 3

Stewardship of public funds used to fund the library and its programs.

Questions & Answers

Do you support the board's decision to put the library's Kuhn Road property on the market? Would you support a sale or lease of the property? Would you ever support construction of a new library in the village?

Putting the property up for sale is probably a moot point at this time owing to the currently real estate market. Ultimately, we will sell the property for a good profit that can then be used to fund additional programs at the library. I would prefer a sale of the property over a lease of the property, unless there are significant benefits to the library or the village through the lease. The library is currently in a solid cash position and does not need the revenue at this point. I would support building a new library now and in the future. Our library currently suffers from limited space that will make it hard for us to expand and add significant new programs in the future.

What specifically will you do to improve the working relationship among board members?

I will use my 8 years of experience on the board, coupled with the business management skills acquired over many years in a variety of business management positions, to ensure that we have a cohesive board focused on the good of the library and our users and staff.

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?

In my opinion, the current board is not focused on the needs of the community or library at all. Most of the board members do not use the library, and until several lawsuits against the library were initiated, had absolutely no interest in the library. The political climate of 2010 has added to some misguided motives of several board members. I was amazed to hear one of the candidates for appointment to the board to fill a vacant seat recently respond to the question "what do you think is the role of a library trustee" respond by saying "honestly, I do not have a clue". Our citizens expect and deserve better representation from our library trustees. We need to have a board that is not contentious, and works together to serve our community. I will work to achieve that harmony and focus if elected.

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 many years. I obtain books at the library often, including purchasing used books on a regular basis.

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

Economic factors have placed some libraries in peril. Thanks to the good fiscal management of our library trustees prior to the current board, we have a solid cash reserve position. To remain relevant, we must focus on what we do best, while exploring new technologies that our users want - like eBooks and access to the Internet and databases. We have a large pool of computers available for use on-site, and are currently moving ahead with long-term plans to upgrade these computers to provide better service to our users. Our library has long had a consistent, positive role in our community. We can capitalize on that strength by working to make the library more of a "destination" with the expansion of novel programs for our users.

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