Marjorie Smith: Candidate Profile
Huntley Area Library Board (4-year Terms)
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Office sought: Huntley Area Library Board (4-year Terms)
Family: Married, 1 daughter, 2 grandsons
Occupation: Retired Library/Media Teacher
Education: BS in Education, University of Illinois, 1965 MS in Instructional Technology, Northern Illinois University, 1977
Civic involvement: Friends of the Library Foundation Sun City Neighborhood
Elected offices held: None
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No
Key Issue 1
Key Issue 2
Support of Interlibrary Loan System to meet demands of community
Key Issue 3
Support life long learning through keeping up-to-date with technology, offering classes, individual help, and speakers.
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?
Libraries have always been an important part of communities. I want the Huntley Library to continue to meet the demands of our diverse 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 special contributions you could make.
Do you have a library card? How long have you had it? How often do you use it?
I have had a library card since I could write my own name. When we moved to Huntley 8 years ago, I registered for a card here. I use it about once a week, not only for checking out materials in the library but for downloading audio and e-books from the Library website.
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.
I hope that expansion will be an option in the near future and encourage the continued development of the Expansion Fund. Until that time, weeding is an ongoing process. Fortunately, we have a well developed relationship with other libraries in Illinois with whom we share materials.
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 an enormous impact on library. With computers we can check items out easily, we're notified when reserved items arrive and when our items are due. E-books and audio books are available for check out. The staff in the library are able to help patrons take advantage of all the latest technology.
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