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Ernest Kosty: Candidate Profile

Wauconda Library Board (4-year Terms) (Republican)

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City: Wauconda

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Office sought: Wauconda Library Board (4-year Terms)

Age: 81

Family: Widower: Wife, Janet, deceased 9/29/2010 5 children: Allison, Timothy, Michael, Ellen, Karen Plus 8 grandchildren in total

Occupation: Retired.

Education: BS in Industrial Management, Lawrence Institute of Technology MBA w/majors in Finance and Mangement, Wayne State University

Civic involvement: Member of Wauconda Board of Zoning Appeals/Plan Commision President of Board of Trustees of Wauconda Area Public Library District

Elected offices held: Board of Trustees of Wauconda Area Public Library District

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

Candidate's Key Issues

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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?

To serve on the library board of trustees requires that you be elected to the position. Hence, my reason running for this position (office).

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.

Have served a president of the Wauconda library board for 2 three year terms; have also served as Treasurer; and board members. During my tenure, the library has advanced its technology capabilities, enhanced member services, maintained a positive fiscal basis, supported maintenance of our facilities, and improved relations with Friends of the Library.

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

Yes, for 16 years with the Wauconda library. Frequently, probably 2-3 times a month.

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.

The board considers the needs of our physical plant at least twice a year encompassing space requirements, maintenace, and capacity for resources for members. Monthly, staff adds and reduces our shelve offerings and stores removed items for reasonable periods. The advent of eBooks, Nooks, Kindles, SM cloud library has reduced the space needed for the constant increasing publication offerings.

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

In Wauconda, we are fortunate to have a stable tax base for funding library operations. Currently, our tax base is adequate to support our members offerings in terms of resources, space and up to date technology demands which each library district is facing. Our operations are vital to many of our users, primarily children, teens, adults and seniors. Our programs are varied and in demand. I believe our relevance to the community will be ongoing if we continue to meet their needs in the future. To improve our service role, we have acquired a van for pickup and delivery, installed book returns in Island Lake and Volo and continually upgrade our systems to serve the public.