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Catherine Warner: Candidate Profile

Round Lake Area Library Board (4-year Terms) (Independent)

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  • Catherine Warner, running for Round Lake Area Library Board (4-year Terms)

    Catherine Warner, running for Round Lake Area Library Board (4-year Terms)




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City: Round Lake

Website: Candidate did not respond.

Office sought: Round Lake Area Library Board (4-year Terms)

Age: Candidate did not respond.

Family: I have been married to Derrick Warner, retired Fire Captain with the Greater Round Lake Fire Protection District, for thirty years. We have 5 grown children together and 4 grandchildren.

Occupation: Retired teacher

Education: Bachelor of Arts in Education from Florida Atlantic University, Masters of Arts from Concordia University

Civic involvement: I have been on the library board in Round Lake for the past 25 years. I have served on many various committees with both the library and the Round Lake Area School District.

Elected offices held: I am currently president of the Round Lake Area Library Board for which I have served the last 25 years.

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

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

To continue to offer the citizens of the Round Lake area the best possible service to meet their needs in this economically difficult time.

Key Issue 2

Candidate did not respond.

Key Issue 3

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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?

I have long experience with the board and hopefully bring some stability with an ever changing membership.

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.

My main contribution has been to make sure the library is fiscally responsible while offering the most services it is able. I served on the board during the building of our new library in 1988 and during the expansion several years later. We saw shortening service hours and then bringing them back, all while trying to keep any tax increases to a minimum.

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

YES! I have a library card and have had it since 1986 when I moved to Round Lake. I use it all the time as I am an avid reader and I used it when I was a teacher to help supplement materials I needed while teaching Language Arts and Literature.

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.

Space is a huge issue at our library. We have recently had a space needs study to find ways to do more with less. I do not believe it is the time to expand our building or build a larger building, therefore we must find ways to more efficiently use the space we have.

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

We are busier now more than ever. Our staff helps people learn to use computers to look for jobs, communicate with others and become more current with their skills. We have evolved from all books to a multi-media library as technological changes have required. This presents an economic challenge to the library and I believe we have done an outstanding job keeping current with technology while remaining fiscally responsible.