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Patricia Polka: Candidate Profile

Palatine Library Board (4-year Terms)

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City: Palatine

Website: Candidate did not respond.

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

Age: 64

Family: Widowed - my husband,Raymond,died July 15,2011 at the age of 69. We were married 24 years. My energies can now be focused on the library work.

Occupation: Retired.. from AT&T as a Service Order Administrator from which I acquired good communications skills. But,when I 1st graduated,I got a job @ NIU in Swens Parsons Library for 2 yrs until moving from Genoa,Il to Elmwood Pk area.

Education: Graduated Genoa-Kingson High School. Attended Triton Junior College & Loyola University earning 3yrs credits.

Civic involvement: Candidate did not respond.

Elected offices held: Candidate did not respond.

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

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?

1st time. I'm excited about the opportunity to serve on our library board as Trustee. If elected,I'm eager to learn & work with these people, who I highly regard, for I believe our library has already implemented many good programs & ways to learn ,for the interests of all people, no matter what age.

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.

One young mother spoke to me about a RAZZ program of which I will question the board. I hope that my presence, my insight, my questions will offer some benefit to the future plans of the library board. I am very efficient in my work ethics-I have a "get things done correctly attitude".

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

Yes. Many years. Quite often.

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.

Whatever is more feasible for the community. The issue being expenses & taxes. The issue being interests & requests. Look at what materials people are utilizing, what properties are of most interest. All aspects are most important. All want a balanced budget,all want a vital resource for any query.. that is the "personal touch" of the library & librarian.

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

Changes have broadened the library - materials now are paper & digital! Relevant because it can be a Utopia of information-past, present, future-retrieved at one's ease. The role changes by being provider of more information, more programs, more classes, for the many people...even offering it's facilities.