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Carrie Carr: Candidate Profile

Barrington Area Library Board (6-year Terms) (Democrat)

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  • Carrie Carr, running for Barrington Area Library Board (6-year Terms)

    Carrie Carr, running for Barrington Area Library Board (6-year Terms)




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City: Barrington

Website: Candidate did not respond.

Office sought: Barrington Area Library Board (6-year Terms)

Age: 53

Family: Married to William, two teenage daughters, Caitlyn (17) and Madelyn (15)

Occupation: Program Manager, Training & Development, Large Consulting firm.

Education: B.S. in English from the University of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign M.A. in Instructional Design from Northeastern Illinois University

Civic involvement: Barrington Junior Women's Club, President 2009/10; Treasurer 2004-2006; member of executive board since 2003. Various positions on school PTO's.

Elected offices held: none

Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: Candidate did not respond.

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

Improve marketing of Library services

Key Issue 2

Ensure the library remains relevant with changes in technology, etc.

Key Issue 3

Candidate did not respond.

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 would like to continue to be involved in the Barrington community. I'm a great user/customer of the Barrington Library, hence my interest in becoming a Library Trustee.

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.

Candidate did not respond.

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

I've had a library card at the Barrington Library since I moved to Barrington over 15 years ago. I use the library many times weekly, sometimes monthly. I also work out of my home so I frequently use the library for meetings or an alternative work space.

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 definitely an issue at libraries. To have space to for the most relevant collections, etc., choices would need to be made (and expanding the library may not be an option). An alternative would be to look for alternative storage facilities (outside of the library proper) to handle overflow while digitally archiving collections so the public knows its available.

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

I think that library will always be a place to borrow books and videos however the way we access books and videos have changed. To remain relevant, libraries need to continue to expand and market options for e-books and to download music and videos as many customers access these items via smartphones,tablets and computers. Libraries are also great meeting places for people of all ages. In its expansion, the library should make sure these meeting places are technology friendly and appeal to the different audiences the library serves (families with children, tutoring programs, "work from homers", and retirees). Perhaps even consider a coffee cafe.