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Louise Coffman: Candidate Profile

Sugar Grove Library Board (2-year Term) (Independent)

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City: Sugar Grove

Website: Candidate did not respond.

Office sought: Sugar Grove Library Board (2-year Term)

Age: 54

Family: Married, one dog.

Occupation: Administrative Manager

Education: Attended Northwestern University

Civic involvement: Corn Boil Committee, Sugar Grove Library Friends, Sugar Grove Garden Club, American Legion

Elected offices held: None

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

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

The library needs a long range plan.

Key Issue 2

Candidate did not respond.

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?

The library board members are called trustees. They should have the best interest of the library and the community at heart. The past board has not exhibited this.

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?

Yes, I have a library card. I have had it for a number of years.

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 not an issue at the Sugar Grove library, funding is.

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

Due to the poor economy, more people need libraries than ever. Technology has made information available on many different platforms, libraries need to offer services to make these options available to patrons. The library remains relevant by providing programming and services to all facets of the community, from book clubs, to classes, to bubble magicians and reading to dogs. These kinds of programs get people into the library to discover what other services are offered there.