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Anthony Oliver: Candidate Profile

Sugar Grove Library Board (4-year Term) (Independent)

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  • Anthony Oliver, running for Sugar Grove Library Board (4-year Term)

    Anthony Oliver, running for Sugar Grove Library Board (4-year Term)




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City: Sugar Grove

Website: Candidate did not respond.

Office sought: Sugar Grove Library Board (4-year Term)

Age: 68

Family: Married for 36 years, 3 children, two living , two grandchildren.

Occupation: Senior Library Executive, for a local Architectural Company.

Education: Degree in Architecture, England

Civic involvement: Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite. PMWPM,MSA ST Cecilia Lodge AF&AM of Illinois, PM

Elected offices held: Appointed for one year 2012-2013 Sugar Grove Public library

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

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

To work with a library board, that has the best interests of the library patrons and taxpayers as their #1 issue.

Key Issue 2

To work closely with the community to understand their needs and expectations for their library.

Key Issue 3

To provide as many of the services required by the Sugar Grove residence; as dictated by our fixed income.

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 was motivated to protest several members of the library board of trustees, over their handling of the dismissal of the previous library Director. I thought becoming a member of the board of trustees was the best way to become involved as a lover of libraries.

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.

As an incumbent for one year, I took the lead in recommending mediation with our former Director. Failed after one trustee changed her mind. I was very active in the interviewing and hiring of our new library Director who has my full support.

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

Yes I have a library card for about fifteen years when I moved to Prestbury. I use it at least every two weeks to check out books, and books on tape.

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 a issue at this time, as the library is quite new.

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 have a wonderful library that we can not be used to its full potential due to the economy. The library board of trustees has tried many times to have a successful funding referendum. We understand the toll that the Great Recession has taken. We therefore have a need for willing workers to again work with the new board of trustees to start the Friends of the Library once more.