John Mark McCleary: 2023 candidate for Villa Park Public Library Board


Town: Villa Park

Age on Election Day: 85

Occupation: Retired teacher


Previous offices held: Villa Park Library Board Trustee


Q: Why are you running for the library board, whether for reelection or election the first time? Is there a particular issue that motivates you?

A: I want to keep improving the library's services.

Q: Has your library seen a significant shift in the use of online materials? Has it adequately bolstered and promoted its online collection?

A: Yes and yes.

Q: What do you see as the future of role of libraries in the electronic age? How well prepared is your library for meeting that role? What new steps must the library begin taking?

A: We have a well-prepared staff who work hard to keep ahead of technology.

Q: 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 contributions you would make.

A: I was involved in passing two referendums that improved the library.

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

A: Yes, I have had a card since I moved to Villa Park and I use the library regularly.

Q: Describe your experience working in a group setting to determine policy. What is your style in such a setting to reach agreement? Explain how you think that will be effective in producing effective actions and decisions of your library board.

A: I work well with groups and I keep meetings moving so that we do not spend time on nonrelevant topics.

Q: What makes you the best candidate for the job?

A: Many years of experience.

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