Linda W. Fagan: Candidate Profile

Glenside library

Updated 2/23/2011 4:02 PM




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City: Glendale Heights

Website: Candidate did not respond.

Office sought: Glenside library

Age: 61

Family: Married, three children, one grandchild.

Occupation: Business Analyst

Education: M.B.A., Saint Joseph's University, 1985

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B.S. Mathematics, Wagner College, 1971

FLMI, ACS, Life Management Institute (Life Insurance industry certifications)

Paralegal Certification, Penn State University

Civic involvement: Secretary/Treasurer, Friends Of the Glenside Library

Former VP Programs, Board of Directors, Junior Achievement of Berks County, Pennsylvania

Elected offices held: Candidate did not respond.

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

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

Given the dynamics of the present economy and the pace of technological advances, identifying and meeting the evolving needs of library members and the general user community are key.


Key Issue 2

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Key Issue 3

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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?

Having been actively involved as an officer of the Friends of the Glenside Library for many years, I view the position of trustee as a vehicle to become more fully engaged in library operations and as an opportunity to support the goal of providing outstanding facilities and services to the community.

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.

Support and introduce policies and procedures aimed at meeting the needs of current and future library patrons.

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

Yes, for approximately seven years (Glendale Heights resident for ten 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.

At this time I do not believe space to be a paramount issue at Glenside Library.

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

Opportunities to improve library facilities and services through technological advancements must be considered. Given continuing economic challenges facing Glenside residents, the advantages of technology must be carefully weighted against both initial and trailing costs so as to deliver the best library services to it's users at the most effective cost. The library's written media, however, provides information and comfort to many users. As this will always be relevant it must be factored into policy decisions.