Adelaide Hubbard: Candidate Profile
Villa Park Library Board (4-year Terms)
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City: Villa Park
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Office sought: Villa Park Library Board (4-year Terms)
Family: Widow, one married daughter
Occupation: Retired Middle School teacher and administrator
Education: Bachelor's Degree in Education Master's Degree in Reading Education Master's Degree in Educational Administration
Civic involvement: Delta Kappa Gamma Society of Key Woman Educators
Elected offices held: Villa Park Library Board Trustee
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No
Key Issue 1
To continue to make the Villa Park Library relevant to the residents' needs within our financial constraints through programming, materials, and technology.
Key Issue 2
Using the existing space efficiently and effectively to offer written materials, electronic materials, computers, and reading/meeting areas.
Key Issue 3
To renovate the children's area to make it more children friendly in phases as budget allows.
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 is a most important component of our community that addresses educational, cultural and technological areas. It offers the same materials and opportunities to all residents.
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 a library trustee for a number of years, I have worked with all of the Board Members and the Library Director to keep our library as up to date in materials and technologies as possible within our financial limits.
Do you have a library card? How long have you had it? How often do you use it?
I've had my library card since about 1970 and I use it. Presently, my goal is to learn how to get e-books from the library on my IPad.
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.
I do not think that expanding the library building is an option at this point because of finances. So, working to use existing space more efficiently and effectively is the viable option. Technology has already replaced some parts of the collection such as some references. Presently, the library offers e-books for e-readers. Also, a patron may check out an e-reader with books loaded on it.
What impact have economic and technological changes had on libraries? How does a library remain relevant? How should its role in the community change?
Since about 2008, library usage has increased because residents come to use the materials and computers in the library rather than purchase them. Getting needed materials and using computers that are free during difficult economic times just makes sense. A library can remain relevant by paying attention to patrons requests and usage. This coming year our library is again addressing long range planning. Involving the residents in the process does help keep the library relevant also.