Juan Botello: Candidate Profile
Bensenville Library Board (6-year Terms) (Independent)
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Office sought: Bensenville Library Board (6-year Terms)
Family: Married, two children
Occupation: Personal Banker/Customer Service Representative
Education: High School Diploma
Civic involvement: Participated in ABC Bank sponsored business and civic activities in Bensenville.
Elected offices held: None.
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No
Key Issue 1
With 43% of the Bensenville population being Hispanic, the cuurent selection of books and services available to the Hispanic community is sadly lacking. The need to increase the number of books and services in Spanish to truly service the Hispanic community is a necessity and the main reason I am running for the Library Board. The Hispanic Community needs representation and their voice heard.
Key Issue 2
Marketing the Library so the residents know that the Library is there for everyone.
Key Issue 3
Candidate did not respond.
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?
To increase the number of books and sevices to Hispanic community and I would like to send a message out that the library is the best place for family and friends to come together.
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.
Do you have a library card? How long have you had it? How often do you use it?
Yes, since 6th grade (2001)
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.
It would be to make room by use of technology. Research material is so prevalent now on the Internet that they no longer need to be kept. Would I would like to focus on keeping is the books and materials that draw in the small children and the things that our seniors would like to see.
What impact have economic and technological changes had on libraries? How does a library remain relevant? How should its role in the community change?
I think that the Library remains relavant by provings a place for the community to come to and assits in the education of our children.