David DeRango: Candidate Profile

Carol Stream Library Board

 
Updated 3/18/2015 11:12 AM

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Bio

City: Carol Stream

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Office sought:

Carol Stream Library Board

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Occupation: Purchasing Manager

Education: BA in business management

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Civic involvement: Volunteer as a Baseball coatch and board memeber for 4 years as board memeber I purchased all uniforms for Carol Stream teams keeping the cost down and we did not need to increase the fee for 4 years. I am a booster for our church St Lukes help raising funs which we rasied hundred for dollars for our Church. Worked with our Carol Stream school to purchase new play ground equipment and save our school thousands of dollars, also Volunteer my time as picture day Dad for my sons class.

Elected offices held: Treasurer and Trustee for the Carol Streem Library. Carol Stream youth Baseball Board member. Associate Rublican Committeeman

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 am motivated to run again for continued improvement to our Library. For better customer service and improved programs that help children and adults plus add programs for children with learning disabilities. There are 13% of all school children from kindergarten to 21 with some kind if learning disabilities, I want our Library to lead the charge to have programs that help them. Also to keep Taxes down and reduce spending and keep our Library to live with in it means. To sell the Library land and put this money back into our 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.

As an incumbent I have kept Tax increases to $0 for the past 4 years. I am fiscally responsible and a conservative. Transparent and honest person and have lived in Carol Stream for 31 years. Increased new Library card over the past 2 years is now over 9%. Increased patron traffic over 4,000 people in 2014. Continuous improved of customer service. Continuous imported of programs for all ages. I have conservative values for the past 4 years and have made improvements to our Library which shows in the increase patron traffic and New Library card being issued. Reduced the Library's budget by over $100,000 by working with our director.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

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

Yes I have a Library card have had one over 30 years.

Space is an issue at many 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.

No I would not spend Taxpayers money and not spend over 26 million dollars to expand our physical building. We need to use technology were possible and removed unused reading material that is not being used and use more E-readers and down loads. Technology is what is going to be used in Library's in the next 10 years.

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

Technology changes are more now then ever, E-reads and down loads are the wave of the future for books and Libraries, this shows in our own circulation department which is down and our down loads of books are up over 68%. Libraries need to say on top of all new technology changes and offer them to the public. The economy has always been a issue, money is tight for the public and Taxing body's too, there needs to be a balance of spending and use of technology for all. The role of our community should change with the times moving to E-readers and down loads for easy ways of checking out books and materials our children that can be used to help them in school and everyday life.

What other issues, if any, are important to you as a candidate for this office?

Candidates should come to meetings far before signing up to be a trustee so they know what to do and how to act in meetings and take this position seriously.

Please name one current leader who most inspires you.

Candidate did not respond.

What's the biggest lesson you learned at home growing up?

Work hard and never give up on your dreams.

If life gave you one do-over, what would you spend it on?

Going to Golf school

What was your favorite subject in school and how did it help you in later life?

Business

If you could give your children only one piece of advice, what would it be?

Be yourself