Linda Weiss: Candidate Profile
Bensenville Library Board
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Family: Married with four grown children and eleven grandchildren.
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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 strongly believe in the library's mission to serve the informational, educational, cultural and recreational needs of the district's residents. Recently retired, I have the time and feel that I can give back to the community in this small way.
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.
I have worked in libraries for 40+ years and I believe that my experience will be a benefit to the Library Board.
Do you have a library card? How long have you had it? How often do you use it?
I have had a library card all my life! I typically use my card three or 4 times a month to check-out or download titles.
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.
The public library requires space in order to provide all the various formats, collections and services. I think we can possibly do away with some of those things that have been replaced with technology, but I would not be opposed to expanding the physical plant.
What impact have economic and technological changes had on libraries? How does a library remain relevant? How should its role in the community change?
The library remains relevent by knowing the community and responding to the needs of the patrons they serve. The library should be seen as a destination for all the community's education and information needs. I am excited that the Bensenville Library is working on a new strategic plan and will be seeking input from the community and am looking forward to being a part of implementing that plan.
What other issues, if any, are important to you as a candidate for this office?
Candidate did not respond.
Please name one current leader who most inspires you.
What's the biggest lesson you learned at home growing up?
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
If life gave you one do-over, what would you spend it on?
If I had known that the last time I saw my parents was the last time, I would have made it last longer.
What was your favorite subject in school and how did it help you in later life?
English because it not only taught me the language, but gave me a genuine love and appreciation of words.
If you could give your children only one piece of advice, what would it be?
In the words of Mark Twain, the person who does not read good books has no advantage over the one who can't read them.