Corrine Jakacki-Dattomo: Candidate profile
Name: Corrine M. Jakacki-Dattomo
City: West Chicago
Office sought: Trustee, West Chicago Public Library District
Family: Steve (Husband) and children ages 17, 15, and 12
Occupation: National Channel Account Manager, Mitel
Education: BA, St. Olaf College
Master of Arts, Social Sciences, University of Chicago
Master of Library and Information Sciences, Dominican University
Civic involvement: West Chicago Public Library District Foundation Board (past President and current Secretary, 2012 -- present); Member, Strategic Planning Committee, West Chicago Public Library District 2012; Wegner Elementary School PTO: 2007-2017 (past President)
Previous elected offices held: West Chicago Public Library District Trustee, 2013-2017
What are the most important issues facing your library district and how do you intend to address them?
The Library serves a diverse community and it is important that the Library continues to meet the educational and recreational needs of all members of the community while being fiscally responsible.
Why are you running for office? Is there a particular issue that motivates you? If so, what is it?
The library is an integral part of our diverse community through its collections, services, programs and outreach. I want to ensure that the library continues to meet current standards of service while being proactive and responsive to the ever-changing needs of 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.
As a parent of school aged children, I can provide a perspective of how families can and want to interact with the Library. As an avid library user, I can share my perspective of the services that users want to see from a library. As a community member, I can share my experiences and perspectives of how the Library can continue to be an integral part of our community.
Do you have a library card? How long have you had it? How often do you use it?
I have had a library card since I was able to sign my name in kindergarten. I am an active user whether it is for print or electronic materials, I usually have a book (or two) checked out.
What impact have economic and technological changes had on libraries? How does a library remain relevant? How should its role in the community change?
Libraries are being forced to do more with less financial resources than ever before. The needs of the patrons are the guiding principals in library stewardship however, we must make sure that the Library meets and exceeds those needs while offering the latest technological advances. How patrons interact with the Library continually evolves and the Library needs to determine new ways to provide access and services to a population with ever changing needs.