Candidate Questionnaire from March 4, 2017: Gail Borden Public Library District – Amanda J. Garcia

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NAME: Amanda J. Garcia


Gail Borden Public Library District

1.  Why are you seeking this position?

I believe in the power of education, community, and literature, and Gail Borden Public Library generously supplies all three. I would be honored to serve in a leadership role at such a fine institution, and inspired to participate in its growth and further development. I also believe that the greatest potential for change in our world begins at home, and I am motivated by that responsibility and the opportunity to take on a little more as an elected trustee.

2.  What experience and background do you have which qualifies you for this position?

I hold a BA in communications from Judson University and an MBA from Southern Illinois University. I worked in non-profit communications/fundraising for six years before pursuing my dream of launching my own business to service communication needs of a variety of small organizations and businesses. I have served as chair of the One Great Hour of Sharing board (an organization that raises funds to alleviate poverty around the world), and I currently serve as a board and finance committee member of the Ecumenical Stewardship Center (a faith-based organization in the US and Canada that provides ministry resources to church leaders). I also served one year on the Downtown Neighborhood Association’s Harvest Market committee in Elgin.

3.  What will be your greatest challenge if elected?

The scope and complexity of Gail Borden Public Library’s offerings and operations is astounding. I have great admiration for the many partnerships that the library maintains with U-46 and several non-profit organizations and civic institutions, and I believe those partnerships can be further strengthened and new ones formed to create an even greater network of learning and growth for all patrons. In addition, keeping up with technology amid economic change and uncertainty is one of the most profound ways that a library remains relevant, and while it’s a challenging task, I believe it crucial to supporting the library’s role of educating, resourcing, and empowering its community.

Release for publication? YES

I will attend the forum? YES

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