Ida Lee: Candidate Profile
Winfield Library Board (4-year Terms) (Democrat)
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Office sought: Winfield Library Board (4-year Terms)
Family: I am a widow. My husband, Robert J. Lee, died in 2001. I have 4 grown children and 5 grandchildren.
Occupation: I am a retired school librarian.
Education: Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Mount Mary College, 1960. Master of Science in Library and Information Science, Northern Illinois University, 1988.
Civic involvement: Winfield Library Friends, Illinois Education Association Retired, DuPage Unit of the Illinois Retired Teacher Association, Far West Chapter of Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Elected offices held: Winfield Library Trustee in the 1970s. Appointed Winfield Library Trustee, 2008. Elected trustee in 2009.
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No.
Key Issue 1
To complete the renovation of the library.
Key Issue 2
To continue tax payer support of the library.
Key Issue 3
To promote the programs of the library.
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?
My husband was president of the Library Board when the building was built. I want to make sure the library building continues to be the best it can be.
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.
I have pushed to update the circulation system. This update is currently in progress.
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 the library opened almost 40 years ago. I checkout books at least once a month.
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.
I support continuous weeding of the collection based on current usage.
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 is responding to the needs of the residents.