Hopefuls Focus on Maintaining Quality Service at Ela Library
There are four candidates running for three seats on the Ela Area Library District Board. Four of the five candidates are incumbents.
The candidates include current trustees John W. Keister, Jane E. Hyla, Roxolana S. Poluchowicz. Challenger William H. Clugston, is running for the first time.
The candidates were asked to respond to a Daily Herald candidate questionnaire.
What are the two most important objectives for this office if you are elected?
Clugston: Improve the use of space and presentation of materials. For example, the children's video and CD's, as well as the classical CD's, are difficult to access. Educate those persons who already use the library to use it better and more fully. For example, while the library has done a terrific job in introducing technology, too many library users do not know how to use the automated card catalog system.
Keister: Continue to manage the operation of the Ela Area Library to provide excellent service to patrons, and efficient use of tax dollars. Enhance provided service in the area of technology, print, and non-print media.
Hyla: To maintain quality services and collections that meet the needs of the community while maintaining fiscal responsibility. The diversity of needs includes, but is not limited, to preschool, school-aged, family and leisure, business, large print, and foreign language. To provide current technology so that all members of the community have the opportunity to access information and acquire computer skills regardless of ability to afford personal computers.
Poluchowicz: Continue to expand library automation with expansion of Internet usage. Expansion of children's programming and resources to better service our patrons.
The video collection and computers have become more a part of the library. What plans do you have to ensure the library will stay up to date with technology and continue to be a useful tool for the whole community?
Clugston: I am not worried about the library staying up to date. I am probably more concerned with making sure it does not forget its roots than that it does not see the future. The library is in the forefront of public libraries in technology with its Internet access and new reference librarian who continues to be progressive and computer literate. I think the movement toward technology is due to the current president's policies and, as a former computer programmer, I think I fit in well with the movement.
Keister: Non-print media are becoming an increasingly important tool in the public library. At Ela, we have put in place an Automation Committee, of which I am a member, to ensure growth in the areas of technology and the Internet. This will continue technology and the Internet. This will continue our current long-range (three-year) plan (which) includes an emphasis on collection and maintenance of multiple formats. …