Auburn Hills Library Board - Partial term to 11/2019
TWO Partial terms ending 11/2019.Vote for TWO
CHOOSE TWO CANDIDATES FROM BELOW TO COMPARE
Mary Jo Ahern
Beverly A. Miller
Retired paralegal and teacher
Please provide biographical information and explain why you are running for City office and relevant qualities and skills you would bring to the position.
What are the top 3 Priority Issues that the city should address and what actions would you take regarding each of them?
I was appointed to the Board of Trustees for the Auburn Hills Library in September, 2016. I have served for one year, and am now the Financial Officer, Having graduated from the Pontiac School System, obtained a BA from Oakland University and an MA from the University of Michigan, I taught language arts for a number of years, teaching my students the many benefits of using the library. I also worked for educational publishers for twenty-two years, during which I visited many of the libraries in Michigan and met with many library directors, assessing their needs.
My main reason for seeking a post on the Auburn Hills Library Board is to make certain that our library remains a relevant and meaningful part of our community. Technology has changed the roll that the library plays in our lives. Many citizens now use Kindles or Nooks to read books, as well as computers to do research on whatever topics they choose. Library patronage has declined as a result.
Our library must become a vital part of our community once again. That is my goal--to help make that happen.
1. We must make sure that the library is fully funded and able to operate at top efficiency to meet the needs of the public.
As Financial Officer I keep a close eye on our finances, making sure that we have meaningful collections of books and materials in
each area: adult, high school, middle school, elementary and pre-school, as well as programs for the public in each area.
2. Technology is a very important priority. The library needs computers, 3-D printers, and programs in educating the public on the newest trends in technology through classes and programs.
3. Communication with our citizens is also most important. Our monthly newsletter, as well as our online information can and must keep our patrons well aware of all the offerings readily available through the library, that may not be available elsewhere.
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I am a 52 year resident of the Auburn Hills community. My children went to Avondale Schools and my husband served on the school board. I served on the Library board for two terms. I was involved in bringing a library to Auburn Hills. I circulated petitions for Veronica New to have a library established for the community instead of using the Pontiac Library.
I am familiar with the tasks that a library board member should do. During my previous terms I suggested we formulate the first strategic plan, helped to hire a new director and was treasurer for the Building committee when the new library was built.
I had two careers. I was a teacher for the first half of my working life and I went back to school and earned a diploma as a paralegal from Oakland University. I understand the law and I taught legal research for several years.
The new library board needs to focus on making the library a pleasant place for our residents to use and a pleasant place for our employees to work. We also need to make sure that we utilize the space in the library in the most effective way. Finally we need to continue to offer programs that will be relevant and useful to the public
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