RAILS Board Election

Voting is open for the 2022 RAILS Board of Directors election. Voting begins on May 4 at 8 a.m. and ends on May 20 at 5 p.m.

Scroll down for profiles of all candidates.

Each RAILS member library may cast only one ballot on behalf of the library agency. A library agency is the school district, main public library building, etc., rather than the individual school building, library branch, etc.

Each library designates one person who will vote; generally, it will be either the library director or board president.

You may vote on all seats, regardless of your library type.

RAILS is deeply committed to promoting and fostering equity, diversity, and inclusion, and we believe that it is very important to have a board that reflects the diversity of the RAILS membership in terms of race, ethnicity, age, geographic location, staff position, and other factors.

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At-Large Seat

Jack Bower

Arlington Heights Memorial Library, Digital Services Manager

Jack Bower

Why are you interested in serving on the RAILS Board? What do you hope to gain from the experience?

RAILS has the mission to connect all Illinois libraries regardless of library type or community. The library is an example of a group coming together to pool common resources and accomplish more than what the separate individual can. RAILS takes this idea and applies it to libraries themselves. Together they accomplish even more than what they do on their own. I want to aid in these efforts, because libraries are stronger when they work together. I hope to gain new perspectives from libraries of all types throughout state and learn how we can better support users and non-users alike.

How do you feel RAILS would benefit from your involvement on the Board?

I have worked exclusively in Illinois libraries throughout my professional career and have enjoyed the diversity of experience each of them provided. At AHML, I serve an advisory role on library-wide projects and initiatives as a member of the library management team. I revise policies and communicate regular updates with our Board. I helped draft our strategic plan and am responsible for the implementation and execution of several of its objectives. In addition to this experience, I also can bring a different perspective as someone who oversees the only standalone library makerspace in the state.

What do you see as the major challenges facing libraries today?

One major challenge is the aftereffects of COVID-19 on library usage today. During the height of the pandemic, the nation was appropriately encourage to stay away from public spaces and to minimize contact with each other as much as possible. This brought physical usage of libraries way down. Though the pandemic is nearing the end and the virus is more controlled, some people still are hesitant to return and reintegrate the library back into their lives. Usage statistics have yet to recover. Libraries must demonstrate their value to the community, how they can serve their users both physically and virtually, and the ways in which they are reasonably adjusting services in accordance with guidelines and a changing pandemic climate. Another challenge libraries face is adapting to the changing technology environment. There is a number of specific issues related to this, but a noteworthy one is the rising costs of and restrictions on digital resources and ebooks. As more users expect and prefer these formats, publishers have been exercising the increased control they have over electronic formats by charging more, delaying access to items, and restricting length of licenses and circulation limits. While costs go up, budgets certainly aren't growing accordingly. Only by banding together can libraries gain enough leverage to push against this harmful trend.

How will your background and experience be of help to RAILS as we pursue our Strategic Plan initiatives?

I have a great deal of experience that addresses each of the four component priorities of the RAILS strategic plan: Leadership through resource sharing for all member libraries - I am very familiar with many of the great ways that RAILS already does this. In my job at AHML, we currently take advantage of the RAILS negotiated group discounts for electronic resources and database packages. We also take advantage of the listservs, library polling, policy repository, job board, and HR Source seminars, among many other resources, that RAILS offers to its member organizations. Equity, diversity, accessibility, and inclusion - I have done work towards these ends at both libraries I work at and I have a personal interest in grounding library services in these principles. I always collaborate with my staff to make things as accessible with as few barriers as possible through our digital and physical offerings. DEI work is a particular priority at Oak Park Public Library (where I work part-time) and I have taken many trainings and participated in many conversations on this topic in a library environment over my last five years there. Future readying libraries - I work in digital services which is generally a library's outlet for cutting-edge and future-focused services. As a manager of digital services, I stay up to date on the latest technology and trends. Last year, I opened the only standalone library makerspace in the state. This experience gives me unique perspective on preparing libraries for the future and showing value to stakeholders. Leadership and expanding services to all - I have worked in a variety of library settings that provide some of the different perspectives that make up RAILS. I have worked in five different public libraries, an academic library, and a library makerspace. I understand the different considerations for each of these library types and can provide insight towards achieving universal service.


Julie M Milavec

Downers Grove Public Library, Library Director

Julie Milavec

Why are you interested in serving on the RAILS Board? What do you hope to gain from the experience?

I became a librarian to serve, to make a difference in the lives of the people in the community I serve. Serving in various capacities on the local, regional, and state levels has given me extensive experience and a broad perspective on Illinois libraries and library service. Today, I have the capacity and desire to serve libraries and the profession by joining the RAILS Board, following in the footsteps of my grandfather Al Trezza, former Illinois State Library Executive Director and a founder of Illinois multi-type library systems, and my father Jim Johnston, 33-year director of the Joliet Public Library.

How do you feel RAILS would benefit from your involvement on the Board?

I believe that my wealth of knowledge and experience will be an asset to the RAILS Board. RAILS advocacy is essential to libraries and librarians in speeding the recovery of our communities and providing the services that are the backbone of multi-type resource sharing. I will champion the work of the new RAILS Strategic Plan, especially its equity, diversity, accessibility, and inclusion focus and support for all types of libraries. RAILS has an opportunity to help libraries leverage people's perception of libraries as trusted community institutions to lead equity work in our communities to effect larger change.

What do you see as the major challenges facing libraries today?

Funding is a perennial issue for libraries everywhere, but especially in Illinois where regional library systems provide essential support for multi-type resource sharing. The rise of materials challenges and legislation to give school boards authority over selection of school library materials are concerning. Advocacy and member engagement are critical roles for RAILS both in competition for state and federal funding and legislation that affects libraries.

How will your background and experience be of help to RAILS as we pursue our Strategic Plan initiatives?

I have served on many boards, committees, and networking groups, including but not limited to: SWAN, LINC, HAL, PrairieCat, and Pinnacle; ILA Board, Forums, and committees; Illinois State Library committees; ATLAS, LACONI, SLAM, SAIL, and Zone 1 Plus; and LIRA Executive Committee. As a part of those, I've done everything from helping to determine what services to prioritize during a library system merger to reviewing the statewide OCLC contract to developing and implementing strategic plans. I have worked in libraries large and small, poor and well-funded. I've been involved in starting a new automation consortium and an insurance pool for Illinois libraries. I've helped get legislation passed and get legislation stopped. I understand not only the current issue of serving the unserved residents of Illinois, but also the long history of the issue and prior attempts to solve it. DGPL, like RAILS, has prioritized equity, diversity, accessibility, and inclusion work, leading the way for other libraries. My extensive experience, broad perspective on Illinois libraries and library service, and wide network of colleagues provide me with a strong base from which to advance RAILS mission.


Rene Leyva

Fossil Ridge Public Library District, Library Director
Rene Leyva

Why are you interested in serving on the RAILS Board? What do you hope to gain from the experience?

I'm interested in the role so I can be a voice for the minority, not just race but rural/small libraries with smaller budgets that need assistance to stay relevant in a technology driven world. I would hope learn more on how to be a better leader, there are so many talented people in the library field today that can teach me a thing or two. I would love to meet them.

How do you feel RAILS would benefit from your involvement on the Board?

As a previous Mexican Immigrant and now a U.S citizen and current library director. One of my personal goals is to increase diversity in the library field. There's been multiple times, where I noticed hesitancy amongst parents because of lack of comprehension of what a library can fully do in their community. I would hope to be a voice for those who decide not to speak up due to a language barrier.

What do you see as the major challenges facing libraries today?

Relevancy more than anything. Your everyday users are now accustomed to staying at home or make fewer visits to the library due to the pandemic. How do you keep the public informed with a small budget? Staff shortages, lack of e-content due to budget constraints.. staying relevant is key.

How will your background and experience be of help to RAILS as we pursue our Strategic Plan initiatives?

I am future oriented, I want libraries to be competitive and become the resource-hub of their community/location. If it's reaching out to our state representatives to get things done or a phone call to be made to accomplish our initiatives, I wouldn't hesitate. My experience working at a 501(c)3 has taught me that pushing organizations forward is not easy, but necessary for it to see another day. I want all member libraries to push forward, RAILS will be there to help guide and lead the way within the strategic plan.


Catherine A. Lemmer

Lake Forest Library, Executive Director
Catherine Lemmer

Why are you interested in serving on the RAILS Board? What do you hope to gain from the experience?

Long term challenges around consolidation, expanding resources, and consortium building and needs, in addition to the daily Library challenges around inclusion, equity, and diversity, financial and educational standards, and general "where are going and what should we be doing for our communities" are questions that I am interested in exploring and helping to design long-term solutions to.

How do you feel RAILS would benefit from your involvement on the Board?

I have experience as lawyer, academic library administrator, state library consortium project manager, as well as experience as a public library director. I am also well versed in library foundations and fund raising, both grant and donor work. This combination of experience and skills reflects an ability to apply a multi-faceted view to issues.

What do you see as the major challenges facing libraries today?

Understanding, defining, and articulating the library's role. The needs of a community reside on a spectrum and libraries stretch to serve and to understand how to reach both ends of the spectrum with ever growing limited resources. Libraries are challenged to better understand why they say "yes" or "no" to a particular service or how to partner to deliver. Libraries are in the early stages of understanding that doing great work is merely the beginning of the story- getting the community and financial supporters to understand the purpose and value of the work is equally important.

How will your background and experience be of help to RAILS as we pursue our Strategic Plan initiatives?

I have experience as lawyer, academic library administrator, state library consortium project manager, as well as experience as a public library director. I am also well versed in library foundations and fund raising, both grant and donor work. This combination of experience and skills reflects an ability to apply a multi-faceted view to complex issues. In addition to these leadership and management experiences, documentation of research and white paper writing are also in my skill set.


Josephine Tucci

Lincolnwood Public Library District, Director
Josephine Tucci

Why are you interested in serving on the RAILS Board? What do you hope to gain from the experience?

I am interested in being a part of the team that works on the long-term goals of RAILS and its member libraries. RAILS is such a valued and essential service to libraries in the northern half of Illinois. I think it would be tremendously interesting to represent such a large and diverse library membership. I hope to gain an even greater understanding and knowledge of librarianship in all of its forms and the challenges and accomplishments libraries experience in Illinois.

How do you feel RAILS would benefit from your involvement on the Board?

I would bring the perspective of small urban libraries that rely heavily on the services of a regional library system like RAILS while representing the overall interests of ALL RAILS member libraries. I understand and appreciate the value of services that RAILS provides beyond delivering materials. I see RAILS as essential to the health, growth, and accessibility of all libraries in the region it serves.

What do you see as the major challenges facing libraries today?

I think libraries and their staff have been deeply impacted by the pandemic. With little guidance from government agencies, we rely on services like RAILS to connect library professionals and their institutions to help us navigate uncertainty and continue to provide accessibility and information. I fear that libraries are often undervalued and not utilized by a majority of community members. We must continue to show our relevance and how we are a vital asset to individuals and communities beyond the misconception that libraries "just have books".

How will your background and experience be of help to RAILS as we pursue our Strategic Plan initiatives?

I have worked in public libraries for over 20 years and have worn many hats - outreach, adult services, early childhood initiatives, and now administration. I bring a broad perspective and understanding of all aspects of public librarianship including a dedication to EDI initiatives, fiscal accountability, strategic planning, and leadership. I have spent my entire library career developing resources and services for diverse communities and needs.


Christal Beyer

Markham Public Library, Library Director
Christal Beyer

Why are you interested in serving on the RAILS Board? What do you hope to gain from the experience?

I'm a new library director, and I hope to benefit from the learning experiences provided by serving on the RAILS Board. We never stop growing.

How do you feel RAILS would benefit from your involvement on the Board?

I have worked in academic and public libraries for 20 years and found great joy in both environments. I am deeply committed to library service and hope to continue to grow and be an active member on the RAILS Board. I am also fluent in Spanish and am happy to contribute my linguistic skills to the Board.

What do you see as the major challenges facing libraries today?

I see varying degrees of disconnect between the communities we serve and public libraries. I hope to learn how to continue to bridge these gaps.

How will your background and experience be of help to RAILS as we pursue our Strategic Plan initiatives?

I seek a high level of engagement with the RAILS Board. I've worked in large and small public libraries and can attest to challenges and strengths within each of these groups. My background may come in handy as we contemplate change for the future and how each library system handles change.


Meg Golembiewski

Prospect Heights Public Library District, Reference Librarian
Meg Golembiewski

Why are you interested in serving on the RAILS Board? What do you hope to gain from the experience?

I believe that resource and information sharing is at the heart of librarianship, both in sharing resources with patrons as well as for professional development. Therefore, RAILS's mission to ensure resource sharing among member libraries and strengthen the Illinois library community is one I enthusiastically support. I look forward to promoting and ensuring that this important work is continued and made accessible for library users and staff alike. In addition, I look forward to gaining leadership experience and networking opportunities with librarians working in all types of libraries across Illinois.

How do you feel RAILS would benefit from your involvement on the Board?

I have twelve years' experience in public libraries, which gives me insight into what users expect from ILL services. My leadership experience includes serving as an elected staff representative for our library's strategic plan process. In addition, I have served on committees through CCS (my library's consortium). I served on the User Experience Advisory Committee 2020-2021 and on the Patron Access Services Committee since 2019, these past two years as secretary and chair-elect respectively. I also serve on the advisory board of LACONi's Technology Section, which creates professional development opportunities.

What do you see as the major challenges facing libraries today?

I believe Access and Advocacy are at the forefront of issues facing libraries. Library users deserve access to a variety of materials that reflect the diversity and experiences of their communities as well as the larger world. Beyond sharing these materials it's important to confront larger issues, such as digital divide, economic disparity, and systematic racism, that impact users' abilities to receive quality and current information. Librarians cannot face these challenges alone. Advocacy ensures that users, stakeholders and decision makers alike understand the mission and services of libraries and implement policies to support that mission.

How will your background and experience be of help to RAILS as we pursue our Strategic Plan initiatives?

Personally, I have used RAILS resources for my own continuing professional development as a librarian. I have worked over 12 years in various roles in public libraries in the RAILS system. I know how important resource sharing is in ensuring that patrons have access to materials that may be outside the scope of their home library's collection, as well as for the professional development of staff. I have participated in library level initiatives for creating a staff culture code and EDI activities and am excited to help RAILS build and promote resources to help Illinois librarians work on these vital issues to ensure that our libraries are for all.


Public Library Trustee Seat

Dorothy Clark-Smith

Bellwood Public Library
Dorothy Clark-Smith

Why are you interested in serving on the RAILS Board? What do you hope to gain from the experience?

I am interested in serving on the RAILS Board because I would like to take part in the RAILS Mission Statement, Vision, and Strategic Plan to use as a template to assist other libraries who don't have these plans in place. I am also interested in how to get grants for libraries, and plan on sharing this knowledge with neighboring libraries. I hope to gain from this experience a vast knowledge of RAILS resources, and programs, and make new friends. Also, to help neighboring libraries tap into all of the resources and programs that RAILS offer.

How do you feel RAILS would benefit from your involvement on the Board?

RAILS would benefit from my involvement on the Board because I am a retired Chicago Public School Teacher, who knows the importance of libraries. I have 17 years of experience as a Bellwood Public Library Trustee. I have served as Vice President an currently President of the Bellwood Public Library Board. I am a hard worker, and work well with people. I also am a member of the ILA Trustee Forum Board, where I have served as President. This Board will be beneficial to RAILS because I can network, and advocate for RAILS with my fellow ILA Trustees.

What do you see as the major challenges facing libraries today?

What I see as the major challenges facing libraries today are the the following: 1. The ongoing Policy and Procedure changes related to the Covid 19 Pandemic. 2. Senior Citizens are not familiar with technology, We need to offer services for them. 3. Not having enough diversity in the libraries, 4. Libraries don't have a designated place or materials for the Special Need Individuals. 5. Another challenge is language barriers.

How will your background and experience be of help to RAILS as we pursue our Strategic Plan initiatives?

My background and 17 years of experience as a Bellwood Public Library Board Trustee, has allowed me to understand the process of managing a library and networking with other libraries. My seventeen years of experience, and 6 years of experience as the Bellwood Library Board President presents me at an advantage in regards experience with networking opportunities with other Trustees in the state of Illinois.


Dianne Hollister

Bloomington Public Library
Dianne Hollister

Why are you interested in serving on the RAILS Board? What do you hope to gain from the experience?

The RAILS Board has presented opportunities to increase my knowledge of the framework upon which our libraries cooperate, and our continual goal of improving services to Illinois communities. RAILS has introduced me to many facets and commitments within the library sphere including operational practices, independent practices of visiting libraries/library directors in central Illinois to listen to various points of view, as well as the recent EDI efforts and practices that have libraries rethinking, reflecting, and re-seeing libraries in 2022 and beyond. Collectively, our library communities have gained tremendously from cooperation among ALL libraries by sharing strategies, ideas, and addressing concerns/successes. My desire is to continue assisting RAILS efforts in reaching out on many levels to improve experiences for library patrons, library staff, and those contemplating library employment.

How do you feel RAILS would benefit from your involvement on the Board?

My past library employment, in special, public, and academic settings, offers an inclusive view of our singular as well as mutual concerns. My current and past library experiences include: Youth Services Librarian, Peoria Public Library, (1994-2012); Reference Librarian, Bradley University, (1995-2020) Trustee, Bloomington Public Library, (2017 to present); ILA Director-at-Large (2008-2011); Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Book Award Steering Committee (1996-2012); IL Reading Council-Rebecca Caudill Representative (1996-2012); ALA Member (1994 to present); President/Chair, Friends of Bradley University Library, (2019-2022); RAILS EDI Chair, (2020 to present); Steward, Little Free Libraries of America, (2014 to present); Guide-Docent-Volunteer, McLean County Museum of History, (2017 to present).

What do you see as the major challenges facing libraries today?

Funding for ALL libraries remains an ongoing challenge. However, from my observation, the prevalence of misinformation poses confusion and distrust among citizens. Of particular concern to me are individuals outside the library sphere who take exception to specific items within the collection and are unable to accept the need for a diversity of works made available for all library patrons.

How will your background and experience be of help to RAILS as we pursue our Strategic Plan initiatives?

Personally, I have found that patrons, having either public or academic library privileges, are unaware that they may avail themselves of materials/database access outside the public library/academic libraries where they are cardholders. As a retired librarian, I have found that that reciprocal borrowing between academic and public libraries varies; I would like to see library users from public and academic libraries gaining an awareness of how their library cards will assist in accessing resources.


Jay E. Kasten

Fremont Public Library District
Jay Kasten

Why are you interested in serving on the RAILS Board? What do you hope to gain from the experience?

Serving on the RAILS Board will allow me to continue to advocate for the library community, continue to collaborate with my fellow colleagues, share my knowledge and experiences, and represent all libraries no matter their size or location.

How do you feel RAILS would benefit from your involvement on the Board?

Being a returning RAILS Board member and having traveled to several of the libraries within the RAILS service area, this would allow me to continue my work advocating on the evolving issues and questions that still are unanswered. Having served on the ILA Trustee Forum for eight years and as a public library Board member for twenty six years at two different libraries, I have a unique perspective, foundation, outlook and experiences on how to resolve conflict, complete tasks, projects, strategic planning and long range goals.

What do you see as the major challenges facing libraries today?

First, I believe continued funding is the major challenge, secondly, hiring and retaining qualified and/or MLIS librarians, then, continuously advocating, promoting and marketing the importance, value, vision and benefits of libraries, and finally, universal service to all patrons.

How will your background and experience be of help to RAILS as we pursue our Strategic Plan initiatives?

Having already served on the RAILS Board, I have collaborated with many in the library community on these exact issues and continue to do so on a local level. I have served in the Chair and President positions as a library Trustee, and Chaired many committees within the library community. I have been involved in designing and writing strategic plans, long range planning, and l have assisted in promoting legislative issues in Illinois. My travels have taken me from Springfield, to Coal City, to Rock Island County, to McClean County, to Peoria County and others, I have talked with many library members along the way regarding their specific issues affecting them and collaborating on favorable and beneficial outcomes.


Vanessa Villarreal

Lake Villa District Library
Vanessa Villareal

Why are you interested in serving on the RAILS Board? What do you hope to gain from the experience?

I am interested in serving on the RAILS Board because I would like to help the library worker's voice be heard. I also would like to assist with making meaning decisions for our library community. Also, as a Mexican-American woman I want to be able to show other BIPOC workers that they are being represented and they can do it too.

How do you feel RAILS would benefit from your involvement on the Board?

I am in a bit of a unquie position, not only am I an elected board member for my local library but I am also a Children's librarian. So I have experience with how libraries are managed and experience as a library worker. I would be able not only provide my feedback as a trustee but also as a library worker.

What do you see as the major challenges facing libraries today?

Major challenges I see today are management of staff, EDI initiatives not being taken as seriously as it should be, and Book challenges or Book Bans.

How will your background and experience be of help to RAILS as we pursue our Strategic Plan initiatives?

My background and experiences will be a help to RAILS as they pursue initiatives because of my current roles as a library board trustee, an upcoming USC Marshall School of Business graduate, and a children's librarian. I am aware of the challenges librarians are facing such as burnout, wearing too many hats, not being supported by management, concerns about paying for graduate school, book bans happening across the country, and many more. With this on-the-ground awareness, I can help RAILS be an even better support system for libraries and librarians. I also try to help get everyone of all nationalities interested in libraries. I have provided some guidance and support to a few BIPOC library workers to get their degrees or apply for library jobs. I think libraries have more work to do when representing their communities. The staff should represent the community as much as possible. I am a member of RAILS BIPOC Workers as well and being an active member has helped me create a subgroup called Mental Health Group. In this subgroup, I help BIPOC library workers by giving them a judgment-free space for them to be vulnerable to say what has been going on in the work that has been affecting them. I want to continue to do this and be able to make some changes or provide solid resources to help others who may be treated unfairly, racism existing in the workplace, or even just navigating how to pay for school.


Vickie Williams

Riverdale Public Library District
Vickie Williams

Why are you interested in serving on the RAILS Board? What do you hope to gain from the experience?

I would like to see more smaller district libraries represented on boards such as the RAILS Board as these libraries have very special unique needs. Many libraries located especially in the Chicago South Suburbs are economically challenged and a number of them do not have very robust budgets due to low tax collections. I hope to gain more knowledge into library systems, financials, programs, etc. to bring back to our board and library staff.

How do you feel RAILS would benefit from your involvement on the Board?

I believe my experience as current Board President and Trustee for 3 years will be a value to the RAILS Board. I am actively involved here in the Village of Riverdale community, and I have served on both the Firefighters and Police Pension Boards for the past 2 years. I also have over 10 years experience in Financial Management and Budget compilation and analysis with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois. I believe my experience would be of great value to the RAILS Board.

What do you see as the major challenges facing libraries today?

Libraries are becoming more of a media hub than just books. Keeping up with current technology trends in software and hardware, determining relevant and interesting programs for the community, reaching all age groups from children to senior citizens are just a few of the challenges facing libraries today,

How will your background and experience be of help to RAILS as we pursue our Strategic Plan initiatives?

I have very good communication and analytical skills that I believe will be of value to RAILS. The Riverdale Public Library went through a major transition in the past year. The board had to terminate the former director, hire an interim director, go through the entire hiring process (using a recruiting firm). As a newer Board President (1 year in May 2022), I had to really dig in and learn how the library functions in al aspects - and I am still learning! Thankfully, we had a great interim director that took the time to explain everything very clearly to the board during this past year.


Special Library Seat

Eugene Giudice

Dentons US LLP, Research Services Training Specialist
Eugene Giudice

Why are you interested in serving on the RAILS Board? What do you hope to gain from the experience?

I have spent my entire career working in special libraries and I think working on the RAILS board will make me a more well rounded librarian.

How do you feel RAILS would benefit from your involvement on the Board?

I have an extensive professional network and my experience as a special librarian would bring an added dimension to the RAILS board.

What do you see as the major challenges facing libraries today?

I feel the major challenges facing libraries are the lack of information literacy and the politicization of access to materials.

How will your background and experience be of help to RAILS as we pursue our Strategic Plan initiatives?

I have worked in many different environments outside of libraries and that experience joined with my collaboration and facilitation skills will help bring out the best in those that I come in contact with, which in turn will lead to RAILS and their member libraries manifest the vision laid out in the strategic plan.


Juanita Harrell

DuPage County Law Library, Law Library Manager/Director
Juanita Harrell

Why are you interested in serving on the RAILS Board? What do you hope to gain from the experience?

It will give me an opportunity to represent and put the spotlight on special libraries. I hope to learn more about RAILS and other member libraries.

How do you feel RAILS would benefit from your involvement on the Board?

I will be able to bring the perspective of a person who has both special library and public library experience. I hope to be able to increase special libraries participation in RAILS.

What do you see as the major challenges facing libraries today?

There are a quite a few challenges that I see facing libraries today. Some include diversifying staff, libraries and patrons having access to digital books, excessive book challenges, and fighting against misinformation.

How will your background and experience be of help to RAILS as we pursue our Strategic Plan initiatives?

I have been working in libraries for over twelve years. I have a public library and law library/legal background. I have been a teen services, law and health and wellness librarian. These various positions allow me to bring a different and varied perspective to the RAILS board and the libraries we serve.