As a longtime professional colleague of Win Fox, candidate for Oak Park Public Library's board, I didn't want to miss the opportunity to second this newspaper's endorsement, and to encourage residents to vote for her on April 9. A phrase in the editorial, "board members need to be savvy enough to understand the increasingly important role technology plays in information services while still defending and maintaining print resources," especially caught my attention.
Mrs. Fox worked for most of her career as a school library media specialist in Montgomery County, Maryland, a school system consisting of 201 schools led by one school board. Mrs. Fox worked at two elementary schools during the course of her career. During these years she moved forward with the changes in the profession including the move from card catalogs (for those of you who remember them!) to automated, searchable catalogs and circulation systems. She was one of the first seven school librarians in the district to run a computer network – and yes there were no tech people, other than the one librarian in each school.
She did work with children most of her career, but also spent nine years working as a law librarian. This dual background gives her a great understanding of the breadth of librarianship and the breadth of public library services.
I think voting for Win Fox on April 9 is a no-brainer!
Marjorie B. Geldon
Coordinator of Evaluation & Selection of Instructional Materials, Retired, Montgomery County Public Schools, Md.
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