Education: B.A., Carleton College, and J.D., Northwestern University.
Job/role: Appellate attorney for the Office of the State Appellate Defender, a state agency
Family: Husband Dr. Philip River, and a daughter.
Other elected positions: Currently president of the Homewood Library Board of Trustees; former trustee of the Village of Park Forest.
The most important ongoing issues in a library’s governance are responsible fiscal management; meeting the needs of patrons; retaining and attracting staff; and ensuring that the library provides materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues and does not proscribe or remove materials because of doctrinal disapproval.
- Continued remodeling of building and grounds to 1) Accommodate patron and staff needs, such as adding more study rooms, a quiet area, and additional staff offices; 2) Replace or add furniture, computers, carpeting (ongoing) as needed; and 3) Use native plants where feasible for environmental and educational benefits (ongoing).
- Increase percentage of budget spent on books and other materials to more than 10%.
- Survey the community on its use of the library and its needs (survey forthcoming).
- Continue to investigate areas to reduce costs, such as liability insurance and legal fees.