Library Trustee

MeNMarcusIt’s Elec­tion Time and I’m Ask­ing for Your Vote

I’ve been a trustee for the Pla­cen­tia Library Dis­trict for a lit­tle over four years now. Our term of office is just four years, so it’s time for me to run again for re-election. Last time, I was the “appointed incum­bent.” This time, I am no longer appointed. I’m the real deal.

Why should you vote for me?

I’ve learned so much in my first four years. When I first took office, I con­fess, I didn’t know the details involved in being a trustee. I only knew that I wanted to help my library.

Now I know what being a trustee means. It means that I have a duty to care­fully review the bud­get so that our cit­i­zens and patrons get the most out of our library. It means that I have to read our library poli­cies and pro­ce­dures with an eye toward what makes sense. I have to review our library director’s goals and accom­plish­ments. Good thing I’m not alone — I have four team mem­bers who offer their rec­om­men­da­tions, dis­cuss the issues, and work together to make good choices. And I have to do it all within the bounds of the Brown Act, which is all about transparency.

To ensure that I under­stood all these jobs, I took work­shops and train­ing ses­sions, to make me the best trustee I could be.

I believe in libraries, now more than ever. They are the last bas­tion of free knowl­edge to our cit­i­zens — not just of our own com­mu­nity, but for any­one who walks through the doors. I believe they should be liv­ing enti­ties, involved in serv­ing people’s needs. This means they need to keep up with what’s hap­pen­ing, from tech­no­log­i­cal advance­ments to the changes in the socio-economic struc­ture of the area they serve.

 

Who am I? Here’s my bio:

Trustee Car­line has a B.S. in Com­puter Sci­ence from Cal­i­for­nia State Uni­ver­sity Fuller­ton and spent nearly thirty years in the aero­space indus­try as a soft­ware engi­neer. Dur­ing that time, she mar­ried Dale Car­line and had a son, Mar­cus. Her first love was always writ­ing, and in 2000 she also became a jour­nal­ist for Cal­i­for­nia Rid­ing Mag­a­zine. She left Raytheon Com­pany in 2004 in order to con­cen­trate on writ­ing and be more involved with her son’s activities.

Trustee Carline’s vol­un­teer efforts included being Pres­i­dent of the Valen­cia High School Choir Boost­ers and work­ing on the VHS Grad Night fes­tiv­i­ties. Once her son left for col­lege, she turned to her sec­ond love — the local library, and joined the Pla­cen­tia Library Friends Foun­da­tion, where she was a board mem­ber for two years.

Trustee Car­line has been writ­ing a weekly humor col­umn for the Pla­cen­tia News-Times since 2005, and has writ­ten two mur­der mys­ter­ies, set in Pla­cen­tia. She is as pas­sion­ate about libraries as she is about books.

That’s pretty much who I am and what I think about libraries in gen­eral and Placentia’s in par­tic­u­lar. I’d like to con­tinue to serve the com­mu­nity as a Trustee. If you’d like to give me that chance, please vote for Gayle Car­line on Novem­ber 8th.

Thank you.

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