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.
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.
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