Election Candidate: Nann Blaine Hilyard

Nann Blaine Hilyard  Nann Blaine Hilyard

   Candidate for Division Councilor





Current Position:

Director, Zion-Benton Public Library, Zion, IL

Previous Positions:

Director, Lake Villa *IL) District Library, 1998-2002
Director, Fargo (ND) Public Library, 1994-1998
Director, Auburn (ME) Public Library, 1982-1994

Degrees and Certificates:

University of Missouri, AM in Library Science, 1974.
University of Missouri, AB in Library Science, 1973.

ALA and/or ALA-APA Activities:

ALA: Maine Chapter Councilor 87-90; Councilor-at-Large 1998-2004 & 2010-2013; Exec Bd 2004-2007. PBA 1988-89; Chapter Relations 1991-94; Library Advocacy Now 1992-96, Resolutions 2001-03, COO 2001, Public Programs 2009-11, Chapter Orientation 2012-13, Chm 2012.
PLA: Sm Med Lib Sec Pres 1997-98; Lib Dev Cluster 1999-2002, Chm. 2001-02,  Leg Comm 93-95, IFC 1999-02; Public Libraries Advisory 2003-05; Rep to ALTAFF Board, 2007-09; University Press Books 1990-94 & 2009-11, Chm 2011. Perspectives Column co-editor, Public Libraries journal, 1998-present.
RUSA:  University Press Books, Chm, 2012-14.
UFL: Program Committee, 2010-11.

Offices held in state/regional library associations, and other associations:

Maine LA: Treasurer, 85-87; VP 1988-90; Pres 1990-92. Maine Library Commission 1984-94, Chm 1991-93.
North Dakota LA: Public Libraries Section Pres. 1996-97.
Illinois LA: PL Forum Chair, 1999-2000; Intellectual Freedom, 2003-05; Fundraising 2006-08; Membership 2009-10.
White House Conference on Library & Information Services Taskforce: Transition Team, 1991-92; Vice Chm, 1992-96; Newsletter Ed. 1996-2000.

Honors and Awards (library and non-library):

White House Conference Taskforce Achievement Award, 1996.

Major Accomplishments:

Cofounder and convenor, ALA BiblioQuilters Taskforce, 1998-present (major fundraiser for ERT Hoy Scholarship).
Audiobook reviewer since 1993.
American Association of University Women, 1975-present:  Branch President (ME, ND, & IL); ND State Pres. 1996-98; Assn. Public Policy Comm. 1997-2001; IL Public Policy Director 2000-02, Newsletter Editor 2008-10; Program VP, 2010-12; Finance Director 2013-15.
Rotary, 1992-94 & 2003-present:  IL Beach Sunrise Club president 2007-08; bulletin editor, 2009-present.
Zion Area Chamber of Commerce:  board member, 2011-14.
Zion-Benton Leadership Academy:  founder & co-chairman, 2012 & continuing.
P.E.O. Sisterhood, 1985-present; various local offices.
Northern Lake County Quilters Guild, 1998-present; president, 2012-14.
Zion Woman's Club, 2007-present.
Alpha Gamma Delta Fraternity, 1970-present.

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Statement of Professional Concerns/Aspirations if Elected:

Good libraries create good communities. Good communities create good libraries." I have taken that statement to heart and I see it in action every day at my public library. Library advocates and library practitioners share their love for libraries. They know that libraries have the power to change people's lives. It is our collective, collaborative effort that delivers the library message to city halls, to state capitols, and to Washington. Funding is essential and equitable access is critical. ALA is the recognized and respected voice for libraries and librarianship. ALA Council determines ALA's policies and approves ALA's strategic plan. I have served as chapter councilor, councilor-at-large, and on Executive Board. I understand how ALA works. As UFL councilor I will speak for Friends, trustees, and all advocates in the shaping of ALA policy to ensure the best library service for everyone.

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