United for Libraries Election Candidate Donald L. Roalkvam

Donald L. Roalkvam  Donald L. Roalkvam

  Candidate for Trustee at Large




Current Position:

Treasurer, Board of Library Trustees, Indian Trails Public Library District, Wheeling, IL

Previous Positions:

Procurement Analyst/Contractor for Kraft Foods/Kelly Services - 2012 to present
Retirement and part time work - 2010 through 2011
IT Consultant/Business Analyst/Purchasing Agent for Allstate Insurance - 1981 through 2009

Degrees and Certificates:

Luther College, B.A., Political Science/Business Administration, 1970

ALA and/or ALA-APA Activities:

ALA Council Illinois Chapter Councilor - 2009 to 2012; ALA Council ALTA/ALTAFF (United for Libraries) Division Councilor - 2003 to 2005; ALA Clift/Hoy General Scholarship Jury, Member - 2011 to Present; ALA Membership Committee, United For Libraries Liaison - 2012 to Present; ALA Chapter Relations Committee, Member - 2013 to present; ALA Membership Meetings Committee - 2010 to 2013; ALA Scholarship and Study Grants Committee, Member - 2008 to 2010; ALA Conference Committee, Member - 2008 to 2011; ALA Nominating Committee, Member - 2004 to 2005; United for Libraries Annual Conference Program Committee - 2013 to present; ALTA/ALTAFF (United for Libraries) Board of Directors, Member - 2001 to 2009; ALTA/ALTAFF (United for Libraries) President - 2007 to 2008;

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

Illinois Library Association Board of Directors, Member 2009 - 2012; Illinois Library Association Trustee Forum Board of Directors, Member 2012 - Present; Illinois Library Association Conference Committee, Member 2005 - 2007;

Honors and Awards (library and non-library):

Illinois Library Association Trustee of the Year - 2007

Major Accomplishments:

Coordinated the joining of the Association of Library Trustees and Advocates with the Friends of Libraries USA into one ALA Division as the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends, and Foundations which is now United for Libraries.

Statement of Professional Concerns/Aspirations if Elected:

Library advocates must work in their communities to show the economic value of their library and library organizations nationwide. Advocacy is a two way street. It is not just telling local, state, and national leaders what the library needs but it is also listening to our library customers and meeting their expectations. To remain relevant a library must provide the services and programs the public wants and needs. It is not enough to just to cut spending; with constantly tightening budgets we must find ways to more wisely use the money we have. We must build partnerships with business and community groups to help provide funds for needed programs and special projects. We must constantly remind legislators, local government officials, the business community, and the public at large that libraries are the central source to provide information to all economic levels ensuring access and opportunities for education for all.

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