Candidates for IHLS Board of Directors Election

Voting for the IHLS Board of Directors is done via an online survey/ballot. The link to that survey was distributed via the IHLS Announce listserv on March 15, 2014. EACH MEMBER LIBRARY RECEIVES JUST ONE VOTE. This is a preview ballot for viewing the candidates prior to voting. 

New to the election this year is a provision for write-in candidates for 2 of the seats. Because there were no nominees to fill the open Special Library seat and one of the Public Library Trustee seats, voters will be able to write in a candidate as they cast their ballot. The eligible nominee with the most votes will win the respective seat. Eligibility will be verified by the IHLS Nominating Committee. If no eligible candidate steps forward in this election, any empty seat will be filled by the IHLS Board President, as approved by the full IHLS Board.Please consult with your board, branches, or others as needed prior to voting. One designated person should then vote on behalf of the entire member library using the link distributed on the IHLS Announce listserv.

VOTING DEADLINE: 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, APRIL 15, 2014


Academic Library Representative Slate (choose 1):

Spencer Michael Brayton
Lumpkin Library, Blackburn College, Carlinville
Head Librarian

Mr. Brayton is originally from Wisconsin and received his MLS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Currently, he is the Head Librarian at Blackburn College and is pursuing a second master’s degree in Management. “There are several reasons for wanting to serve on the Board. First, it would allow me to become more acquainted with library services within the state of Illinois. Second, I feel that collaborating with and supporting all libraries is crucial for the future development of librarianship. Last, I believe this service is a part of professional development for any librarian, which helps us progress our field.”

Sandra West
Rend Lake College Learning Resource Center, Ina
Coordinator of Technical Services and Collection Management

Ms. West is responsible for collection development including selection and acquisitions of library material, cataloging and processing the material for circulation. She manages budgets for the library's print and audiovisual collections. Ms. West works closely with the college’s academic departments to build collections to support the educational endeavors of the students, faculty, and staff. She holds a B.A. in Business and Leadership from Judson College and regularly attends cataloging and circulation meetings for SHARE members. She currently sits on the SHARE Bibliographic and Cataloging Standards Committee. “Serving on the IHLS Board would broaden my current understanding of the IHLS function and support of member libraries.”


School Library Representative Slate (choose 1):

Alayna Davies-Smith
O'Fallon School District, O'Fallon
District Media Specialist

Ms. Davies-Smith has served as the District Media Specialist at O’Fallon School District 90 for nine years. Prior to this current position, she served as a private high school librarian, an academic librarian for several community colleges and a cataloger for a special library. She received her M.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois in Urbana in 1982. Her bachelor’s degree is in Psychology from McKendree College, and she has done post graduate work in Educational Administration and coursework in a Reading Specialist endorsement curriculum. She also worked part-time as a reference librarian at St. Charles City County Library, St. Charles, Missouri. “In my current position, I serve over 3,000 students, 150+ staff members in seven buildings; K-8. I am in my second (final) year as a member of the SHARE Executive Council where I am passionate about making sure the unique needs of school libraries are understood and addressed.”

Rachel Fuller
Rochester Community Unit School District, Rochester
Director of Library/Media Services

Ms. Fuller has a unique role at a school library and a public library. In addition to her work as the director of library and media services at the Rochester Community Unit School District, she is also the adult program coordinator at the Rochester Public Library. Because she is employed in both a K-12 school district and public library, Ms. Fuller has experience working with both SHARE and non-SHARE IHLS libraries. Prior to her time at Rochester, she worked at Riverton High School as a library media specialist and received the 2011 ISLMA Scholarship. She served as a member of the IHLS Advisory Council and was selected as a member of the 2013 ILEAD USA Instructor Corps.



Public Library Trustee Representative Slate 1 (choose 1):

Valerie Green (Unopposed)
Barclay Public Library, Warrensburg,
President, Barclay Public Library Board of Trustees

Ms. Green has served as a Board of Trustee member for 15 years and as president for the past 14 years. She has served library systems for over 6 years as a board member as well as president. She participated in the southern systems merger talks, the southern system planning panel, and served as vice-president of the IHLS transition board. Ms. Green has attended legislative days, trustee forums, small pubs conferences, ILA conferences, various workshops and legal forums on behalf of the members she serves. She has participated in numerous groups and organizations while emphasizing the importance of libraries, its services, its relevance to education for all ages, and its ability to improve communities.


Public Library Trustee Representative Slate 2 (write-in):

Please write-in a candidate name and library for the Public Library Trustee seat.


Special Library Representative Slate (choose 1):

Please write-in a candidate name and library for the Special Library Representative seat.