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New Hampshire

March 7, 2013

Four seek three library seats in Windham

WINDHAM — A four-candidate field for three seats on the library trustee board includes an incumbent and a former trustee.

All the candidates see the future role of technology as a big deal for Nesmith Library.

Patricia Barstow is seeking re-election to a three-year term. Anne-Marie O’Neil is trying to return to the board.

The other candidates are Mimi Kolodziej and Cathy Robertson-Souter.

Here is a look at the candidates:

Patricia Barstow

Age: 59

Occupation: Homemaker

Incumbent: Yes

Elective experience: Library trustee

What is the most important issue facing library trustees? Transitioning to the digital age. We must continue to keep pace with technological advances while focusing on programming, other offerings and expanded funding possibilities.

Mimi Kolodziej

Age: 65

Occupation: Town planning assistant

Incumbent: No

Elective experience: None

What is the most important issue facing the library trustees? Striking a balance for access to both print and digital media across the patrons’ life cycle and funds that are needed to do that are critical.

Anne-Marie O’Neil

Age: 53

Occupation: Licensed nursing assistant

Incumbent: No

Elective experience: Library trustee

What is the most important issue facing library trustees? The library must embrace technological change, yet still offer books and electronic readers for all ages, while maintaining its magical charm.

Cathy Robertson-Souter

Age: 47

Occupation: Freelance writer, marketing specialist

Incumbent: No

Elective experience: None

What is the most important issue facing library trustees? Shepherding this important component of our social infrastructure into the technological future to connect with resources locally, through the GMILCS program and throughout the world.

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