|Candidate For (position)||Vice-President/President Elect|
|Name||Tom R Taylor|
|Current Position||Director, Andover Kansas Public Library|
|Previous Position(s)||Member Library Services Coordinator, South Central Kansas Library System
Library Assistant, University of South Florida
Library Assistant, Seminole Florida Community Library
Supervisor, Newton Kansas Public Library
|Education (degrees earned and from where)||MLIS, University of South Florida
BA History, Bethel College (KS)
|Professional activities, especially those in MPLA or relevant to this position||MPLA: Beginning Professional Award 2010, Leadership Institute Fellow 2010, Professional Development Committee 2011-2015 Chair 2013-2014, Leadership Institute Committee 2017.
Wichita Area Library Association: President 2016-2017, Board 2014-present.
Leadership Butler County Kansas: Fellow 2017.
Rotary Club of Andover Kansas: President 2017, Secretary 2015-2017, Sergeant at Arms 2014-2015.
American Library Association member 2007-present.
|MPLA member since (year)||2009|
|What ability, talent, interest, or strength would you bring to this position?||I am an experienced leader, event planner, trainer and public speaker.
I have experience as a leader of both institutions and professional organizations. I have been fortunate to have received leadership training at MPLA's Leadership Institute, Leadership Butler and the Kansas Leadership Center. I have had the opportunity to put it into action as a library director and president of both the Wichita Area Library Association and my local Rotary club.
In my previous position at the South Central Kansas Library System, I planned, organized and presented library workshops and training opportunities.
I have a lot of experience with public speaking including competition, coaching and serving as Master of Ceremonies.
|What would you like to accomplish during your term of office?||I believe that MPLA is a fantastic organization that has great opportunities for its members. I want other librarians to know about it. I'd like to increase the visibility of MPLA in our region, which I believe will increase membership. I believe in empowering people to do well. I'd like to do my part to help empower MPLA members to make our organization even better.|