Tom Taylor
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.