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Gerber/Hart seeks board members
2019-01-16

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The Gerber/Hart Library and Archives, 6500 N. Clark St., is seeking new board members in 2019, as a number of its current members are rotating off at the end of their terms, according to a press release.

Founded in 1981, Gerber/Hart is an LGBTQ community-based archive and library.

Gerber/Hart seeks board members who can provide skill and knowledge in any of the following three areas:

—The library needs individuals with the ability to help us expand its financial resources and manage our finances. This can be done through such means as broadening and increasing our number of committed individual donors as well as assisting in researching and applying for grants from foundations. The skills of an accountant will also help oversee our budgetary and book-keeping process.

—The library needs individuals who can help expand its public programming and to publicize its work and mission so that larger audiences attend events and make use of the library educational resources. Gerber/Hart hopes to become a destination for a larger and more diverse number of community members and allies.

—The library needs individuals with experience in libraries and archives who can help us develop policies about priorities in terms of acquisition and development of our collections.

According to John D'Emilio, the current president of the board of directors, "Gerber/Hart is in a stronger, more secure place than it has ever been. Thanks to our outgoing president, Carrie Barnett, and our director, Wil Brant, its collections are in better order and more accessible than ever before."

Planning is already underway for Gerber/Hart's next major exhibit, which will honor the 50th anniversary, in June, of the Stonewall uprising and detail the "gay liberation" era in Chicago.

For more information about Gerber/Hart, visit GerberHart.org . Those interested in being board members should email mail john.demilio@gerberhart.org .


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