Connie Elder has spent 29 years working for the Carmi-White County School District in a variety of roles, During that same time, she has also been privileged to serve on governing boards and fundraising committees for various worthy causes with a special focus on literacy owing to her lengthy tenure as a middle school librarian.
Connie was a founding Board member of Friends of the Carmi Public Library, serving as President for 7 consecutive years and remaining an active member to this day. After serving several years on the Board of Directors of the Shawnee Library System (a large regional library system within the IL State Library), Connie was eventually elected President there as well. In that role, she was responsible for approving multi-million dollar budgets, maintaining physical assets, managing relationships with employees and union reps as well as overseeing the merger of the Shawnee system with two neighboring library systems. She also continues to serve as a judge for the annual “Illinois Letters for Literature” contest for the Illinois State Library.