...to the most exciting time in the history not just of libraries and
...not just of community development
...but in the history of our species.
My name is James (Jamie) LaRue. I have been passionately in love with libraries since I was about 6 years old. I founded the Library Club in 7th Grade (really). I worked as a circulation clerk through college at the Normal Public Library in Normal, IL (the most misnamed town in America). I founded an all-volunteer library in rural Arivaca, AZ. I worked as a clerk and graduate assistant at the Graduate Library of the University of Illinois, in Urbana-Champaign. After a couple of other hops and skips, I became director of the county library system in Douglas County, Colorado, then ranked as one of the worst public libraries in the state. Sixteen years later, it was ranked as one of the top public libraries not just in the nation, but globally.
After spending most of my adult life learning how to move one library forward, after learning how to build teams that taught me far more than I taught them, after launching the careers of many fine library directors, now I'd like to help move many libraries forward. I'm eager to work with a rising generation of leaders, and civic volunteers who know that the time is right to reclaim the public sector.
But this site is not about me. It's about you. The library is a potent force for individual and community transformation. It is a tool for personal, educational, civic, economic, and societal development.
How can I, and my associates, help you to make things better?