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
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.
For a couple of years, I teamed up with some talented associates as a writer, speaker, and consultant. As of January, 2016, I have accepted a position as the director of the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom, and the Freedom to Read Foundation. That announcement first ran here. So this is now more a personal website. I no longer have a business address in Castle Rock. To contact me personally, use jlarue [at] jlarue [dot] com. Professionally, use firstname.lastname@example.org.