about me

(This is written in third person, to let folks cut and paste.)

Jamie LaRue has appeared on National Public Radio, been quoted and highlighted in newspapers (the Denver Post, New York Times, the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal), magazines (Forbes, Governing), and has hosted an author interview cable TV program. A newspaper columnist for over two decades, he also wrote The New Inquisition: Understanding and Managing Intellectual Freedom Challenges (Libraries Unlimited, 2007). A frequent presenter for library associations, regional workshops, and library staff days, Jamie has also served as a facilitator, last-minute panelist, moderator, and master of ceremonies for everything from debates to awards dinners.

From 1990 to 2014, he was director of the Douglas County (Colorado) Libraries, widely known as one of the most successful and innovative public libraries in the nation. Awards include:

  • Colorado Librarian of the Year (1998)
  • Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce's Business Person of the Year (2003)
  • Julie J. Boucher (boo-SHAY) Award for Intellectual Freedom (2007)
  • Colorado Association of Libraries' Career Achievement Award (2013).
  • Renaming of the Highlands Ranch Library (Douglas County, CO) to the James H. LaRue Library (2013)

In 2014, he embarked on a career of writing, speaking, teaching, and consulting. From January 2016-November 2018, LaRue was Executive Director of both the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom, and the Freedom to Read Foundation. In 2019, he returned to independent consulting.

Inquiries should be directed to jlarue @ jlarue . com (first remove spacing in the address). Or call 720-530-4294. I am based in Denver, Colorado. Photo.