"I'm guessing this isn't the first time you've heard this, but you really have a gift for creative thinking and eloquent speaking." - Michelle Luhtala, Library Department chair, New Canaan (CT) High School,
"I have lost count of the number of comments received from staff expressing how inspired they were by your words." - Susan Lyon (director, Learning Engagement Manager at Richland Library, Columbia, South Carolina Area Libraries)
"Jamie LaRue has been a thought leader in Colorado libraries for almost two decades. He provides inspiring and illuminating talks with a calm and engaging style. I would recommend him for library staff days and keynotes on future of librarians, leadership, and intellectual freedom." - Sharon Morris, former Director of Library Development, Colorado State Library
Webjunction webinar comments:
"Jamie LaRue is a terrific presenter. Very well organized and concise, yet informative."
"The speaker was engaging and the topic was relevant and interesting. Probably one of the best WebJunction webinars I have participated in."
"The presenter is just plain extraordinary. Inspirational."
Casey VanHaren, Prescott Valley Public Library. I want to send my sincere appreciation to Jamie LaRue for his guidance and assistance in helping us achieve our goal of developing strategic initiatives from our community assessment. ... without Jamie’s professional and timely commitment I don’t think our project would have been as impactful. Jamie was extremely patient and thoughtful during staff interactions. Staff appreciated his demeanor and felt all concerns and ideas were heard.
Judy Poe, Library Director, Sedona Public Library: Working with Jamie is an absolute joy! His ability to coalesce our board, staff, and management input, adapt to our needs, and guide us through a Community Needs Assessment was nothing short of amazing. Jamie’s depth of a knowledge and experience along with his intrinsic love of process and people helped us learn exactly what we needed to know to create a vision and strategic plan that truly reflects the needs and desires of our unique community. His intuition is spot on with both individuals and groups. I don’t quite know how he does it—I believe he’s got a bit of magic in him!"
Claudine Perrault (Director, Estes Valley Public Library District, Estes Park, CO): Jamie's enthusiasm is infectious. His imagination - invigorating. He was and is one of the great human development specialists...
Joseph Sanchez (Director, University of Hawaii at Hilo, Edwin H. Mookini Library): Jamie’s talent is that he doesn’t simply give me a set of answers, but rather coaches and develops me into someone capable of finding the answers myself. I feel like I have skipped 10 years of hard learning and growth, thanks to Jamie’s expert coaching.”
Alysa Selby, Director, Bud Werner Memorial Library, Steamboat Springs, CO): In the words of John Maxwell, "One of the greatest values of mentors is the ability to see ahead of what others cannot see and to help them navigate a course to their destination." Jamie is that and more! I was terrified to assume the mantle of an organization that had been led by a beloved director of 37 years, and yet, over a very short period of time, I came away confident of my abilities and comforted by a friendship that was always at the ready to help me navigate whatever crisis that came my way. "Gratitude" is the only word that comes to mind when I reflect on this priceless partnership.