Jamie LaRue

Jamie LaRue

Library and Community Transformist

Jamie has been passionately in love with libraries since he was about 6 years old. He founded the Library Club in 7th Grade (really). He worked as a circulation clerk through college at the Normal Public Library in Normal, IL (the most misnamed town in America). Jamie founded an all-volunteer library in rural Arivaca, Arizona and 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, Jamie 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.

So what?

After spending most of his adult life learning how to move one library forward, after learning how to build teams that taught him far more than he taught them, after launching the careers of many fine library directors, now he’d like to help move many libraries forward. He’s 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 Jamie. 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.

 To book Jamie, please contact Denver Speakers Bureau at (303) 478-6652


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