March 31, 2016
Keynote Speaker Jamie LaRue
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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.
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.