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James LaRue
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Writer, speaker, consultant on the future of libraries.
Writer, speaker, consultant on the future of libraries.

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The fundamental dignity of human inquiry
Years ago, I came up with this phrase to describe why libraries matter: they are institutions dedicated to the recognition and support of the fundamental dignity of human inquiry. Curiosity is responsible for all the real gains in the quality of human life....

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Hate speech
My daughter lives in Berlin, with her German national husband. Germany has something called Volksverhetzung, which translates to “incitement of hatred.” Here, we would call it hate speech. In Germany, it’s illegal. According to Wikipedia, “the law requires ...

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Broken links
So I've merged my blog and my website. Many of these older entries (which I'm combing through) refer to things on the web that yield nothing. Newer bloggers know this: put the content in the post, not as a reference. So I apologize to folks who look for sci...

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the Last One Standing
[This article appeared in the January/February (volume 51, No. 1) issues of Public Libraries . Since then the link to the article has disappeared. So as copyright owner, I am putting it up on my blog.] The Last One Standing By James LaRue, Director Douglas ...

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the Last One Standing
[This article appeared in the January/February (volume 51, No. 1) issues of Public Libraries . Since then the link to the article has disappeared. So as copyright owner, I am putting it up on my blog.] The Last One Standing By James LaRue, Director Douglas ...

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the Last One Standing
[This article appeared in the January/February (volume 51, No. 1) issues of Public Libraries . Since then the link to the article has disappeared. So as copyright owner, I am putting it up on my blog.] The Last One Standing By James LaRue, Director Douglas ...

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Speaker information
I've created this post for folks who bring me in as a speaker. Typically, they want three things: a brief biography/blurb, a photo, and a description of the session I'm giving. Here's the blurb: LaRue is director of the ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom...

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Conferences as a busines
I was speaking with my boss, Mary Ghikas, about the recent ALA conference in Orlando. She said some things I hadn't heard of or thought about before. Many people, particularly their first time through an ALA conference, get totally overwhelmed, particularly...

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Email management Working at the American Library Association (ALA) means being at the hub of all kinds of professional communications. There is news : from Chicago, from the association, from states, from the nation, from the world. I have stakeholders : li...

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Moving, again
Some of you know that I moved from Colorado to Chicago this year. It was January. Then, I discovered that I had moved not just next door to, but just above the main floor of, a very popular, and very loud, dance club. To be fair, most days of the week (Sund...
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