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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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Yes, there was a Holocaust
Some months ago, I was targeted by some Nazi trolls. Their pitch to me was that (a) Amazon's dropping of some pro-Nazi titles constituted censorship and ALA should do something about it, and (b) if I would just read some key Holocaust denial works (thoughtf...
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Are libraries neutral?
Here are my remarks at today's American Library Association Midwinter Conference. Jim Neal's Presidential Program was "Are libraries neutral?" I was first on the "pro" side of the debate. In 1938, a time with an eery resonance to today, some citizens in Des...
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Evaluating the board
Two persistent topics for public library boards and directors is the performance assessment. I have already posted about the director evaluation here . This post is about a self-assessment for public boards, based on a cooperative effort between the Arapaho...
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Board self-evaluation
On my old website, I had a copy of a presentation for PLA about why, and how, a library board could assess its own performance. I'd like to be able to refer people to that, so thought I should move it over here.
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Chicago alley
Snapped this yesterday.
Chicago alley
Chicago alley
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Becoming Skippy
Back when I was a teenager, around 16 or so, my friends and I would go to the roller rink. We'd skate around and listen to Motown songs. The person who skated around with us, supervising, was a guy who called himself Skippy. Skippy was, I guess, 25-30. He w...
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Graceland Cemetery: Women of Influence
The days was clear-skied and lovely, with just a little chill in the air. I decided I haven't been taking advantage of my Chicago Architecture Foundation membership, so jumped on the Red Line up to Addison, then got connected to their tour of the Graceland ...
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Pizza diaries: Coalfire
After my Chicago Architecture Tour of Women of Influence (a Graceland Cemetery Walking tour, about which more to follow) I searched out Coalfire, a craft pizza place at 3707 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60613, not far from Wrigley Field. The verdict? Pretty...
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The First Amendment and Religious Liberty
Yesterday, Trump was rumored to be considering signing a "religious liberty" executive order enabling sweeping exemptions on basic civil liberties. Today, it appears that he's just trying to overturn the Johnson Amendment . 501 (c) (3) organizations, as wel...
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A handbook to the resistance
At last weekend's indie book crawl, I picked up On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century  by Timothy Snyder. Snyder, the Levin Professor of History at Yale University, is also the author of Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin , and Bla...
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