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Sunday, April 27, 2008

Sarah Long podcast interview of Jamie LaRue

I'm heading off to the Chicago area tomorrow for a couple of professional engagements. One of them is a workshop for the North Suburban Library System. Sarah Long, executive director of NSLS, does a fascinating series of podcasts with library leaders around the country. (See Christine Hamilton-Pennell's interview elsewhere in this blog.) Probably to help promote the program, Sarah interviewed me recently. She's a deft interviewer, and listening to it, I wish I'd relaxed enough to enjoy it more. (I laugh more in person.) She's easy to talk to, though.

Overall, this is a good introduction to my notion of a "pyramid model of library development." I've got a graphic of that here. To listen to the podcast, click on the title of this entry -- and check out her many other interviews.

I'm also looking forward to meeting some of the other presenters in the program (entitled "Embracing Change: Transforming Libraries & Communities Symposium"): Queens Library Director Tom Galante; Marylaine Block, author of The Thriving Library: Successful Strategies for Challenging Times; and Pam Sandlian Smith, formerly of the West Palm Beach Library, FL, and now my neighbor in Adams County, Colorado.

And of course, I'll have to make a few pilgrimages to Lake Michigan -- a touchstone for me.

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