For immediate release | January 26, 2016

LLAMA Thought Leaders Webinar will feature Maxine Bleiweis

LLAMA Thought Leaders Webinar will feature Maxine Bleiweis

The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA), a division of ALA, will present "No-Cost Success Strategies," a free webinar featuring Maxine Bleiweis, Feb. 3, at 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Central Time.

Drawing from more than 40 years of experience as the director of three award-winning public libraries, including 17 years as Executive Director of the Westport, CT, Library, Maxine Bleiweis will share her innovative ideas and approaches for keeping libraries relevant and ahead of the curve.

With her leadership, the Westport Library is now recognized as one of the most innovative libraries in the world, leading Bruce Kasanoff to write in “There are two ways to run a public library….the traditional way or the Maxine Bleiweis way.” Her work has earned numerous awards including: Connecticut Library Association’s Outstanding Librarian of the Year Award (2011) and Public Library Association’s Charles Robinson Award for Innovative Leadership (2015).

At the Westport Library, Bleiweis was a leader in implementing new technologies as they evolved, setting the trend to introduce 3D printing and robots. She was among the first to dedicate a “MakerSpace” for hands-on innovation in the public library.

“The perfect library has space for both quiet sanctuary and for the lively exchange of ideas” Bleiweis told WAG magazine. Applying her study of building trends around the world, Bleiweis has designed two library facilities and consulted on the design of others.

Today Bleiweis is consulting with libraries, vendors and architects.

This webinar is part in an ongoing series of webinars featuring thought leaders from a wide variety of libraries.

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Can't attend the live event? No problem! If you register, you will automatically receive a link to the recorded version for later viewing.

For questions about this webinar or other LLAMA programs, contact Fred Reuland.

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Fred Reuland

LLAMA Program Officer

Library Leadership and Management Association