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TEDxNJLibraries - Leslie Burger - Agoras, Forums, Living Rooms, and Libraries

Leslie Burger - Agoras, Forums, Living Rooms, and Libraries Leslie Burger is the Executive Director of the Princeton Public Library and a past-president of the American Library Association. While ALA president, she launched a variety of initiatives to help librarians transform their communities. Leslie has been a devotee of change and innovation since she began her career in the mid-70's, always focusing her attention on how libraries can changes lives and amaze and delight their customers. As director of the Princeton Public Library she builds partnerships with civic and community leaders to foster the library's role as the community's living room. She has convinced donors to give more than $20 million to support the library's capital and endowment campaigns. She continues to challenge the community's ideas about the role of the public library. The Princeton Public Library is now one of the top destinations in town attracting more than 850,000 visitors each year. Before joining the Princeton Public Library, Leslie served as a development consultant at the New Jersey State Library where she worked on leadership and marketing initiatives on behalf of the state's libraries. She served as Executive Director of the Central Jersey Regional Library Cooperative, a multi-type library cooperative serving a three county area. She also worked at the Connecticut State Library as the LSTA Coordinator, Director of Planning and Research, and Director of Network Services. Her library career began at the Bridgeport (Ct.) Public Library when she was hired to develop a community information and referral service. Recently she was named the Distinguished Visiting Librarian for the American Library in Paris, carrying the message of transformation across the Atlantic several times a year. About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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