Shifting gears from directing three award-winning public libraries over a span of 40 years, Maxine Bleiweis is spreading her innovative ideas and approaches to traditional services to keep libraries relevant and ahead of the curve as principal consultant at Maxine Bleiweis & Associates. She is being called upon to speak on customer service, coach managers, guide strategic planning and innovative thinking, and implement the newest design thinking for library buildings. Under her leadership, Bleiweis’ libraries were awarded 5-Star Status and were finalists for the IMLS Medal of Excellence. During her tenure, she established one of the first makerspace and mini maker faires at a public library and was the first to introduce humanoid robots to teach computer coding. She authored the book Helping Business: The Library’s Role in Community Economic Development. She was the 2015 recipient of the PLA Charles Robinson Award for Innovative Leadership and the Connecticut Outstanding Librarian of the Year in 2011.
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