Maxine Bleiweis


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. In her new chapter as 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 the first major maker space and mini maker faire 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 named the Connecticut Outstanding Librarian of the Year in 2011 and the 2015 recipient of the PLA Charles Robinson Award for Innovative Leadership. She has especially enjoyed translating the language of libraries to architects while adapting user-centered design thinking.

Maxine Bleiweis & Associates (formarly Westport Library)


October 23, 2017, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
User-centered Design on a Shoestring - Amphitheater