Laurie Putnam has been managing writers, editors, publications, and publishing departments for two decades. Since 2004, she has been teaching professional writing and publishing to future librarians in San Jose State University’s School of Library and Information Science. Laurie also runs a communications business based in Monterey, California, where she leads the development of publications and communications programs for libraries, nonprofit organizations, and high-tech companies. Prior to forming her own business, Laurie was director of branding and marketing communications at Aspect Telecommunications in San Jose.
Laurie has an MA in English from the University of Kent in Canterbury, England, and an MLIS from SJSU. Her own writing has appeared in a variety of newspapers, magazines, and journals. Many of her former students have successfully published their work in venues ranging from Library Journal to American Libraries.