Public Programs Office Contact Information

Contact Us

The ALA Public Programs Office is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (CST). For general inquires, please call, write or fax us at:

Phone: 312.280.5045
Fax: 312.280.5759
Email: publicprograms@ala.org

Mailing Address:
Public Programs Office (PPO)
American Library Association
50 E. Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611

To suggest a partnership or program opportunity, please fill out ALA’s Request for Collaboration Form.

If you are a grantee wishing to speak to someone about your grant, please view our at-a-glance contact list.


Meet PPO's Staff


Deb Robertson Headshot

Director 

Deborah Robertson
Phone: 312.280.5057
Email: drobertson@ala.org

Contact Deb with inquiries regarding the ALA Public Programs Office, the ALA Public and Cultural Programs Advisory Committee (PCPAC), the ALA Cultural Communities Fund, and support for library programming through partnerships, sponsorships, grants and donations.

 

 


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Deputy Director

Mary Davis Fournier
Phone: 312.280.5056
Email: mfournier@ala.org

Contact Mary with inquiries regarding strategic partnerships, new and innovative programs and partnerships, media partnerships for national library programs, and digital delivery methods for library programming. Also contact Mary with questions regarding libraries and community engagement; ALA's Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC) initiative; library programs and collective impact; the National Impact of Library Public Programs Assessment (NILPPA) initiative; One Book, One Community initiatives; and requests for information on civic engagement and cultural programming in libraries; library programming topics; and learning presentations and speaking engagements.

 


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Project Director

Lainie Castle
Phone: 312.280.5055
Email: lcastle@ala.org

Contact Lainie with inquiries about K-12 programming partnerships, Let’s Talk About It programming, collection development grants, and other new project opportunities. Also contact Lainie with questions regarding content, planning, grant application and reporting concerning: the Great Stories Club (GSC), Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Great Stories Club (TRHT GSC), STAR_Net exhibitions (Discover and Explore), NASA@ My Library, PBS's The Great American Read library programming grant

 



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Project Director

Melanie Welch
Phone: 312.280.5054
Email: mwelch@ala.org

Contact Melanie with inquiries regarding strategic partnerships, new and innovative programs and partnerships, and STEM-related topics. Questions regarding Thinking Money, Native Voices, Changing America and Dust, Drought and Dreams Gone Dry should be directed to Melanie, as well as requests for information on civic engagement and cultural programming in libraries. Melanie also welcomes invitations to present on library programming topics and at other speaking engagements.


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Communications Manager

Sarah Ostman
Phone: 312.280.5061
Email: sostman@ala.org

Contact Sarah with questions or ideas for the ProgrammingLibrarian.org website, including inquiries about submissions and blogging opportunities, and tips about innovative or potentially newsworthy stories about library community engagement. Media should contact Sarah for more information about PPO grant offerings and programs.

 



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Director for Data Applications

Erik Cameron
Phone: 312.280.3272
Email: ecameron@ala.org

Contact Erik with questions regarding PPO data systems and web infrastructure; software development; support for the Apply system; and general technical inquiries.

 


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Program Officer

Samantha Oakley
Phone: 312.280.5287
Email: soakley@ala.org

Contact Samantha with questions regarding Libraries Transforming Communities: Models for ChangeMedia Literacy @ Your LibraryNative Voicesonline learning, evaluation, and  partnership inquires.

 

 


 

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Program Coordinator

Colleen Barbus
Phone: 312.280.5053
Email: cbarbus@ala.org

Contact Colleen with questions regarding the National Impact of Library Public Programs Assessment (NILPPA), PBS's The Great American Read, STAR_Net traveling exhibitions (Discover and Explore), NASA@ My LibraryRevisiting the Founding EraCultural Communities Fund donations inquiries, PPO project support, past PPO project reference requests and general information.

 



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Program Coordinator

Brian Russell
Phone: 312.280.5298
Email: brussell@ala.org

Contact Brian with questions regarding the Great Stories Club (GSC), the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Great Stories Club (TRHT GSC), the American Dream Literacy InitiativeThinking Money, PPO project support and general information.

 


Current Projects and Touring Exhibits Contact List

 



American Dream logo
Program Coordinator: Brian Russell

Project Director: Mary Davis Fournier

 

 

 


great american read logo

Program Coordinator: Colleen Barbus

Project Director: Lainie Castle

 

 

 


Great Stories Club Link

Program Coordinator: Brian Russell

Project Director: Lainie Castle

 


Libraries Transforming Communities


Program Coordinator: Samantha Oakley

Project Director: Mary Davis Fournier

 


Media Literacy


Program Coordinator: Samantha Oakley

Project Director: Mary Davis Fournier

 
 
 

NASA@ My Library


Program Coordinator: Colleen Barbus

Project Director: Lainie Castle

 


NILPPA logo


Program Coordinator: Colleen Barbus

Project Director: Mary Davis Fournier

 


Native Voices link

Program Coordinator: Samantha Oakley

Project Director: Melanie Welch

 

 


Star Net Link


Program Coordinator: Colleen Barbus

Project Director: Melanie Welch

 

Star Net Link


Program Coordinator: Colleen Barbus

Project Director: Lainie Castle

 


Star Net Link


Program Coordinator: Colleen Barbus

Project Director: Lainie Castle

 

Thinking Money Link

 

Program Coordinator: Brian Russell

Project Director: Melanie Welch

 

 


truth, racial healing and transformation great stories club logo

Program Coordinator: Brian Russell

Project Director: Lainie Castle