CHICAGO — Sarah Ostman joined the staff of the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office (PPO) as communications manager on Feb. 18. Among Ostman’s responsibilities are managing and editing the ProgrammingLibrarian.org website and newsletter, managing social media and handling media and communications needs for PPO grant projects, including the Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC) initiative.
Ostman comes to ALA from Northwestern University, where she served as a communications writer and editor for the university's engineering school. Previously she worked as a journalist in Chicago and California, with assignments that included covering the Rod Blagojevich trial for the Chicago Sun-Times. She received a BA in sociology and theatre from Smith College and an MA in journalism from Columbia College Chicago.
The ALA Public Programs Office promotes cultural and community programming as an essential part of library service. Through professional development activities, programming resources, model programs and grant opportunities, PPO supports libraries as they fill their role as community cultural centers and places of cultural and civic engagement, where people of all backgrounds gather for reflection, discovery, participation and growth.
Ostman can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (800) 545-2433 ext. 5061. Her Twitter handle is @SarahBethALA.