Public Awareness Office

Mission | Media Coverage of LibrariesEvents |  ALA Board, Committee ReportsOversight Groups | PAO Staff

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Mission 

The Public Awareness Office manages the public awareness efforts of the association through the Libraries Transform Campaign, delivering key messages to external audiences about the value of libraries and library professionals. PAO also communicates ALA's key messages through media relations and crisis communications, and offers public relations counsel and editorial services. Tools are also developed and shared with librarians to help advance ALA’s strategic directions. Works with the ALA Public Awareness Committee.

   
Media Coverage of Libraries

   
Events 

ALA Youth Media Awards Press Kit

Press release: American Library Association announces 2015 youth media award winners

I Love My Librarian Awards

National Library Week

Library Card Sign-up Month

Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros

ALA Board, Committee Reports

Orientation for New Board Members 2015 (Text only PDF)

Orientation for New Board Members 2015 (Text only Word doc)

Media Relations Report (Midwinter 2015) Word doc


Oversight Groups 

Activities of the Public Awareness Office are overseen by the ALA Public Awareness Committee, which meets twice a year, during ALA's Annual Conferences in June-July, and Midwinter Meetings, usually held in January.

Public Awareness Committee

I Love My Librarian Award Committee

Resources


PAO Staff 

Macey Morales
Deputy Director
312-280-4393
mmorales@ala.org

Steve Zalusky
Manager of Communications
(312) 280-1546
szalusky@ala.org

Heather Cho
Media Relations Specialist
(312) 280-4020
hcho@ala.org

Megan McFarlane
Campaign Coordinator
(312) 280-2148
 
Jan Carmichael
Web/New Media Specialist
(312) 280-5041