Public Information Office

 Public Information Office

Mission | Media Coverage of LibrariesEvents |  ALA Board, Committee Reports | ALA Staff Resources | Oversight Groups | PIO Staff

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Mission 

The Public Information Offices manages the public awareness efforts of the Association through the Campaign for America's Libraries, delivering key messages to external audiences about the value of libraries and librarians. PIO 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 2015 Key Action Areas. Works with Public Awareness Committee.

   
Media Coverage of Libraries

   
Events 

ALA Youth Media Awards

Press release: American Library Association announces 2014 youth media award winners

I Love My Librarian Awards

Meet the winners of the 2013 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award!
Photos from the 2013 I Love My Librarian Award Ceremony (PDF)

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 2014

Media Relations Report (Midwinter 2014) PDF

Campaign for America's Libraries Report (Midwinter 2013) PDF

Public Information Office Report to Executive Board ALA Midwinter 2014   (text only PDF)

 

   
ALA Staff resources 

  1. ALA Press Release Guidelines and Writing Tips
  2. Tips for Creating Press Releases (ALA staff support website)
  3. 7 Tips for Writing a Killer Press Release
  4. Media Relations Handbook for Libraries
  5. PIO Editorial Services
  6. 62 Ways to Improve Your Press Releases
  7. Videos from 2009 ALA Communications Training Seminar

 


Oversight Groups 

Activities of the Public Information Office are overseen by the ALA Public Awareness Committee and its three subcommittees - the Campaign for America's Libraries Subcommittee, the Public Relations Assembly and the National Library Week Subcommittee. These groups meet twice a year, during ALA's Annual Conferences in June-July, and Midwinter Meetings, usually held in January.

The next meetings will occur during the 2011 Midwinter Meeting in San Diego (Jan. 7-11) and the 2011 Annual Conference in New Orleans, La., (June 23–28). Exact dates, times and locations will be posted as they become available.

Public Awareness Committee

Campaign for America's Libraries Subcommittee

I Love My Librarian Award Committee

Resources

 


PIO Staff 

Mark R. Gould
Director
(312) 280-5042
mgould@ala.org

Macey Morales
Manager of  Media Relations
(312) 280-4393
mmorales@ala.org

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

Megan McFarlane
Coordinator
The Campaign for America’s Libraries
(312) 280-2148
 
Jan Carmichael
Web Manager
(312) 280-5041