Public Programs Office Contact Information


Public Programs Office
American Library Association
50 E. Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 312.280.5045
Fax: 312.280.5759

For general inquiries, please call 312-280-5045 or email To suggest a partnership or program opportunity, please fill out ALA’s Request for Collaboration Form.

Colleen Barbus    
Program Coordinator
Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award and ALA Excellence in Library Programming Award administrative support, Cultural Communities Fund donations inquiries, PPO project support, and general information. 

Erik Cameron    
Program Officer/Data Applications
PPO data systems and web infrastructure, software development, online grant applications, final grant reports, and general technical inquiries.

Lainie Castle    
Project Director
Inquiries about K-12 programming and partnerships. Content, planning, grant application and reporting inquiries concerning: Bridging Cultures: Muslim Journeys, StoryCorps @ your library, Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, the Great Stories CLUB, and Let’s Talk About It programming.

Meghan Davis    

Jennifer Dominiak
Program Officer, Exhibitions
Inquiries about traveling exhibitions, including workshops, publicity review, itineraries, site support notebooks, other support materials, and final reports. Discussion of traveling exhibition ideas, design and development. Assistance with library proposals for PPO traveling exhibition grant projects.

Mary Davis Fournier     
Deputy Director
Inquiries regarding strategic partnerships, new and innovative programs and partnerships, media partnerships for national library programs, and digital delivery methods for library programming. Questions regarding the Libraries Transforming Communities, Building Common Ground, the LIVE @ your library Reading Stage, and One Book, One Community Initiatives. Requests for information on civic engagement and cultural programming in libraries, library programming topic presentations and speaking engagements. 

Samantha Oakley
Program Coordinator
Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, StoryCorps @ your library, AARP Foundation Integrated Services for Older Adults, PPO project support, general information.

Sarah Ostman     
Communications Manager 
Oversees PPO communications activities. Manages and edits Programming Librarian website and newsletter, manages social media, and handles media and communications needs for PPO grant projects, including the Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC) initiative.

Deborah Robertson    
Inquiries about the ALA Public Programs Office, the ALA Public and Cultural Programs Advisory Committee, the ALA Cultural Communities Fund, and support for library programming through partnerships, sponsorships, grants and donations. 

Brian Russell
Program Coordinator
Libraries Transforming Communities, PPO project support, and general information. 
Melanie Welch
Project Director