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: Bridging Cultures: Muslim Journeys, Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, the Great Stories CLUB, STAR_Net exhibitions (Discover and Explore), Exploring Human Origins and StoryCorps @ your library.

 



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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 for Data Applications

Chris Miklius
Phone: 312.280.5292
Email: cmiklius@ala.org

Contact Chris with questions about Apply and other PPO web applications.

 



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Program Coordinator

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

Contact Colleen with questions regarding Exploring Human Origins, STAR_Net traveling exhibitions (Discover and Explore), Cultural Communities Fund donations inquiries, PPO project support, past PPO project reference requests and general information.

 



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Program Coordinator

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

Contact Samantha with questions regarding Latino Americans: 500 Years of HistoryStoryCorps @ your library, Native Voices, PPO project support and general information.

 



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Program Coordinator

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

Contact Brian with questions regarding Changing America, Dust, Drought and Dreams Gone Dry, First Folio, the Great Stories CLUB, Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC), Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War, Thinking Money, PPO project support and general information.

 

 


Current Projects and Touring Exhibits Contact List

 



Changing America Link
Program Coordinator: Brian Russell

Project Director: Melanie Welch


Dust Bowl Link

 

Program Coordinator: Brian Russell

Project Director: Melanie Welch

 


 

Great Stories Club Link

Program Coordinator: Brian Russell

Project Director: Lainie Castle

 


Exploring Human Origins Link

Program Coordinator: Colleen Barbus

Project Director: Lainie Castle

 


Latino Americans Link

 

Program Coordinator: Samantha Oakley

Project Director: Lainie Castle

 


Libraries Transforming Communities


Program Coordinator: Brian Russell

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: Lainie Castle

 


StoryCorps @ your Library Link

 

Program Coordinator: Samantha Oakley

Project Director: Lainie Castle

 


Thinking Money Link

 

Program Coordinator: Brian Russell

Project Director: Melanie Welch