Communications & Marketing Office

MissionEventsCommittees and Groups | CMO Staff

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The Communications & Marketing Office (CMO) 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. CMO 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.


ALA Youth Media Awards

I Love My Librarian Award

National Library Week

Library Card Sign-up Month

Committees and Groups

To carry out its mission, CMO partners with a ALA Committees and member groups:

Public Awareness Committee

I Love My Librarian Award Committee

ALA Branding Workgroup


CMO Staff 

Payal Patel
Interim Director
(312) 280-5036

Jan Carmichael
Senior Manager
(312) 280-5041

Phil Morehart
Communications Manager
(312) 280-4020

Chase Ollis
Communications Manager
(312) 280-2148

Raymond A. Garcia
Communications Specialist
(312) 280-5848