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. (CT). 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
225 N. Michigan Ave.
Suite 1300
Chicago, IL 60601

To suggest a partnership or program opportunity, please fill out ALA’s Request for Collaboration Form.


Meet PPO's Staff

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Director 

Melanie Welch (she/her)

Phone: 312.280.5054
Email: mwelch@ala.org

Contact Melanie 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.

 


Deputy Director

Sarah Ostman (she/her)
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. Questions regarding American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grants for LibrariesResilient Communities: Libraries Respond to Climate Change, the Great Stories Club (GSC), Teaching with Primary Sources: Women's Suffrage & Libraries, and the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Great Stories Club (TRHT GSC) should be directed to Sarah. Media should contact Sarah for more information about PPO grant offerings and programs.


 

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Project Director

Samantha Oakley (she/her)
Phone: 312.280.5287
Email: soakley@ala.org

Contact Samantha with questions regarding Libraries Transforming CommunitiesLet's Talk About It: Women's SuffrageMedia Literacy Education in Libraries for Adult Audiences, Community Connect, ALA PPO's annual grant opportunities, online learning, evaluation, and partnership inquires.

 


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Project Director

Brian Russell (he/him)
Phone: 312.280.5298
Email: brussell@ala.org

Contact Brian with questions regarding ALA Apply, the Public Programs Office's grant management system, partnership inquiries and for questions regarding Thinking Money for Kids, the American Dream Literacy InitiativeGreat Stories Club (GSC), and the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Great Stories Club (TRHT GSC). 

 


Communications Specialist

Hannah Arata (she/her)
Phone: 312.280.3272

Email: harata@ala.org 

Contact Hannah with questions or ideas for the ProgrammingLibrarian.org website and for communications/promotional material regarding any of PPO's grant opportunities.

 

 


BeeBee Cooper BrowneProgram Officer

BeeBee Cooper Browne (they/she) (prefix/honorific: Mx. Browne)

Phone: 312.280.5053
Email: bbrowne@ala.org

Contact BeeBee with general questions about PPO as well as questions regarding American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grants for LibrariesCommunity ConnectLet's Talk About It: Women's SuffrageResilient Communities: Libraries Respond to Climate Change, the STEAM Equity ProjectTeaching with Primary Sources: Women's Suffrage & Libraries, and Thinking Money for Kids.


Program Coordinator

Emily (Em) Gallaugher (they/them) (honorific: Mx.)

Phone: 312.280.5057

Email: egallaugher@ala.org 

Contact Emily with general questions about PPO as well as questions regarding American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grants for Libraries, Let’s Talk About It: Women’s Suffrage, Teaching with Primary Sources: Women’s Suffrage, and Great Stories Club (GSC).

 


Program Coordinator

Meghan Gieseker (she/her)

Phone: 312.280.5286

Email: mgieseker@ala.org

Contact Meghan with general questions about PPO as well as questions regarding Libraries Transform Communities: Engagement Grant, NASA @ My Library, National Impact of Library Public Programs Assessment, Peggy Barber Tribute GrantSara Jaffarian School Library Program Award, and Thinking Money for Kids.


Program Coordinator

Kaileen McGourty (she/her)

Phone: 312.280.5055

Email: kmcgourty@ala.org

Contact Kaileen with general questions about PPO as well as questions regarding Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries, Libraries Transforming Communities: Accessible Small and Rural Communities, and Americans and the Holocaust.