ALA Public Programs Office announces redesigned website,

For Immediate Release
Mon, 07/27/2015


Sarah Ostman

Communications Manager

ALA Public Programs Office


CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office announces the launch of its redesigned website,, a resource for library programming-related news, ideas and support for all types of libraries.

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Using new web features, Programming Librarian users may:

  • Learn from fellow libraries: Learn how libraries plan, budget for, market and execute programs in their libraries; read advice from the planners; and view photos, videos and planning materials from the event. This information is meant to be enjoyed, adapted and shared.
  • Browse Ideas: Search for content by library type, program budget or program topic.
  • Explore learning opportunities: Find out about upcoming and previously archived webinars and in-person training opportunities (most of them free).
  • Hear from new voices: Read posts by bloggers who represent public, academic, school and state libraries; hail from small towns and large urban centers; and program for a variety of ages and interests.
  • Learn about grant opportunities: Visit the About page for a list of current and upcoming grant opportunities from the ALA Public Programs Office.

“Before we set out to redesign this site, we talked with a number of programming librarians about what they wanted in an online community,” said Deb Robertson, director of ALA’s Public Programs Office. “They told us they wanted a place to share program models so libraries could build upon one another's work; an easier-to-navigate site architecture so they could find information more quickly; and a way to build rapport with their fellow programming librarians. We kept those goals in mind, and are proud to share the results.”

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About ALA’s Public Programs Office

ALA’s Public Programs Office provides leadership, resources, training and networking opportunities that help thousands of librarians nationwide develop and host cultural programs for adult, young adult and family audiences. The mission of the ALA Public Programs Office is to promote cultural programming as an essential part of library service in all types of libraries. Projects include book and film discussion series, literary and cultural programs featuring authors and artists, professional development opportunities and traveling exhibitions. School, public, academic and special libraries nationwide benefit from the office’s programming initiatives.

About the Cultural Communities Fund

In 2003, a challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) kick-started a campaign to secure the future of libraries as cultural destinations within the community. Since then, the Cultural Communities Fund (CCF) has grown to more than $1.9 million, serving libraries as they serve their communities through the highest quality arts and humanities programming. Learn more at