About Programming Librarian

A project of the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, Programming Librarian is the premier online resources for all things related to presenting cultural and community programs for all types and sizes of libraries. Librarians from public, academic, special, and school libraries stay connected with the latest programming initiatives and resources through Programming Librarian.

  • The library is designed to support program planning through feature articles, topical information (such as marketing, fundraising, and advocacy), and resources for monthly events and celebrations
  • The blog presents up-to-date information on available grants and new programming initiatives as well as short pieces written by guest bloggers about innovative programming ideas and successes.
  • Grant and job listings keep our readers informed of the latest happenings in the field.
  • Regular online learning opportunities present a unique opportunity for practitioners to share their expertise with the field. Programming Librarian uses Adobe Connect for all online learning opportunities. Also, be sure to check out the online learning archives for outstanding past presentations.
  • The monthly e-newsletter provides regular updates on new content and pending grant deadlines.

What Is a Programming Librarian?

Though the job title can vary wildly, a programming librarian is charged with any element of planning and presenting cultural and community programs on behalf of the library. Programming Librarians can be found in a variety of settings, including public, academic, special, and school libraries found in the largest urban communities, the smallest, teeny-tiny rural communities, and everywhere in between. Usually, programming librarian is one of many hats that a librarian wears, which makes up-to-date resources like this site even more important.

Programming Librarians serve the vital role of convening their community for participation, discovery, and growth through programs that feature the arts and humanities, including:

  • traveling exhibitions;
  • reading and discussion;
  • film viewing and discussion;
  • poetry, music and visual arts programs;
  • STEM programs;
  • civic engagement and public deliberation on local, state, and national issues; and
  • much, much more!

Can I Contribute to Programming Librarian?

Do you have a story of programming success in your community? Do you fancy yourself a self-made expert on program development, promotion, fundraising, or any other vital element of being a programming librarian? We want to hear from you!

How Can I Support Programming Librarian?

Development of this site was funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to the ALA Public Programs Office. Continuing support for Programming Librarian, including support for all online learning sessions, is provided by the ALA Cultural Communities Fund.

In order to continue providing libraries with the highest quality of programming support, Programming Librarian seeks support from the library community. To discuss sponsorship of features, online learning sessions, or other content on Programming Librarian, please email us.