In 2008, the ALA Public Programs Office launched ProgrammingLibrarian.org, an online community and resource center for librarians who plan and present cultural, community programs. The continuing growth of the site is made possible by contributions from programming librarians across the country, who share their experiences through feature articles and blog posts.
In 2012, more than fifty writers contributed to the site, providing insight into such topics as intergenerational programming, multicultural programming, early literacy, programming in rural libraries, author programming, and civic engagement. Some of the most popular articles on Programming Librarian in 2012 included:
- Systemwide Training for Programming Librarians: Palm Beach County Library’s Approach
- Growing Like a Read: Tailoring an Early Literacy Program for Your Community
- Great (and Affordable) Programs STEM from Partnerships
- Meeting Needs and Making a Difference
The ProgrammingLibrarian.org community grew in 2012, with more than 73,000 site visitors. Subscription to the Programming Librarian newsletter grew by 6%. Social media outreach in 2012 resulted in an 85% growth in Twitter followers and 27% in Facebook fans. Development of ProgrammingLibrarian.org is funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the ALA Cultural Communities Fund.