Stephanie Hlywak

11 Questions with Stephanie Hlywak

October 2, 2018

Hlywak previously served as national director of content marketing at the Muscular Dystrophy Association in Chicago. While there, she helped build the organization’s content marketing program, including developing strategies and evaluating metrics, workflows, and goals for social media, email marketing, and blog content. Prior to that, Hlywak was account supervisor at Kathy Schaeffer Consulting, an … Continue reading 11 Questions with Stephanie Hlywak


Anita Mechler is the new executive director of the Young Adult Library Services Association.

11 Questions with Anita Mechler

August 20, 2018

Mechler previously served as project manager and archivist at the Black Metropolis Research Consortium (BMRC) at the University of Chicago Library. In that role, she designed, developed, managed, measured, and evaluated BMRC grant-funded programs and carried out its strategic plans and policies. She has an MSLIS, with rare books and manuscripts certification, from the University … Continue reading 11 Questions with Anita Mechler


Lorelle Swader is the new associate executive director of ALA Offices and Member Relations, as well as the ALA-Allied Professional Association.

11 Questions with Lorelle Swader

April 2, 2018

As AED, Swader will provide leadership and management for the following ALA groups: Office for Accreditation Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment Office for Intellectual Freedom Library and Research Center Public Programs Office Membership Development Office Member and Customer Service She will also help coordinate and liaise … Continue reading 11 Questions with Lorelle Swader


Jessica Hughes

11 Questions with Jessica Hughes

October 13, 2017

Hughes answered our “11 Questions” to introduce herself to ALA members. Coffee, tea, other? To steal a line that’s often misattributed to Benjamin Franklin: “Caffeine is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” What’s the first website or app you check in the morning? I usually check Instagram to see if there … Continue reading 11 Questions with Jessica Hughes


Kathi Kromer

11 Questions with Kathi Kromer

June 9, 2017

Prior to joining ALA, Kromer was vice president of strategy and outreach for the ALS Association for 11 years, where she created and executed public policy and outreach strategy, expanded the association’s national grassroots program to nearly 20,000 advocates, and created a state advocacy program that helped raised awareness and generate more than $15 million for chapters. And yes, she took … Continue reading 11 Questions with Kathi Kromer


Mary Mackay is the new associate executive director for ALA Publishing.

11 Questions with Mary Mackay

June 5, 2017

Before coming to ALA, Mackay worked for ProLiteracy’s publishing division, New Readers Press, where she served as associate executive director, marketing director, editorial director, project editor, and managing editor. Mackay has a postgraduate certificate in education and a certificate in teaching English as a second language from the University of York, England. She also holds … Continue reading 11 Questions with Mary Mackay


Chris Murphy, ALA Editions publisher

11 Questions with Christopher Murphy

June 22, 2016

Murphy has nearly 30 years’ experience in editorial, production, and marketing positions at nonprofit organizations, most recently with the Association of International Educators (NAFSA), where he was senior director of publications and communications. He has a B.A. from Loyola University in Baltimore and a master’s from Catholic University in Washington, D.C. Before packing his bags for Orlando, Murphy … Continue reading 11 Questions with Christopher Murphy





Jody Gray

11 Questions with Jody Gray

November 13, 2015

Gray is no stranger to the issues of diversity and inclusion. Before joining the Association, she was diversity outreach librarian at University of Minnesota Libraries, where she helped bolster dialogue using training and curriculum, and facilitated staff development workshops. Gray is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and has a bachelor’s in … Continue reading 11 Questions with Jody Gray