The Consultants at Alabama Public Library Service have over 125 years of combined library experience in a variety of library settings including public, corporate, and academic. Each Consultant represents a Congressional District and is responsible for the guidance and well-being of the libraries in their District. All of the Consultants have Master’s Degrees in Library Sciences and have particular areas of expertise. Please contact your assigned Consultant when you require assistance. We will be pleased to help you.
Alisa McLeod, Library Consultant 334-213-3904
Alisa has been with APLS since 2010. She is responsible for adult programming, E-Rate, collection development, and weeding. She has been a librarian since 2006.
If your library is in one of the following counties, Alisa is your Consultant. Baldwin, Choctaw, Clarke, Escambia, Marengo, Mobile, Monroe, Washington, and Wilcox,
Gail Sheldon, Library Consultant 334-213-3953
Gail returned to Alabama from Maryland and began working at APLS in 2016. She has been a librarian since 2010. Her responsibilities at APLS include children’s and youth services. She also has expertise in library planning and construction.
If your library is in one of the following counties, Gail is your Consultant. Cullman, Etowah, Fayette, Franklin, Lamar, Lawrence, Marion, Walker, Winston
Jim Smith, Library Consultant 334-213-3907
Jim Smith has been a librarian with APLS since 1987. He has visited most of Alabama's public libraries and now serves a central region of the state. He helps public libraries with a number of administrative issues such as policy development, long-range planning, state aid compliance, and continuing education.
If your library is in one of the following counties, Jim is your Consultant. Bibb, Blount, Chilton, Coosa, Dallas, Greene, Hale, Jefferson, Perry, Pickens, Shelby, Sumter, and Tuscaloosa
Ken Herston, Library Consultant 334-213-3978
Ken has worked at APLS since August 2010 in the Blind and Physically Handicapped Division and as a Library Consultant since December 2012. He has been a librarian for over 18 years. Ken is the primary contact person for Evergreen ILS and all OCLC products including WorldCat and WorldShare.
If your library is in one of the following counties, Ken is your Consultant. Colbert, DeKalb, Jackson, Lauderdale, Limestone, Madison, and Morgan
Rhonda Napier, Library Development Manager 334-213-3951
Rhonda has been with the Alabama Public Library Service since February 2016. She has been a librarian since 1985. Her areas of expertise are continuing education, policy and procedure development, information literacy, and long-range planning.
If your library is in one of the following counties, Rhonda is your Consultant. Autauga, Barbour, Bullock, Butler, Coffee, Conecuh, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Elmore, Geneva, Henry, Houston, Lowndes, Montgomery, and Pike
Stephanie Taylor, Library Consultant 334-213-3943
Stephanie Taylor started at APLS in July 2010. She manages State Aid for public libraries and promotes grants of interest. Additionally, she has served as the State Data Coordinator for Alabama since 2010, which entails administering the Public Library Survey, assisting libraries with their completion of the surveys, and compiling data for public use.
If your library is in one of the following counties, Stephanie is your Consultant. Calhoun, Chambers, Cherokee, Clay, Cleburne, Lee, Macon, Randolph, Russell, St. Clair, Talladega, and Tallapoosa