Library Development

Contact Your Consultant

The Consultants at Alabama Public Library Service are each responsible for the guidance and well-being of the libraries in their region.  Please check the listing below to locate your County and your consultant’s contact information.  Consultants also have areas of expertise, and you are welcome to directly contact consultants outside of your region to seek help in these areas. 


Katie Bailey, Library Consultant                        334-213-3907

Katie is our newest Library Consultant and joined us in April 2021.  She has expertise in building construction and maintenance, Friends of the Library groups and library foundations, and grant writing. Katie provides consultant services for the following counties: Choctaw, Clarke, Dallas, Greene, Hale, Lowndes, Marengo, Perry, Pickens, Sumter, Tuscaloosa, and Wilcox.


Jessica L. Everingham, Assistant Director          334-213-3905

Jessica joined APLS in 2019 and is one of our Assistant Directors.  She has expertise in administrative services, trustee training, building construction / renovation, disaster preparedness, grant management, and electronic resources Jessica provides consultant services for Jefferson County.


Ken Herston, Library Consultant                        334-213-3978                         

Ken has worked at APLS since August 2010.  He has expertise in Evergreen ILS and all OCLC products including WorldCat and WorldShare.  Ken provides consultant services for the following counties: DeKalb, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marshall, and Morgan.   


Alisa McLeod, Library Consultant                     334-213-3904

Alisa has been with APLS since 2010.  She has expertise in adult programming, E-Rate, collection development, disaster preparedness, and weeding.  Alisa provides consultant services for the following counties: Baldwin, Escambia, Mobile, Monroe, and Washington.


Rhonda Napier, Library Development Manager  334-213-3951         

Rhonda has been with APLS since February 2016. She has expertise in continuing education, policy and procedure development, information literacy, and long-range planning.  Rhonda provides consultant services for the following counties:  Autauga, Barbour, Bullock, Butler, Coffee, Conecuh, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Geneva, Henry, Houston, Montgomery, and Pike.                 


Alex Perry, Library Consultant                          334-213-3949

Alex joined APLS in 2013.  He has expertise in technology instruction, library advocacy, collection development, and electronic resource management.  Alex provides consulting services for libraries in the following counties: Bibb, Blount, Chilton, Coosa, Elmore, Lee, Shelby, and Tallapoosa.


Gail Sheldon, Library Consultant                       334-213-3953                        

Gail began working at APLS in 2016. She has expertise in children’s and youth services, library planning and construction. Gail provides consultant services for the following counties: Colbert, Cullman, Etowah, Fayette, Franklin, Lamar, Marion, Walker, and Winston.


Stephanie Taylor, Library Consultant                 334-213-3943                         

Stephanie started working at APLS in 2010.  She has expertise in State Aid, promoting grants of interest, and administering the Public Library Survey.  Stephanie provides consultant services for the following counties:  Calhoun, Chambers, Cherokee, Clay, Cleburne, Macon, Randolph, Russell, St. Clair, and Talladega.