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Sari FeldmanSari Feldman, executive director of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, Ohio, was inaugurated as president of the American Library Association at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco.

An ALA member since 1990, Feldman’s activities include serving as president of the Public Library Association (PLA) (2009-10), chair of the ALA Office for Literacy/Outreach Services Advisory Committee (2000-2003) and co-chair of the ALA Digital Content and Libraries Working Group (2011-2014). She previously chaired the Urban Libraries Council Urban Youth Strategy Group.

(2005-2006) and served on the PLA Every Child Ready to Read Task Force (2007-2008) and PLA Task Force on Pre-School Literacy (2001-2005).  She is currently a board member of OneCommunity, a community broadband initiative, as well as In Counsel with Women, a local network of female executives.

Feldman is the 2013 recipient of the PLA Charlie Robinson Award, established to recognize innovative public library directors.  Her previous honors include the Crain’s Cleveland Business Woman of Note award (2011), the USA Toy Library Association Player of the Year (2008), the Syracuse University Vice President’s Award for Teacher of the Year (1995) and the ALA Loleta D. Fyan grant (1994).

She received an MA in Library Science from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a BA in English from State University of New York in Binghamton.

With generous support from Overdrive, Feldman is launching Libraries Transform, ALA’s new, multi-year public awareness campaign.  Its ultimate goal is to increase funding support for libraries and advance information policy issues in alignment with ALA advocacy goals.

Libraries Transform focuses on the one main idea that libraries today are less about what they have for people and more about what they do for and with people.  The campaign’s broad objectives are to:

  • increase awareness of and support for the transforming library;
  • shift perception of library from “obsolete” or “nice to have” to essential;
  • energize library professionals and build external advocates to influence local, state and national decision makers.

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