2014–2017 ALA Division Councilor

Rivkah Sass

Candidate for Director-at-Large (Three-Year Term) Rivkah Sass


Rivkah Sass, director of the Sacramento (Calif.) Public Library, began her career in libraries in 1978, convinced that there was nothing better in the world than to work in a public library, surrounded by infinite possibilities. Thirty-five years later she still feels that way, having worked as a reference librarian, children’s librarian, branch manager, trainer and consultant, deputy state librarian, mid-level manager and, for the past ten years, library director.

Rivkah has worked in libraries in Washington, Maryland, Oregon, Nebraska, and now California. She has seen libraries transform programs and services to meet the needs of ever-changing communities and now is in the fortunate position to lead an organization with extraordinary and creative staff in the wonderful Capital Region of California.

Personal Statement

“While most people would agree that the American public library is the most egalitarian institution in the world, there would also be agreement that we face the challenge of relevancy and changing attitudes about support for public institutions. I would be honored to serve on the PLA Board and be part of the team that tells the evolving story of public libraries, advocates for libraries, and builds models of excellence that will help libraries large and small.”