sari feldman elected pla vice-president

Contact: Louisa Worthington
Public Library Association
(312) 280-5024
For Immediate Release,
May 6, 2008

Sari Feldman elected PLA vice-president

CHICAGO – Sari Feldman, Executive Director of the <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Cuyahoga County (Ohio) Public Library, has been elected vice-president/president-elect of the Public Library Association (PLA). Feldman will become PLA president-elect in July 2008 and will assume the PLA presidency in July 2009 for a one-year term.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

“While I have had an outstanding career of more than 30 years in public libraries, I continue to relish new ideas and the changing models of customer service,” Feldman said. “This is an opportunity to give back to the profession and to contribute to future of public libraries.”

Feldman has been a member of PLA and the American Library Association (ALA) for more than 15 years, serving on numerous PLA and ALA committees including the Every Child Ready to Read Evaluation Task Force, the PLA Board of Directors and the ALA Office for Literacy/Outreach Services Committee. She is a member of WebJunction’s E-Learning Advisory Committee and a former president of the New York Library Association’s Youth Services Section. She has co-authored several publications, including “Learning Environments for Young Children” and “Serving Families and Children Through Partnerships.” The recipient of numerous awards, Feldman was named a YWCA Woman of Achievement in 2005.

Prior to her current position as executive director, Feldman served as deputy director of Cleveland Public Library. She also held numerous positions in the Onondaga County (N.Y.) Public Library.

Feldman earned her master’s degree in library science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a bachelor’s degree in English from the State University of New York at Binghamton.

PLA is a division of the American Library Association. PLA's core purpose is to strengthen public libraries and their contribution to the communities they serve. Its mission is to enhance the development and effectiveness of public library staff and public library services.