President, American Library Association
Sari Feldman has served as Executive Director of Cuyahoga County Public Library (CCPL) since June 2003. Under her leadership, CCPL has become one of the nation’s best and busiest public library systems, earning the Library Journal 5-Star recognition for five consecutive years (2010-2014).
Prior to joining CCPL, Sari was Deputy Director of Cleveland Public Library, the nation’s third largest public research library. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from State University of New York at Binghamton and a Master’s in Library Science degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She previously served as an adjunct faculty member at the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University, teaching graduate courses in library management, reference services, policy and grant writing for more than 20 years. She was honored in 1995 with the Vice President’s Award for Teacher of the Year.
Sari currently co-chairs the American Library Association’s Digital Content and Libraries Working Group. In May 2014, Sari was elected president of the American Library Association for the 2015-2016 term. She is a past president of the Public Library Association (2009-2010).
Sari was re-elected president of the board of Cuyahoga Arts and Culture in 2014 and was previously appointed to serve on the City-County Workforce Development Board by the County Executive.
Sari was named a 2005 YWCA Woman of Achievement and recognized for her achievements by Smart Business Magazine. She was a member of the Leadership Cleveland Class of 2004. She is the recipient of the David C. Sweet Leadership Academy Alumni Community Leadership Award and the LeadershipAcademy’s 2002 Community Impact Award. Sari received the 2008 Jane Donelson Player of the Year Award from the USA Toy Library Association and, in 2011, was named a Woman of Note by Crain’s Cleveland Business. In 2013, Sari was honored with the Public Library Association’s Charlie Robinson Award for innovation in library service.
Her past civic involvement includes:
- Founding Board Member of OneCommunity;
- Board Member of the Literacy Coalition;
- Advisory Task Force of the PlayhouseSquare Education Department; and,
- Cuyahoga Valley Organizational Design Collaborative member.
Sari’s professional affiliations include the American Library Association, Beta Phi Mu, the Ohio Library Council, and the Public Library Association. She has presented on public libraries both nationally and internationally and written widely for professional publications.