Sari Feldman, Executive Director of Cuyahoga County Public Library (CCPL) since June 2003, heads one of the nation’s busiest and best library systems. Cuyahoga County Public Library has 28 branches and serves 47 communities. The Library is ranked by Library Journal as a 5-Star Library for the past four years. CCPL is currently engaged in the largest capital program of its 90 year history and is spending $110 million to replace or renovate eighteen community branches.
Prior to joining Cuyahoga County Public Library, Ms. Feldman was Deputy Director of the Cleveland Public 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. Since 1984, she has served as an adjunct faculty member at the School of Information Studies, Syracuse University, in Syracuse, New York, teaching graduate courses in library management, reference services, policy and grant writing. She was honored in 1995 with the Vice President’s Award for Teacher of the Year.
Ms. Feldman is currently the co-chair of the American Library Association’s Digital Content and Libraries Working Group. She was the President of the Public Library Association, a division of the American Library Association, for the 2009-2010 term. She is a member of the Leadership Cleveland Class of 2004. She serves as the President of the board of Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, a government board that distributes more than $16 million annually to County Arts and Cultural institutions. She was appointed by the County Executive to serve on the City-County Workforce Development Board. In addition, Ms. Feldman was named a 2005 YWCA Woman of Achievement and was recognized for her achievements by Smart Business Magazine. She is the recipient of the David C. Sweet Leadership Academy Alumni Community Leadership Award and the Leadership Academy’s 2002 Community Impact Award. In 2008, she received the Jane Donelson Player of the Year Award from the USA Toy Library Association and in 2011 she was named a Woman of Note by Crain’s Cleveland Business. She will receive the Public Library Association 2013 Charlie Robinson Award.
Her past civic involvement includes being a Founding Board Member of OneCommunity, a multi-county broadband initiative, and a Board Member of the Literacy Coalition. She also served on the Advisory Task Force of the Playhouse Square Education Department and the Cuyahoga Valley Organizational Design Collaborative. Her 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 has written widely for professional publications.