May 26, 2022

Sari Feldman Elected President of the American Library Association

From ALA:

Sari Feldman, executive director of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, Ohio, has been elected president of the American Library Association (ALA) for the 2015-16 term.

Feldman received 5,184 votes, while her opponent, Maggie Farrell, dean of libraries at the University of Wyoming, Laramie, received 4,185 votes.

She will serve as president-elect for one year before stepping into her role as president at the close of the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco.

Upon learning the outcome of the election, Feldman commented, “I am deeply honored to be given the opportunity to serve libraries and library professionals as president of the American Library Association. I look forward to continuing the leadership commitment of current president Barbara Stripling and president-elect Courtney Young to support advocacy for all libraries by strengthening our ability to speak with a unified voice. Throughout my campaign I challenged our association to Engage, Innovate and Inspire – and I sincerely appreciate the support for that call to action.”

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-present).

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).


Her co-authored publications include “Politics and Advocacy: The Role of Networking in Selling the Library to Your Community,” Public Library Quarterly, 2007; “The Dream of One Cleveland,” Library Journal, 2005; and “Learning Environments for Young Children: Rethinking Library Spaces and Services,” 1998.

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.

See Also: LJ’s Meredith Schwartz Recently Reported on How the Cuyahoga County Public Library Handles Collection Development and their $8.5 Million Collection Budget

See Also: On a Related Note…Last Fall Publisher’s Weekly noted that the Cuyahoga County Public Library Spent $28,730 ($85 per copy) to acquire 338 Copies of the Fifty Shades of Gray ebook.

CCPL also told infoDOCKET that the library acquired 338 copies of Inferno (Dan Brown; $85), 303 copies of Cuckoo Calling (Gailbraith; $78), and nearly 200 copies of Gone Girl (Gilliam Flynn; $75).

See Also: Cuyahoga County Public Library is busiest per capita of any library system in America (via

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