Episode 72: Sari Feldman

Steve chats with Sari Feldman, 2015-2016 ALA President and Executive Director of Cuyahoga County Public Library.

Sari Headshot 2015

Sari Feldman is Executive Director of Cuyahoga County Public Library (CCPL), a position she has held since 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.

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).


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ALA Election 2013: NMRT

Steve speaks with NMRT VP/President-Elect candidates Holly Okuhara and Megan Hodge.

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Holly Okuhara is a Branch Manager with the Weber County Library System in Ogden, Utah. She received her MLIS from the University of Denver in 2006 and recently finished her Masters in Public Administration in 2011 from the University of Colorado-Denver’s online program. She is active in multiple library related activities including the LLAMA Mentoring Committee, ALA’s Committee on Diversity, NMRT’s Vice-Presidential Planning Committee and Resume Review Service, APALA’s Constitution and Bylaws Committee, and currently serves on the Utah Library Association’s Executive Board as the Program Board Chair. Holly also worked on Molly Raphael’s presidential initiative Empowering Diverse Voices: Association Options Fair and Roberta Steven’s Why I Need My Libraries Task Force. Holly was an Emerging Leader in 2008 and recently participated in the MPLA Leadership Institute in 2012. Her primary focus during her career has been diversity, professional development, and leadership.
Megan Hodge is currently an Assistant Branch Manager for the Chesterfield County Public Library system (VA) as well as a member of the NMRT Executive Board as the 2011-2013 Leadership Director. In 2011, she was an NMRT-sponsored Emerging Leader and co-founded a New Members Round Table for the state of Virginia. 
Megan received her B.A. in English Literature from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and her M.S.L.S. from the University of North Texas.
Please note that these election episodes are done to be informational, not necessarily as an endorsement of one or more candidates.

ALA Election 2013: ALA Council

Steve speaks with various candidates running for ALA Council.

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ALA Think Tank Caucus:
Kate Kosturski
Erica Findley
John M. Jackson
Coral Sheldon-Hess

Loida Garcia-Febo

Lauren Pressley

2013 Council Candidate Biographical Information (PDF)
2013 Council Candidate Searchable Spreadsheet

Please note that these election episodes are done to be informational, not necessarily as an endorsement of one or more candidates.

Episode Ten: 2012 ALA Presidential Candidates

Steve speaks with the two candidates for ALA President in 2012: Barbara Stripling and Gina Millsap.

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Barbara Stripling
Barbara Stripling has recently joined the faculty at Syracuse University as an Assistant Professor of Practice.  Prior to Syracuse, she was Director of Library Services for the New York City schools for seven years.  Stripling brought to New York City schools the experience of a thirty-year career as a classroom teacher in Colorado and North Carolina, a school library media specialist and school district director of libraries in Arkansas, a library grant program director in Tennessee, and director of library programs at a local education fund in New York City.  She received her Doctorate in Information Management from Syracuse University in May 2011 and has written or edited numerous books and articles.  Stripling is a former president of the American Association of School Librarians, a former member of the American Library Association Executive Board, and a current member of ALA Council.

Gina Millsap

Gina Millsap is the chief executive officer of the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library. She leads an organization of 225 incredible employees serving a library-loving community of 177,000. She served as the director of the Ames (Iowa) Public Library and at the Daniel Boone Public Library prior to making Kansas her home. She’s worked in libraries for 30+ years and received her Masters of Library Science from the University of Missouri, in the previous century. Her degree may be an antique, but her outlook isn’t; she’s been recognized as a Library Journal Mover and Shaker and is Past President of the Library Leadership and Management Association, a division of the American Library Association. She presents and writes on a variety of current topics, including market segmentation, public library trustee education, 21stcentury librarianship and process improvement.

Gina’s campaign site