Former New York Librarian Hoping to be ALA President
Through the action of council, the New York Library Association has officially endorsed Sari Feldman’s candidacy for president of the American Library Association. Feldman has been Executive Director of the Cuyahoga Public Library System in Parma, OH since 2009.
Nevertheless, her ties with New York and NYLA are strong. Feldman grew up in South Fallsburg, NY and received her B.A. from Binghamton University. She has been an adjunct faculty member at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies since 1984.
Judi Dzikowski, a longtime NYLA member, is a former student of Feldman. "I was an iSchool student at Syracuse when I first met Sari Feldman,’ Dzikowski. “She encouraged me to tackle the subject area I wanted to address in my studies and offered a class that was innovative in both its structure and approach. It shaped my profession.”
While in New York, she was the director of Beauchamp Library in Syracuse, NY, and then went on to become assistant director of the Onondaga County Public Library. She was an active member of NYLA and is a YSS Past-President.
The year she served as YSS President was the same year that then First Lady Hilary Clinton came to the NYLA Conference to promote the health care reform plan. As a part of NYLA’s leadership, she was able to meet her and talk for a few minutes about NYLA and YSS. “I still have my autographed copy of her plan,” says Feldman. “NYLA’s conferences were always professional, well attended and provided continuing education that the membership needed.”
Feldman’s daughter, Meg O’Dwyer is a special education teacher for the NYC Schools. Her brother, Robert Feldman, lives in New Paltz, NY and was very involved in the renovation of their public library.
Upon hearing of the endorsement, she told NYLA:
I was emotional when I received the news about the NYLA endorsement. I was born, raised and educated in NY State. I had incredible professional success and support during my time as a NY librarian, educator and active member of NYLA. I know that the friendships and professional bonds I formed in NY along with the great mentorship I received from my NY colleagues, has been the foundation of my current success. The endorsement from NYLA has been personally meaningful and very important to my campaign.
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