NLA/NSLA 2015 Joint Conference / Keynote Speakers
Thursday - Terri Grief, American Association of School Librarians Past President
Terri Grief, past-president of AASL, is a high school librarian in Western Kentucky at McCracken County High School. She has been active in the Kentucky Association of School Librarians serving as president and conference chair as well as numerous other positions on the board. She is the past president of the Kentucky Library Association, past AASL division councilor, and past ALA Executive Board member.
Terri received the Outstanding School Librarian Award from KASL in 2001 and the Barby Hardy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013.
She has two wonderful adult children, loves any outdoor activity, teaches Weight Watchers classes and reads 100 books per year.
Friday - Sari Feldman, American Library Association President
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).
Sari’s local civic involvement includes serving as president of the board of Cuyahoga Arts
and Culture and as well as an appointed member of the City-County Workforce
In 2013, Sari was honored with the Public Library Association’s Charlie Robinson Award for
innovation in library service. She was named a Woman of Note by Crain’s Cleveland Business in
2011 and received the 2008 Jane Donelson Player of the Year Award from the USA Toy
Library Association, the 2005 YWCA Woman of Achievement award, the David C. Sweet
Leadership Academy Alumni Community Leadership Award, and the Leadership Academy’s
2002 Community Impact Award. Sari is a member of the Leadership Cleveland Class of
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 is a member of 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.