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NLA/NSLA 2015 Joint Conference Keynotes
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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 Development Board.

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 2004.

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.

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