My name is Rivkah Sass and I was appointed Director of the Sacramento Public Library in August 2009 after spending six years in Omaha as Executive Director of Omaha Public Library. A native Californian, I have a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Sonoma State College (now University) and a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Washington. A peripatetic librarian, I have worked in public and states libraries in Washington, Oregon, Maryland, and Nebraska. In addition to my library experience I spent three years working for the Thomson Corporation, with a different job title for each year of service.
Named Librarian of the Year by the Library Journal in 2006, and have milked the honor for all it’s worth. I currently serve on the Executive Board of the Urban Libraries Council and have been active in ALA committees, doing everything from the Caldecott Committee.
I am thrilled to be a Eureka! Mentor because I believe that the critical path to the 21st century library lies in identifying, mentoring and empowering library leaders to step into new frontiers of service while maintaining their commitment to educate. Having fun while we do it is absolutely essential.
I love to give presentations and sometimes enjoy writing about libraries. A sampling of presentations and publications include:
2010 Craigslist Foundation Boot-Camp, panel presenter on the role of public libraries in fostering innovative communities
2010 U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce’s subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet. Testimony, advocating for broadband access and for the creation of a national digital literacy corps.
2010 “Bleak or Brilliant, the future of libraries;” Nebraska League of Municipalities
2009 Chapter contributor, Risk and Entrepreneurship, American Library Association
2008 Librarian-in-Residence, New Zealand; visited more than 30 libraries and delivered presentations to more than 1,000 staff and community stakeholders. (This is the coolest thing I’ve ever done as a librarian!)
2007 Keynote Speaker: Australia, Oregon, Utah, South Carolina Library Associations
2005 “Making Data Come Alive,” American Library Association Conference
2004 “Put your $$ Where Your Mouth Is: Leadership and Planning for Financial Hard Times," American Library Association Annual Conference
2002 Article: “Marketing the Worth of Your Library;” Library Journal
2001 “Checked Out of the Process? The Librarian’s Role in the Electronic Book Media;” American Library Association Conference
2001 “Emotional Intelligence and Leadership: Maintaining High-Performance Teams in 21st Century Libraries;” American Library Association Conference
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