Episode 2 of Library Chat is now available. This episode we chat with Rivkah Sass the Library Director at the Sacramento Public Library. Rivkah is a very experienced public library manager and former Library Journal Librarian of the Year. She is enthusiastic, she has vision, she cares and wherever she goes, she sets about making the public library better. She has presented in many forums, including a TedX Youth event hosted at Sacramento Public Libraries with a presentation called Bleak of Brilliant : The Future of Public Libraries. In 2008 she visited New Zealand, visiting over 30 Libraries, which is where I met her, where she made an impression on me, and where our friendship began.
Rivkah and I talk about the health of public libraries in general in the U.S. and the challenges facing them competing for the public dollar. We look at the international landscape and discuss the role of advocacy in ensuring their continued existence. We discuss the future for libraries and finally talk about her time as Librarian of the Year in 2006. What this meant and what it was like to be in that position.