Rivkah Sass

Rivkah Sass holds a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Washington (iSchool) and has spent four decades working in public and state library agencies in Washington, Oregon, Maryland, and Nebraska and three years in the private sector. She returned to California in 2009 to serve as the Library Director/CEO of Sacramento Public Library Authority, California’s fourth largest public library system. Sacramento Public Library’s 28 locations and mobile units provide services to a diverse population of 1.4 million urban, suburban and rural residents.

Rivkah is passionate about the role libraries play in lifelong learning, civic engagement and as the last vestige of democracy, free and open to all. Sacramento’s libraries offer 200 storytimes a month to help young children get ready for school, maker spaces to help people learn new technologies, the opportunity to hear first-class authors and programs, and the chance to borrow everything from books to pressure washers.

Rivkah was named Librarian of the Year by the Library Journal in 2006, 2018 Woman Who Means Business by the Sacramento Business Journal and 2018 University of Washington iSchool Distinguished Alumna.

Rivkah’s daughter Ilana, son-in-law Kenny and grandson Bowen live in Sacramento. Rivkah also shares life with her retired racing greyhound Gary Anderson Cooper and her dachshund mix, Ms. Edgar Allan Poesy.


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