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The State Library is pleased to announce that the recording and slides for the September 8 webinar,  “Sustainable Thinking for the Future of Libraries,” are  now available on the State Library’s website at  The recording is available through WebEx.

Sustainable Thinking for the Future of Libraries, Rebekkah Smith Aldrich

Libraries must take an active, visible role in building sustainable, resilient and regenerative communities. Our future as libraries depends on it.  “Sustainable Thinking” is a concept that aligns the core values of libraries with the “Triple Bottom Line” definition of sustainability, to result in libraries that are:

  • Sustainable: have the capacity to endure
  • Resilient: can bounce back in the face of disruption
  • Regenerative: bring new and energetic life to their communities

In this session we explore how to infuse the core value of sustainability into everything we do, taking a whole systems approach to leading our libraries into the future and building our base of support among those we serve along the way.  Those we serve – throughout the communities of New York – are depending on us to lead the way! The attitude we have about the existing situation will help us see opportunities to move our libraries forward, secure operating funds, and breed intense loyalty among those we serve.

At the end of this webinar participants will:

  • Understand the urgency behind the need to think differently about our future
  • Be mobilized to think sustainably about the future of their library and their community
  • Have new tools and inspiration for helping their communities thrive.
Rebekkah Smith Aldrich

This webinar was presented by Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, co-author of the Handbook for Library Trustees of New York State and author of the Handbook for New Public Library Directors in New York State.  A frequent national presenter on topics ranging from the management and governance of public libraries to sustainable funding and public library facilities, Rebekkah has assisted public libraries in New York since 1998 to move forward in smart, practical ways. Assisting on over 100 public vote campaigns and conducting close to 200 community focus groups she has a unique perspective on community perception of libraries in New York. She currently serves the New York Library Association as a long-time member of the Legislative Committee and co-leader of  NYLA’s exciting new Sustainability Initiative. Rebekkah is also a founding member of the American Library Association’s Sustainability Round Table and writes the Sustainability column for Library Journal.

Please contact Amy Heebner, Library Development Specialist, New York State Library at if you have any questions about the webinars