Rebekkah Smith Aldrich

On Thursday, September 8 from 2pm to 3pm, the New York State Library and the Library Trustees Association of New York State will offer a webinar by Rebekkah Smith Aldrich entitled, “Sustainable Thinking for the Future of Libraries.”

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 will 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 workshop 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 is the 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 of all types in New York since 1998. She has served the New York Library Association as a Councilor-at-Large, President of the Leadership & Management Section (LAMS) and as a long-time member of the Legislative Committee. Learn more about Rebekkah at

The primary audience for this webinar is trustees, but others are welcome to attend. The webinar will count as continuing education for New York State Public Librarian Certification.

The URL for the trustee webinar session is

Event password:  Sustain1

Registration is required at the site above.
The pc requirements for WebEx are listed here:  

To test your pc ahead of time you may run a test session at

 The webinar will be archived on the State Library’s website at a future date. Please see for information on upcoming webinars and access to archived webinars.

If you have questions regarding this webinar please contact Amy Heebner, Division of Library Development, New York State Library at 518-474-4883 or

Tue 8/2/2016 2:44 PM
[NYLINE] NYSL and LTA Offer September 8 Webinar:  Sustainable Thinking for the Future of Libraries