Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, MLS, author of Sustainable Thinking: Ensuring Your Library’s Future in an Uncertain World and principal of Sustainable Libraries, LLC, has been a public library development consultant since 1998. Rebekkah currently holds the position of Coordinator for Library Sustainability at the Mid-Hudson Library System in New York where she assists 66 public libraries in the areas of governance, management, funding and facilities.

Rebekkah is a certified Sustainable Building Advisor (cSBA),  Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP) and a holds an advanced certificate in Public Library Administration from the Palmer School of Library and Information Science at Long Island University.

A founding member of the American Library Association’s Sustainability Round Table (SustainRT), Rebekkah spearheaded the passage of the American Library Association’s Resolution on the Importance of Sustainable Libraries.

Active in the New York Library Association (NYLA), Rebekkah is co-founder, and co-chair, of the NYLA Sustainability Initiative Committee.

Named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker in 2010, Rebekkah is Library Journal’s sustainability columnist and a frequent presenter at libraries and conferences around the US.

Contact Rebekkah: Rebekkah @ SustainableLibraries  dot org

Recent Presentations

Library Journal’s Public Library Think Tank: The Power of Youth Services, Transforming Public Library Impact (with Lisa Kropp), Miami, FL

Keynote, joint conference of the Hawai‘i Library Association (HLA) and the Hawai‘i Association of School Librarians (HASL)

Change Management, New York Library Association

Youth Services & Sustainability, with Lisa Kropp, New York Library Association

Sustainable Thinking for the Future of Libraries, Public Library Association webinar

Keynote, Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference

Symposium on the Future of Libraries, American Library Association, Midwinter Conference  |  Atlanta, GA

Library Journal Library Director’s Summit  |  Sacramento, CA

Vermont State Library Trustee Conference  |  Stowe, VT

Libraries: A Powerful Platform for Change  |  New York Library Association Conference  |  Saratoga Springs, NY

Saving the World, One Library at a Time  |  Virginia Library Association  |  Hot Springs, VA

LEEDing and Living: Sustainability’s Role in Your Project  |  Lead the Change, Library Design Workshop  |  Library Journal

Masters Series  |  American Library Association Midwinter Conference  |  Boston, MA

LLAMA Thought Leaders Series: Rebekkah Smith Aldrich

Empower, Engage, Excite: The Future of Library Advocacy  |  Central New York Library Resource Council  |  Syracuse, NY

10 Easy Ways to Ruin Your Library’s Reputation  |  Connecticut Library Association Annual Conference  |  Groton, CT

Sustainable Thinking  |  Leadership & Management Academy  |  Albany, NY

10 Easy Ways to Ruin Your Library’s Reputation (PR Essentials) | Pre-Conference | Public Library Association (PLA) Conference | Indianapolis, IN

Throw Out the Map and Get Out the Compass:  Leading Libraries Forward in Uncertain Times | Library Survival Conference | Buffalo, NY

Fear is the New F Word | New York Library Association Conference | Niagara Falls, NY

Strategies for Sustainable Funding | Westchester Library System | Ossining, NY

The Changing Season of Libraries | Lackawanna County Library System | Scranton, PA

ŸŸSustainable Thinking: Passageway to Better Buildings, Budgets & Beyond | American Library Association Conference | Anaheim, CA | [co-presented with Susan Benton, Director, Urban Libraries Council, Jeffrey Sherer, founding principal of MS&R Architects, and Louise Shaper, former director of the Fayetteville Public Library (AK)]

ŸBuilding Your Base (&Your Budget) | Public Library Association Conference | Philadelphia, PA


Sustainable Thinking: Ensuring Your Library’s Future in an Uncertain World, ALA Editions

Sustainability Columnist, Library Journal

Handbook for Library Trustees of New York State

Sustainable Thinking (chapter), The Green Library – Die grüne Bibliothek, International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions

Greening Libraries in Historic Buildings (chapter), Greening Libraries, Library Juice Press

How a Small Net-Zero Energy Library Got the World’s Attention, Library Journal

A Whole Systems Approach: Integrated Building Design, Library Journal

Handbook for New Public Library Directors in New York State

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  1. Rebekkah, are you or Matthew available for a 4 hour workshop/presentation to library trustees in southeast PA? I’m on a planning committee for a organizing a workshop (late May thru early July is our timeframe) and are wondering if this is something you do.

    Thanks for responding,

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