Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, MLS, is the owner of Sustainable Libraries, LLC and 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 (NaSBA), 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.
Named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker in 2010, Rebekkah is a frequent presenter at libraries and conferences around the US.
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
10 Easy Ways to Ruin Your Library’s Reputation | Pioneer Library System | Canandaigua, NY
The Changing Season of Libraries | Lackawanna County Library System | Scranton, PA
Sustainable 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)]
Building Your Base (&Your Budget) | Public Library Association Conference | Philadelphia, PA
Grassroots Advocacy 101 | New York Library Association Conference | Saratoga Springs, NY
Greening Your Library | Long Island Library Resources Council | Plainview, NY
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