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.

Contact Rebekkah: Rebekkah @ SustainableLibraries  dot org

Recent Presentations

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

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

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

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

Handbook for New Public Library Directors in New York State

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