Sustainable Thinking Builds Strong Libraries and Resilient Communities


Building upon the “Sustainable Thinking” keynote from last year’s “The Exchange” conference, this panel discussion featuring leaders from the Sustainable Libraries Initiative (SLI) will show the organizational transformations that took place at different library settings when their leaders focused on infusing sustainable thinking and actions into all areas of library operations. Sustainable thinking can prepare libraries for future disruption and help build organizational resilience. Hear how the triple bottom line definition of sustainability was the guiding factor for library leaders as they introduced this new philosophy to their trustees, staff, and public.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this webinar, participants will:

·        Leave with knowledge and an understanding of the triple bottom line definition of sustainability and how it directly relates to libraries;

·       Learn how to build organizational buy-in for sustainable thinking and sustainable concepts in libraries; and

·       Understand how the new core value of sustainability opens doorways to funding sources, community support, and new partnerships outside of library land.


Janet Scherer is currently the Director of the South Huntington Public Library in Huntington Station, NY. Prior to her current role, she held the positions of Assistant Director and Head of Youth Services, also in South Huntington. Janet obtained both her MLS and Advanced Certificate in Library Administration from the Palmer School at LIU-Post. She has successfully completed coursework given by the Parent Leadership Training Institute, the Huntington Leadership Flagship Program, the Harwood Institute and the first cohort of Community Change Agents led by the NYLA Sustainability Committee. Janet serves on the Long Island Library Resource Council (LILRC) Board of Directors; the LILRC Annual Conference Committee; PLDA/NDA Diversity Committee; as well as the Advisory Board for the Sustainable Libraries Initiative and Member-at-Large on the New York Library Associations’ START (Sustainable Thinking & Action Roundtable) Board.

Lisa Kropp is the Coordinator for ALA’s sustainability round table, SustainRT. She serves on the advisory board of the national Sustainable Libraries Initiative and has been the Director of the Lindenhurst Memorial Library (NY) since 2018, where she successfully led the library through the SLCP certification process in 2019. She is currently overseeing a ten-million-dollar renovation and expansion of the library that will include numerous sustainable features and services.

Rebekkah Smith Aldrich is currently the Executive Director of the Mid-Hudson Library System in upstate New York. Rebekkah is a co-founder of the award-winning Sustainable Libraries Initiative; a founding board member of the American Library Association’s Sustainability Round Table; an advisory board member for the Center for the Future of Libraries and Library Journal’s sustainability columnist. Named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker, Rebekkah is a frequent international speaker on the topic of how libraries contribute to more sustainable and resilient communities.

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