Activate Sustainable Thinking for the Future of Libraries

Libraries must take an active, visible role in building sustainable and resilient communities. Our future depends on it in more ways than one. We will explore the importance of infusing the core value of sustainability into everything we do, and demonstrate how libraries that lead into the future using “sustainable thinking” fulfill our mission as libraries in new and innovative ways. “Sustainable Thinking” is a concept that aligns the core values of libraries with the “Triple Bottom Line” definition of sustainability: economic feasibility, environmental stewardship and social equity to inspire investment and build support for your library in the future.

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
  • Advance with confidence into the unknown


May 14: Somerset County Library System, Manville Branch – 100 South 10th Ave., Manville, NJ 08835

May 15: Monmouth County Library, Headquarters – 125 Symmes Dr, Manalapan Township, NJ 07726

Registration begins at 9:00am and the training runs from 9:30am to 1:00pm. Breakfast will be provided.

COST: $25/pp



Rebekkah Smith Aldrich (MLS, LEED AP) currently serves as the Coordinator for Library Sustainability at the Mid-Hudson Library System (NY) where she assists 66 public libraries in the areas of leadership, funding and facilities and is an adjunct professor at Long Island University. Rebekkah is the author of Sustainable Thinking: Ensuring Your Library’s Future in an Uncertain WorldResilience, the Handbook for Public Library Directors in New York State, the co-author of the Handbook for Library Trustees of New York State, and is the sustainability columnist for Library Journal. Rebekkah co-chairs both the New York Library Association’s Sustainability Initiative (NYLA-SI) and the American Library Association’s (ALA) Special Task Force on Sustainability and serves as an advisory board member to the Center for the Future of Libraries at ALA. Named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker, Rebekkah is a frequent national presenter on the topic of leading libraries forward in smart, practical and effective ways.

Matthew Bollerman is the Director of the Hauppauge Public Library. Matt previously was Director at the Westhampton and Brookhaven Free Library. At Westhampton he helped construct a new $7.8 million, 14,250 square foot LEED Gold building that was recognized by Library Journal in their New Landmark Libraries issue. Matt was recognized by the New York Library Association with their 2014 Outstanding Service to Libraries Award and served as president of the New York Library Association in 2012. He is passionate about public libraries ability to help regenerate their communities.