Sustainable Thinking for the Future of Libraries

Wednesday, 4/12/2017
  • 2:00 PM-3:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 1:00 PM-2:00 PM (Central)
  • 12:00 PM-1:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (Pacific)

Sustainability image of three-leafed plantLibraries of all types must take an active, visible role in building sustainable and resilient communities. Our future depends on it. 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 justice—to inspire investment and build support for the future.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will:

  • Understand the critical nature of the mantra "community first";
  • Know how to articulate the "why" behind the "what" to best deliver your message about your library; and
  • Be able to advance into the unknown with confidence!

Who Should Attend

Public library staff, directors, and trustees. No previous knowledge of the topic is required.


Rebekkah Smith AldrichRebekkah Smith Aldrich, MLS, LEED AP, CSBA, is a passionate advocate for public libraries because she knows that libraries can change the world. Rebekkah currently serves as the coordinator for Library Sustainability at the Mid-Hudson Library System (N.Y.) where she daily assists 66 public libraries in the areas of leadership, funding, and facilities. She is the Sustainability columnist for Library Journal, author of the Handbook for New Public Library Directors in New York State, and co-author of the Handbook for Public Library Trustees in New York State. A founding member of the American Library Association's Sustainability Roundtable and co-chair of the New York Library Association's Sustainability Initiative, Rebekkah is proud of her work to put communities at the heart of America's libraries. Named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker, she is a frequent national presenter on the topic of leading libraries forward in smart, practical, and effective ways.




  • PLA Personal Member: $28.00
  • ALA Personal Member: $31.50
  • Nonmember: $35.00


  • Group of any size: $129.00

For purposes of group registration, a group is defined as people gathered in one room at one location to participate in the live webinar broadcast.

Archived Recording

Registration includes access to the archived recording of this webinar for one year. If you register for the live webinar as an individual, then your access to the archived recording is for you only. If you wish to share the archived recording with multiple people—viewing either on an individual basis or gathered together in a single location—then you must register for the live webinar at the group rate. Neither individual nor group registration includes permission to rebroadcast or redistribute this webinar. Thank you for your cooperation.

How to Register

DEADLINE TO REGISTER FOR THIS WEBINAR IS 11:59 PM CENTRAL ON MONDAY, APRIL 10, 2017. Due to technical preparations for the webinar we are unable to process any registrations after this date/time.

To register with a credit card, click here to begin the online registration process. On ALA’s Online Registration page select the “Register” link next to the webinar you wish to attend. You will need to enter your ALA ID and password. If you do not have an ALA ID and password, you will be asked to create one. Please note: Once your registration is processed, you will receive a receipt/confirmation e-mail containing additional information about accessing the webinar on the day of the event.

To register with a purchase order or by mail, click here to download the registration form (PDF, 1 pg.). Complete the form and submit it with your P.O., or with a check. Faxing/mailing instructions are on the form. Faxed or mailed registration forms must be received by the posted registration deadline (above). Forms received after the deadline will not be processed. Please note: Once your registration is processed, you will receive a receipt/confirmation e-mail containing additional information about accessing the webinar on the day of the event.

If you have a physical or communication need that may affect your participation in this webinar, please contact us at or 800-545-2433 ext. 5PLA (5752) at least two weeks prior to the registration deadline above. Without prior notification of need, we cannot attempt to provide appropriate accommodations.

Cancelations must be submitted in writing at least one week prior to the event. No phone cancelations will be accepted. A $25 processing fee will be deducted from the registration amount. Please mail registration cancellations to American Library Association, ATTN: MACS, Online CE Registration, 50 E. Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611; fax to 312-280-1538; or e-mail to Refunds will be processed after the event. PLA reserves the right to cancel a course or workshop for insufficient registration or other reasons.

Tech Requirements

This webinar will be presented using the WebEx Event Center platform. You may listen to the audio portion of the webinar via your computer's speakers, headphones plugged into your computer's audio jack or USB port; or by dialing in with your telephone (your carrier's charges may apply) or Skype (by following the process outlined by Skype to place calls to land lines). We suggest that groups, especially larger groups, plan ahead to use an LCD/LED projector in the room to project the webinar. Groups will also want to have speakers or a sound system capable of amplifying the webinar audio for the entire room. No microphone is required.

PLEASE NOTE: PLA provides its webinar audio through voice over IP (VoIP), which means the sound comes through speakers or headphones plugged into your computer. PLA works with its webinar platform provider to assure the highest quality audio is being delivered to attendees. However, variables over which PLA has no control—such as the speed of your Internet connection or traffic on your local network—can affect the end quality of the webinar audio delivered by your computer. Each webinar’s audio is also available by teleconference via a toll number, so we recommend you have access to a long-distance enabled phone as a backup in case you experience audio issues with VoIP. If you do encounter any problems during the webinar, you will receive a link to its archived recording within a week of the live event and can review anything you missed.

Credits or CEUs

PLA does not award credit hours, or CEUs, but will provide a boilerplate certificate of completion for this webinar, which registrants—individuals and groups—can personalize as needed.


Questions about this webinar? Please contact us at or 800-545-2433 ext. 5PLA (5752). For questions about webinar registration, please call 800-545-2433 ext. 5.