Rebekkah Smith Aldrich to be Guest Speaker for March Workshop!


The North Country Library System is pleased to have guest speaker, Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, presenting her Facilities for Today and Tomorrow class at the North Country Library System on Tuesday, March 20th, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.  The class will also be available via video conference at the Potsdam Public Library and the Oswego Public Library.  

We are excited to have Rebekkah present this topic at NCLS and would love to have a full house in attendance.  If you haven't already, please consider attending.  You won't be disappointed!


More about the workshop...

Facilities for Today & Tomorrow
Guest Speaker: Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, Owner & Principal, Sustainable Libraries, LLC

One of the most valuable assets of every library is their facility. From the operation and maintenance of the facility to planning for future needs of your community, good stewardship of your facility is key to providing quality library service.  

Our goal at the end of the event is that participants will:

· Understand both short and long-term issues for consideration in the good stewardship of their facilities

· Be familiar with basic outline for a library’s facility plan

· Have a better understanding of the categories for consideration when assessing a facility’s sustainability

NCLS & Video Conf. (OSW, POT)               Tuesday, 3/20, 10:00am - 1:00pm


More about our guest speaker...


Rebekkah holds a Master’s degree in Library Science and is a certified Public Library Administrator.  She has been a library development consultant since 1998, working with libraries in the areas of governance, management, funding and facilities.  She has managed the State Aid for Public Library Construction program at the Mid-Hudson Library System for 15 years, administering more than $6 million in grant funding.  She is one of the architects of the nationally recognized “Getting to Yes” and “Building Your Base” projects, both of which have proven track records of increasing community support for libraries both in the forms of good will and financial support for operating costs and capital projects.  She is currently Library Journal’s Sustainability Columnist, the co-chair of the American Library Association’s  (ALA) Task Force on Sustainability and co-chair of the New York Library Association’s Sustainability Initiative.  She was named a Library Journal  Mover & Shaker 2010, is the author of the Handbook for New Public Library Directors in New York State and the co-author of the Handbook for Library Trustees of New York State.  She speaks nationally on capacity building topics for public libraries.  She has two books coming out from ALA Editions in 2018: Sustainable Thinking and Resilience (part of the ALA Center for the Future of Libraries series).  To view her full range of experience and read recommendations from her past clients, feel free to visit