February 17, 2018

Rebekkah Smith Aldrich | Movers & Shakers 2010 – Community Builders

Library Journal March 15, 2010: Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, Mover & Shaker

A Deeper Green

It’s hard to choose one example of Rebekkah Aldrich’s work that best exemplifies her dedication to libraries. It could be that during her decade-long term as the coordinator of member information for the 66 libraries in New York State’s Mid-Hudson Library System (MHLS), she was the official contact for 38 of the 120 areas of service MHLS provides. Or it could be that she answered some 1500 questions a year on topics as disparate as advocacy, buildings, and legal issues. Or it could be that Aldrich guided 30 libraries to create Friends groups, or developed the trustee training curriculum now offered eight times a year, or built the widely recognized “Don’t Cut the Heart Out of Our Community” advocacy campaign, or crafted a proven model for libraries to secure budget votes in their favor, or… you get the picture.

“Her knowledge and dedication have had a significant impact on dozens of library directors, hundreds of trustees, and hundreds of thousands of patrons in MHLS,” says nominator Julie Johnson, director of the Kinderhook Memorial Library. “Every professional-development opportunity that Rebekkah takes advantage of exponentially benefits the New York State library community, because she effectively promulgates all that she learns.”

Aldrich now has even more to share. In late 2009, she completed an advanced certificate in public library administration through the Palmer School of Long Island University and also netted certification as a Sustainable Building Advisor, the first librarian to do so, and became a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)–Accredited Professional. In her new role as MHLS coordinator for library growth and sustainability, she’ll bring new shades of meaning—and practical knowledge—to both.

“Libraries that go green are demonstrating, in one of the most visible ways possible, a commitment to being good stewards of public dollars,” says Aldrich. With that kind of “green” thumb to follow, libraries can lead the way.


Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, Mid-Hudson Library System, Poughkeepsie, NY

CURRENT POSITION Coordinator for Library Growth & Sustainability

DEGREE MLS, Southern Connecticut State University, 2007

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