Category Archives: Trustees

Toward Tech Savvy Trustees

By   12/14/2016

Thursday, January 26, 2017 ? 3:00 pm Eastern / 12:00 pm Pacific ? 1 hour


Library staff are expected to embrace technology advancements and keep their skills sharp and their libraries relevant. But what about library boards—how tech savvy are your trustees? The more that trustees are dialed into a personal use of technology, the better advocates they will be for the library’s technology needs. Learn some fun and practical ways to inspire greater tech savviness in your trustees. You don’t need a board of IT specialists, just a board that has a sharper set of digital tools.

This webinar, hosted by WebJunction in collaboration with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries, is an encore presentation of a session presented at the 2016 ARSL conference.

Presented by: Bonnie McKewon, Consultant, State Library of Iowa, Northwest District


Free Webinar for Trustees: Sustainable Thinking for the Future of Libraries

By   08/02/2016

Libraries must take an active, visible role in building sustainable, resilient and regenerative communities. Our future as libraries depends on it.  “Sustainable Thinking” is a concept that aligns the core values of libraries with the “Triple Bottom Line” definition of sustainability, to result in libraries that are:

  • Sustainable: have the capacity to endure
  • Resilient: can bounce back in the face of disruption
  • Regenerative: bring new and energetic life to their communities

In this session we will explore how to infuse the core value of sustainability into everything we do, taking a whole systems approach to leading our libraries into the future and building our base of support among those we serve along the way.  Those we serve – throughout the communities of New York – are depending on us to lead the way! The attitude we have about the existing situation will help us see opportunities to move our libraries forward, secure operating funds, and breed intense loyalty among those we serve.

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.

Rebekkah Smith Aldrich is the co-author of the Handbook for Library Trustees of New York State and author of the Handbook for New Public Library Directors in New York State.  A frequent national presenter on topics ranging from the management and governance of public libraries to sustainable funding and public library facilities, Rebekkah has assisted public libraries of all types in New York since 1998. She has served the New York Library Association as a Councilor-at-Large, President of the Leadership & Management Section (LAMS) and as a long-time member of the Legislative Committee. Learn more about Rebekkah at

The URL for the trustee webinar session is

Event password:  Sustain1

Registration is required at the site above.