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Rebekkah Smith Aldrich
August 26, 2021

The State Library of Ohio and OhioNet are excited to announce the 3rd installment in the Critical Conversation Series is Sustainable Thinking: What the World Needs Now with Rebekkah Smith Aldrich. The virtual event will be held September 8 at 2 p.m. and a recording will be shared with those who cannot attend live. The presentation is geared toward Ohio library staff of all levels and all library types.

According to recent reports from the United Nations, climate change is widespread and intensifying and can no longer be ignored.  Our future depends on citizens who are able to work together with empathy, respect, and understanding to adapt to the many challenges facing society. Ms. Smith-Aldrich will explore the importance of infusing the new 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. This consists of practices that are environmentally sound, economically feasible, and socially equitable. Libraries play an important and unique role in promoting community awareness about resilience, climate change, and a sustainable future.

After her presentation, Ms. Smith Aldrich will be in conversation with Erin Kelsey, Library Consultant at the State Library of Ohio, about sustainable thinking about how it’s a great opportunity to start talking about and acting on these principles to better our libraries and communities.

Registrants will be sent a Zoom link via email in a few days prior to the event. A recording will be uploaded and available for viewing if you can’t make the live event.

Media Contact:

Marsha McDevitt-Stredney, Public Information Officer and Director, Marketing & Communications (614) 644-6875