Florida Libraries Online Conference:
Fostering Resilient Communities
June 12, 2020

Keynote: Sustainable Thinking for Community Resilience with Rebekkah Smith Aldrich

Library leaders must mobilize to ensure libraries take an active, visible role in building sustainable and resilient communities. Our future depends on citizens who are able to work together with empathy, respect, and understanding to adapt to the many challenges facing society. We 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 (i.e. the intersection of economic feasibility, environmental stewardship and social equity) to inspire investment and build support for your library in the future.

Track 1: Community Connections

This track will feature the following three webinars:

  • 11 a.m. ET: Connecting the Dots with Tom Vitale of Patterson Library Westfield, NY
  • 1 p.m. ET: Ask, Listen, Act with Amber Williams of Spokane County Library District
  • 2 p.m. ET: Mind the Gap: Connecting Academic Libraries and Campus Communities with Nancy Kranich of Rutgers University School of Communication and Information

Track 2: Disaster Preparedness & Recovery

This track will feature the following three webinars:

  • 11 a.m. ET: Disaster Preparedness with Annie Peterson of LYRASIS
  • 1 p.m. ET: Disaster Recovery with Tom Clareson of LYRASIS
  • 2 p.m. ET: Mental Health and Disasters: Resources for Recovery and Resiliency with Darcy Abbott, Florida Disaster Recovery Mental Health Coordinator

Track 3: Economic Development

This track will feature the following three webinars:

  • 11 a.m. ET: Earning Our Place at the Table: What Librarians Need to Know to Support Entrepreneurship and Economic Development
  • 1 p.m. ET: The Important Role Libraries Play in Supporting Local Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses
  • 2 p.m. ET: Entrepreneur Academy: Moving Public Libraries from Job Fill to Job Creation

Track 4: Friends & Support Groups

This track will feature the following three webinars:

  • 11 a.m. ET: Cultivating Networks to Build a Safety Net with Lawrence Webster, Library and Nonprofit Consultant
  • 1 p.m. ET: Creating a More Resilient Library Budget Through Community Engagement with John Chrastka of EveryLibrary
  • 2 p.m. ET: Funding Your Library: Collaborating with Friends Groups and Foundations with Pat Wagner of Pattern Research