Keynote Speakers

Join us for two days of insights from some of the best in the library community.

Rebekkah Smith Aldrich

Executive Director, Mid-Hudson Library System.

Rebekkah Smith Aldrich (MLS, LEED AP) is the Executive Director of the Mid-Hudson Library System (NY), the co-founder and board president of the Sustainable Libraries Initiative (SLI) and principal author of the award-winning Sustainable Library Certification Program. For over twenty years, Rebekkah has worked with public libraries across the globe to ensure library services are relevant and responsive so that our communities thrive. Rebekkah is an active member of the American Library Association (ALA), most recently chairing the new Council Committee on Sustainability; serving on the board of the Center for the Future of Libraries; and as a founding board member of the Sustainability Round Table. Rebekkah was recognized as a Library Journal Mover & Shaker in 2010 and was presented with the New York Library Association’s Outstanding Service to Libraries Award in 2018. Aldrich is an adjunct professor at the Palmer School of Library & Information Science at Long Island University, serves as Library Journal’s Sustainability columnist, and has written or co-edited three books for ALA Editions along with authoring the New York State Handbooks for New Directors and Trustees. Rebekkah is a frequent national and international presenter and writer on the topic of leading libraries forward in smart, practical, and effective ways.

Steven Gonzalez Monserrate

PhD candidate at MIT

Steven Gonzalez Monserrate is a PhD Candidate in the History, Anthropology, Science, Technology & Society (HASTS) program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His dissertation project, “Cloud Ecologies”, is an ethnographic study of data centers and their ecological impacts in New England, Arizona, Puerto Rico, and Iceland.

Steven holds an MA in Anthropology from Brandeis University and a BA in Feminist Anthropology from Keene State College. Steven is also a filmmaker and speculative fiction writer (under the byline E.G. Condé).