Claudia Depkin | Movers & Shakers 2019 – Community Builders

“Fair, just, and fearless.” That’s how New York Library Association (NYLA) Sustainability Initiative’s (SI) Rebekkah Smith Aldrich describes her cochair, Claudia Depkin. It’s not surprising that Depkin, raised by parents who were actively involved with their local library, sees this institution as a conduit for addressing climate change.

Claudia Depkin

CURRENT POSITION

Library Director, Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library, Garnerville, NY

DEGREE

Advanced Certificate in Public Library Administration, Long Island University, 2009; MLS, University at Albany, SUNY, 1993

FOLLOW

@cjdepkin; hkdpl.org; nyla.org/sustainability; nyla.org/drawdown

Photo ©2019 Matt Lawrence Photography

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Walking the Walk

“Fair, just, and fearless.” That’s how New York Library Association (NYLA) Sustainability Initiative’s (SI) Rebekkah Smith Aldrich describes Claudia Depkin, president of NYLA's Sustainable Thinking & Action Round Table (START). It’s not surprising that Depkin, raised by parents who were actively involved with their local library, sees this institution as a conduit for addressing climate change.

Aldrich credits Depkin with helping to build and spread SI’s message. “We have over 1,100 unique readers of our website, over 400 subscribers to our newsletter, and close to 100 members of our Facebook group,” says Depkin. In addition, some 36 public libraries have registered for the Sustainable Library Certification Program, with the first two gaining certification in early 2019. Depkin’s library has signed on, too. “I’ve got to walk the walk if I’m going to talk the talk!” she says. The SI also has engaged staffers from 70 libraries to participate in its New York Reads Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed To Reverse Global Warming , set for this spring.

What’s next? This year, the SI moves from being a committee of NYLA to “becoming a roundtable, and I get to be the inaugural president of the group,” says Depkin.

“There isn’t much that I think is more important than the long-term viability of our libraries, our communities, and our planet,” says Depkin. “Every decision we make, be it in libraries, at the municipal level, or in our personal lives, has to be made with an understanding of the impacts on the environment, financial stability, and social justice and equity.”

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BARBARA and BOB BRAINE

Wow! Way to go. Congratulations to a terrific woman and super librarian. Love, Barbara and Bob

Posted : Mar 08, 2019 09:38


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