The Newbie Directors' Group was formed in 2015 when there was an influx of new public library directors in the north central/northwest part of the state. We have continued to meet and add new directors regularly. The group helps answer questions, shares ideas and information, and discusses library topics.
Member Networking Group
CLASS is a professional organization of public youth librarians who are within the service area of RAILS and south of Interstate I-55(Stevenson Expressway).
The principal purpose of CLASS is to provide continuing education through an open avenue of exchange of materials, ideas and programs pertinent to Youth Services and to promote cooperation among public library members.
We are a group of library professionals that create programming dedicated to the 20s and 30s age group. We meet quarterly, and have a Google group for idea sharing and networking.
This networking group is made up of librarians who are responsible for any aspect of the selecting and/or purchasing of collections. We meet quarterly discuss various topics, ideas, and trends concerning all areas of collection development in public libraries. All are welcome!
T.O.Y.S. (Teen or Youth Selectors) connects Youth/Teen Collection Librarians and library staff with each other to share and develop ideas related to collection development. Anyone who participates in collection development for ages 0-18 in welcome to attend.
Issues of interest to Youth Services Managers serving children and teens in DuPage and Kane Counties.
We are a facilities group designed to enhance networking and increase knowledge of the trade through quarterly meetings at various libraries throughout the state. Within this group is decades of knowledge in running facilities, and a wealth of information that can be utilized by anyone in the trade.
HSLI sponsors and supports activities which promote and develop health science library services in Illinois. Our members promote health literacy by providing reputable health related resources to Illinois health care providers and consumers through resource sharing of library collections through interlibrary loan, training in selection of and access to health related resources, and collaborative reference initiatives to respond to provider and consumer health questions.
The Community Engagement group invites participation from professional and support staff working in libraries with the intention of connecting libraries, residents and community partners to bring about positive change. Whether you've been trained in the Harwood Institute's Turning Outward approach or are just starting to explore the idea of community partnerships, join us to share your goals, successes, and ideas for connecting with your community.
This is a multi-type library networking group for librarians in the southwestern portion of RAILS. Member libraries host the quarterly meetings to share information and experiences and discuss issues and concerns.