We are a group of outreach specialists, librarians, managers, and support staff dedicated to bringing outreach services to meet the unique needs of each of our libraries populations. We meet to share programming ideas, marketing tips, and ways to partner with community organizations. We promote and advocate for outreach as an essential library service. Whether you use a bookmobile, library van, or your personal car to reach your patrons, this group has something of interest to anyone working in outreach.
Member Networking Group
AVID is a forum for staff at libraries in Illinois to converse and learn about audiovisual topics. The group meets three times a year for programs covering subjects related to audiovisual formats, marketing, programming, new technologies, and to network and troubleshoot with other AV staff members.
Open to managers, department heads and supervisors of adult services units or similar service areas in public libraries with populations between 50,000 and 80,000 (and up). We meet to network and discuss a wide range of issues, including: multi-level management, material formats, innovative services, reorganization and re-spacing, joint conference proposals, flexible technology, patron education, strategic thinking, etc.
Please join us if you fit this description! We welcome your input and company.
LAMPS provides a forum for free exchange of ideas and experiences across libraries and departments.
Open to all library staff. Topics of discussion include information relating to business services offered by the library and librarians, including for job searchers, local businesses, and financial literacy.
For faculty, staff, administrators, and library students with a special interest in Academic Library Marketing.
A group of library directors in McLean, Woodford and Livingston Counties in the eastern part of RAILS. Directors from any type or size of library are welcome to join us.
We are a group of new and veteran K-8 school librarians from Chicago and the north/northwest suburbs who share ideas, experiences, and programs, support each other, and celebrate the professional talents and passions of every member.
The Chicago Area Library Volunteer Administrators Network is a professional group for library volunteer administrators in the Chicago area. We meet quarterly on the 4th Wednesday of January, April, July and October at libraries in the area. Other libraries also take turns hosting, creating the agenda and taking meeting minutes.
We always welcome new members.
For minutes from our past meetings, click here.
Circulation Managers from North Suburban Public Libraries meet quarterly to discuss topics of mutual interest, circulation policies and procedures, resource sharing, technology, and to bring members up-to-date on happenings at their libraries. All RAILS Circulation Managers are welcome to attend and everyone is encouraged to add topics to the agenda.