AVID is a forum for staff at libraries in Illinois to converse and learn about audiovisual topics. The group meets two to 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.
Member Networking Group
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.
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.
CASLN exists as a networking group for school librarians. We are inclusive of all information specialists: library students, college professors, retired professionals, and technology coaches. Join us as we support each other, advocate for school librarianship in the Chicago Area, and share resources.
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.
The Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries (IACRL) is a forum of the Illinois Library Association (ILA) and a chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). Academic libraries in this document are defined as college, community, technical and junior colleges and university libraries as well as research libraries not affiliated with academic institutions.
The mission of IACRL is to promote the interests of academic libraries and the personnel of those libraries; to enhance the abilities of academic library personnel to identify and meet the information needs of current and potential library users; and to develop and promote leadership to the academic library community.
Anyone engaged in marketing, PR, and graphics efforts for their library is encouraged to join us. The group determines the topics to be addressed at our (usually) bi-monthly meetings, which rotate around the Chicago suburban area. We have an active Facebook group. Search for RAILS and ILA Marketing Group and ask to join.