Member Networking Group

Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries

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 the 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; to develop and promote leadership to the academic library community.

RAILS Marketing

Anyone engaged in marketing efforts for their library is encouraged to join us. The group determines the topics to be addressed at our bimonthly meetings, which rotate around the Chicago suburban area. We have an active Facebook group. Search for RAILS Marketing Group and ask to join.

RAILS Assistant Directors

Join us for our quarterly RAILS Assistant Directors networking group meeting, for anyone at a RAILS library working in an Assistant Director or similar position. Administrators from all library types are welcome.

Meetings are typically in the morning on the third or fourth Friday of January, April, July and October. Specific dates and locations are posted to L2.

ATLAS

ATLAS is an organization of public libraries in the south & southwest suburbs of Chicago dedicated to provide networking and continuing education opportunities for librarians, staff and trustees.

We are a formal organization dedicated to providing continuing education and networking opportunities for our members. Membership is open to any RAILS public library, for an annual membership fee of $50 with the understanding that most meetings and workshops will take place in the south/southwest suburbs.

Non-member libraries can still participate in continuing education programs for a higher fee.

In addition to ATLAS Presents, the CE component of ATLAS, we will also have a monthly Directors' Discussion Group, open to all public library directors who are members of ATLAS. We generally meet the second Thursday of every month. Topics include areas of commonality in system, state, and local levels.

School Library support group

I have recently taken over as the librarian for Morrison High School, in Morrison. Having spent one decade in retail and another inteaching, I am a little rusty and am trying to polish my library degree. I have had quite a learning curve. I would appreciate anyone working in school libraries joining this group for a little mutual support.

Chicago Area Solo Librarians (open to all solos in RAILS region)

The Chicago Area Solo Librarians (CASL) group was formed in 2001 by some solo librarians in Chicago who wanted to meet and network, to commiserate and celebrate, the challenges of life as a solo librarian. Solo librarians are those who run their library as the sole professional librarian, though sometimes they may have a library assistant or interns. Please note that though named "Chicago Area", we are not geographically exclusive, and we encourage participation and interest from solos throughout the region.

CASL has typically met once a quarter at a member library, usually in Chicago in the early evening (6 – 7:30pm), to have either a targeted discussion on a specific topic or an informal presentation by a member librarian or guest speaker; we then often get a tour of the library we are visiting. CASL is open to new ideas for meetings or events, though we've generally found early evenings as a good meeting time for solos who can't abandon their post during the days. CASL meetings are very informal and there are currently no dues to join; this is an all-volunteer effort.

If interested in becoming a part of our group, please subscribe by sending a message to casl-join@list.railslibraries.info, then you may subsequently post to casl@list.railslibraries.info.

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