We're an informal group that discusses the latest issues in processing, vendors, collection management, cataloging, and more. Everyone is encouraged to add topics to the agenda and the meetings are open to all levels of staff.
Member Networking Group
Networking group for directors of small public libraries in northwestern Illinois.
We are a networking group sharing ideas about green initiatives in our libraries.
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.
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.
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.
Primarily public library directors in the LaSalle area.
The SAIL group is open to all library administrators. We usually have a meeting topic but members are also welcome to bring questions for group feedback. Attendees are also invited to lunch, at own cost, at an area restaurant.
Primarily library directors in Dekalb County and those just over neighboring county lines.
The Kankakee Area Library Association (KALA) includes academic, public, school, and special libraries based within Kankakee County, Illinois and the surrounding areas. KALA members recognize that through the cooperative efforts of libraries, it is possible to provide more resources and maintain a greater political presence. KALA's primary objectives are: