Youth and Young Adult Services

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Library Administrators of Northern Illinois

Since 1954, LACONI has been introducing library staff to new technologies and ideas, best practices, and popular programs for children and adults. LACONI is comprised of eight different sections which offer programs designed to enhance skills and knowledge of library staff in their area of expertise.

The LACONI Salary Survey is an important resource for budgets and planning. Compensation is an important element that brings the best job candidates to the library, and retains them. Many organizations use market data surveys to structure their compensation systems. This salary and benefits survey confirms the market value for library staff performance, and justifies your compensation decisions to boards and city managers.

The Best of the Best Presenter Directory is a directory created by the Outreach, Promotions, and Programs (OPP) committee to help adult programmers in libraries find engaging and successful programs for their communities. Content is based on recommendations from LACONI members and librarians in the state and vetted by the OPP board. Initially published as a print directory, the guide was produced and distributed on a CD-ROM in 2009. In 2012 the content was turned into an online database available exclusively to LACONI members

The Harvest of Resources Directory is a valuable tool containing descriptions, costs, and contact information for hundreds of performers available for hire in the Northern Illinois area.

Tinker

Tinker is a networking group for library staff who work–or want to work–with children, teens, and technology. We are interested in sharing programming ideas and providing an opportunity to work hands-on with technology. To contact us, leave a comment on this website, e-mail us at tinkerfolks@gmail.com, visit us at facebook.com/tinker.folks, or follow us on Twitter @TinkerGroup.

Special Needs and Inclusive Library Services

SNAILS is a networking group made up of professionals from Chicago-area public libraries. We support one another's efforts to provide specialized services and programs to children and teens with disabilities through collaboration and training. Our meetings and blog are forums to exchange ideas, learn, advocate, and inspire. SNAILS is passionately committed to inclusivity and making a positive impact on the lives of all children.

Young Adult Special Interest Group

This group is for teen librarians and those that work with teens. We provide opportunities for sharing ideas, concerns, and success stories with respect to all areas of service to young adults, and have recently begun collaborating to bring our teen patrons some great larger scale programming (like the inter-library Hunger Games) . We meet 6 times per year in person at various libraries in the Illinois (former) Metropolitan Library System in Chicago-land. Feel free to join our google group if you would like more information.

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.

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