RASSL, Reference Association of South Suburban Libraries, is a forum for reference librarians in the southern suburbs of Chicago and provides various opportunities for increasing knowledge, sharing information, networking with colleagues, and supporting fellow librarians.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: