Networking Opportunities

Suburban Libraries' Administrator Meeting (SLAM)

ATLAS helps coordinate a monthly networking meeting to provide an opportunity for its member library directors to network, consult, mentor and advocate. SLAM takes place at 10:00 am on the second Friday of the month unless otherwise noted. Topics include updates on local, system and state library issues, best practices, networking, and mentoring.

Upcoming Dates and Locations:

August 9, 2019: Alsip-Merrionette Park Public Library District

September 13, 2019: Palos Heights Public Library

October 11, 2019: Glenwood-Lynwood Public Library District

November 8, 2019: South Holland Public Library

January 10, 2020: Crete Public Library District

February 14, 2020: Acorn Public Library

March 13, 2020: Flossmoor Public Library

April 10, 2020: Morris Area Public Library

May 8, 2020: Richton Park Public Library District

June 12, 2020: Peotone Public Library District

ATLAS Middle Managers Round Table (AMMRT)

AMMRT is a free, informal round table discussion group open to all middle managers (not just ATLAS libraries). Meetings are located at libraries in the South Suburbs. The focus at AMMRT is on issues and best practices of library middle management.

AMMRT meets from 9:30am-12:00pm on the third Friday of alternating months. Locations are determined at the preceding meeting, and are posted on the L2 calendar.

Upcoming Meeting Dates:

July 19, 2019: Homewood Public Library District

September 20, 2019: Green Hills Public Library District

November 15, 2019

January 17, 2020

March 20, 2020

May 15, 2020

July 17, 2020

ATLAS Business Managers Round Table

The Business Managers Round Table is a discussion group open to business managers, focusing on issues and best practices of library business management. Meetings run from 9:00-11:00am.

Looking for more ways to connect with your colleagues?

Check out these other library networking groups that meet in the area:

Children's Librarians Association of the South Suburbs (CLASS)

CLASS is a professional organization of public youth librarians who meet bi-monthly, September-May at member libraries throughout the south suburban area. Click Here for more information.

Library Administrators Conference of Northern Illinois (LACONI)

LACONI is comprised of eight different sections which offer programs designed to enhance skills and knowledge of library staff in their area of expertise. For more information, visit their website at

Managers of Children's and Teen Services (M CATS)

M CATS (Formerly known as NWSS YS Managers Group) is a networking collaborative of managers that meets every other month to share ideas and best practices, and to help each other work through issues with fresh insight and support. Click Here for more information.

Networking Youth Services (NWYS)

NWYS is a forum for Public Youth Services Librarians in the near west suburbs of Chicago. For more information, visit their website at

Reference Association of South Suburban Libraries (RASSL)

RASSL provides reference librarians with an opportunity to network, share ideas and experiences, and become better acquainted with their colleagues. RASSL is open to staff from any public, academic, or special library in RAILS. For more information, visit their website at

South Suburban Adult Programmers (SSAP)

SSAP is a networking group that shares adult programming ideas, contacts, and anything else related to programming. They meet in January, May, and September to share newsletters, top programs, and presenter contact information. For more information, visit their Google Group.