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:

March 2019: No Meeting

April 12, 2019: Alsip-Merrionette Park Public Library

May 10, 2019: Peotone Public Library

June 14, 2019: Blue Island Public Library

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.

2019 Meeting Dates:

January 18, 2019: Woodridge Public Library

March 15, 2019: Acorn Public Library

May 17, 2019: Westmont Public Library

July 19, 2019

September 20, 2019

November 15, 2019

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.