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 Thursday of the month unless otherwise noted. SLAM does not meeting in July or December. Topics include updates on local, system and state library issues, best practices, networking, and mentoring.

Upcoming Dates and Locations:

Please note that all SLAM meetings are being held in-person and masks wearing is subject to the rules and regulations of the hosting library's policy.

2023 DATES

January 12: Orland Park Public Library

February 9: Blue Island Public Library

March 9: South Holland Public Library

April 13: Glenwood Lynwood Public Library District

May 11: Acorn Public Library

June 8: Lansing 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.

Due to COVID-19, all meetings will be held online via Zoom until further notice.

Upcoming Meeting Dates:


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) -(No Longer Exists. Good for archival reference purposes.)

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. SSAP meets on the third Thursday in the months of March, May, August, and November. Register for meetings at Join the google group by emailing Brittany Ramos at