ATLAS (Area Training for Library Administrators and Staff) was officially inaugurated in September, 2011, by adopting a set of bylaws.
It grew out of Project Phoenix, a task force for the succession of continuing education for library staff when the Metropolitan Library System ran out of funding in 2008. Its predecessor, Zones 8 & 9, had a long history of joint programming and training.
ATLAS provides continuing education opportunities for all staff levels, from front line through administration as well as annual library trustee training. ATLAS also facilitates special projects such as geocaching in the summer and a directors’ discussion group on a monthly basis. ATLAS applied for and received an FEIN in the fall of 2013. ATLAS continues to develop with a growing membership.
ATLAS helps coordinate a monthly networking meeting to provide an opportunity for its member library directors to network, consult, mentor, and advocate.
SLAM meets 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.
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.
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.