Special Interest Network Groups



Special Interest Network Groups are informal discussion groups that meet virtually or in-person throughout the year to discuss the challenges, ideas, and strategies around a specific topic of interest. Networks are managed by the interested individuals. Meeting topics are determined by the group members and include invited speakers as determined by the group. The Network Groups are a wonderful opportunity to share ideas and resources, to explore trends and challenges and to meet and support colleagues in the region.

Please be advised that neither NEO-RLS nor any Network Group participants are offering legal advice in these meetings or as part of any communication. Participants are speaking solely on behalf of their own situation as related specifically to their library. Please consult with your legal counsel about any situation and how it may affect your library.

In addition to meeting virtually or in-person, our network groups discuss and connect online through Discord. This platform provides the opportunity for the network groups to discuss topics, ask questions and share resources asynchronously. Due to the admnistrative time involved, participation in Discord is open only to those within the NEO-RLS region.  Please see our Communication Etiquette for use of Discord. You can also view our video tutorial geared specifically towards using Discord through our network groups. If you would like to participate in any of the networks groups described below, please contact the respective email associated with that network. Contact Melissa Lattanzi if you would like to be added to Discord.

Everyone in our region is welcome regardless of membership level.  We are always starting new Special Interest Network Groups based on input from you.  

Special Libraries*NEW*
The Special Libraries Network is open to all those working in a Special Library or an Archive.  The network meets regularly to discuss items of interest and share information and resources.  

To receive further information about this group’s activities, please send a request to Melissa Lattanzi.

Adult Services (Includes Reference and Readers' Advisory)*NEW*
The Adult Services Network is open to all those working in Adult Services including Reference and Readers' Advisory.  The network meets regularly to discuss items of interest and share information and resources.

To receive further information about this group’s activities, please send a request to Melissa Lattanzi.

Directors' *NEW*
The Directors Network is open to all library Directors and Assistant/Deputy Directors.  The network meets regularly to discuss items of interest, share information and resources.

To receive further information about this group’s activities, please send a request to Melissa Lattanzi.

Outreach*NEW*
The Outreach Network is open to all those involved in library outreach.  The network meets regularly to discuss items of interest and share information and resources, and collaborate.

To receive further information about this group’s activities, please send a request to Melissa Lattanzi.

Information Technology*NEW*
The Information Technology Network is open to all those involved in library information technology.  The network meets regularly to discuss items of interest and share information and resources.

To receive further information about this group’s activities, please send a request to Melissa Lattanzi.

Technical Services and Collection Development*NEW*
The Technical Services Network is open to all those involved in technical services, including collection development and management.  The network meets regularly to discuss items of interest, share information and resources.

To receive further information about this group’s activities, please send a request to Melissa Lattanzi or Jane Kirkland.

Teen Services*NEW*
The Teen Services Network is open to all those working in Teen Services.  The network meets regularly to discuss items of interest, share information and resources, and collaborate around programs such as Teen Summer Reading.

To receive further information about this group’s activities, please send a request to Melissa Lattanzi.

Youth Services*NEW*
The Youth Services Network is open to all those working in Youth Services.  The network meets regularly to discuss items of interest, share information and resources, and collaborate around programs such as Children's Summer Reading.

To receive further information about this group’s activities, please send a request to Melissa Lattanzi.

Book Discussion*NEW*
Join the Book Discussion Network to learn more about the newest book suggestions for successful Book Discussion Groups at your library.  Share information about upcoming books and talk about the successes and challenges with Book Discussion Groups.  The network will meet once or twice each year with roundtable discussion. 

To receive further information about this group's activities, please send a request to Jane Carle.
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Construction and Facilities
The Construction and Facilities Network is open to any staff involved in the design, construction, renovation and maintenance of libraries.  The network meets quarterly to discuss issues related to the design and construction of library facilities from beginning to on-going maintenance.  Roundtable discussion with speakers as determined by the group is the standard format.

To receive further information about this group's activities, please send a request to Shawna Keringer.

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Academic Library Directors
The Academic Library Directors' Network is open to the directors of academic libraries in our region.  The group meets 2-3 times per year to discuss items of interest, share resources and collaborate.  Roundtable discussion with speakers as determined by the group is the standard format.

To receive further information about this group's activities, please send a request to Melissa Lattanzi.

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Fiscal Officers
The Fiscal Officers’ Network meets quarterly to discuss items of interest and share resources. Roundtable discussions are the primary format. The group is open to all library fiscal officers and deputy fiscal officers (or equivalent positions) in our geographic region regardless of membership. The meetings are typically four hours long and include lunch.

To receive further information about this group’s activities, please send a request to Debbie Blair.
 

Human Resources
The Human Resources Network meets quarterly to discuss items of interest, share resources and collaborate. Roundtable discussions are the primary format but sometimes include speakers. The group is open to all library staff that have HR functions in our geographic region regardless of membership.

To receive further information about this group’s activities, please send a request to Debbie Blair.
 

PR/Marketing 
The PR/Marketing Network is open to anyone charged with promoting their library or with the creation of promotional materials.  The network meets throughout the year to discuss items of interest and share resources.  Roundtable discussions are the primary format with occasional presentations from speakers in the field.  

To receive further information about this group’s activities, please send a request to Melissa Lattanzi.