ARSL Professional Networking Groups

Deepen your connection to your ARSL peers with the new ARSL Professional Networking Groups! Modeled on the success of our Solo-ish Librarians Happy Hour, these one-hour online meetings are your opportunity to share ideas, find support, and build community with fellow members of ARSL. All groups will be facilitated by ARSL members!

ARSL Professional Networking Groups (with the exception of the existing Solo-ish Librarians HH) are open to ARSL members only. All networking groups will be held in ARSL Zoom rooms on a standing schedule (monthly or bimonthly as outlined below). You will only need to register once to receive the Zoom link. Meetings will be drop-in style, with no obligation to stay the full hour. There is no cost to join or attend.

There is no limit to how many Networking Groups you can join - find the ones that speak to you and register today!

You will need to log into your ARSL account to access the Members Only registration links and resources.


Solo-Ish Librarians Happy Hour (Open to the public)

Facilitators: Bree Drapa, Director, Westford Public Library, Westford, VT; Chelsea Price, Library Director, Meservey Public Library, Meservey, IA

First Thursdays, 4 pm PT / 5 pm MT / 6 pm CT / 7 pm ET
2023 Meeting Dates: June 1, July 6, August 4, September 7, October 5, November 2, December 7

Access our Solo Librarians' resources and more here!

Register: Solo-Ish Librarians Happy Hour


Directors, Managers & Administrators (ARSL Members Only)

January, March, May, July, September, November

Facilitators: Shannon Putney, Library Director, Carter Lake Public Library, Bellevue, NE; Cicely Douglas, Library Director, South Sioux City Public Library, South Sioux City, NE 

Third Fridays, 1 pm PT / 2 pm MT / 3 pm CT / 4 pm ET
2024 Meeting Dates: January, March 15, May 17, July 19, September 20, November 15

February, April, June, August, October, December

Facilitators: Wendy Moulton, Library Director, Abilene Public Library, Abilene, KS; Lisa Thompson, Assistant Branch Manger, Montgomery-Floyd Regional Library System, Floyd, VA

Fourth Tuesdays, 9 am PT / 10 am MT / 11 am CT / 12 pm ET
2024 Meeting Dates: February 27, April 23, June 25, August 27, October 22, December 24

Bimonthly, Odd Months: January, March, May, July, September, November

Library Workers of Color (ARSL Members Only)

Facilitators: Janine Miller, Coordinator of Training & Development, Arkansas State Library; Leticia Snow, Assistant Library Supervisor, Saint Peter Public Library, St. Peter, MN; Jamie Kurumaji, Supervising Librarian, Fresno County Public Library, Reedley, CA

Third Wednesdays, 10 am PT / 11 am MT / 12 pm CT / 1 pm ET
2024 Meeting Dates: January 17, March 20, May 15, July 17, September 18, November 20

LGBTQ+ Library Workers (ARSL Members Only)

Facilitators: Casey Copeland, Branch Manager, Washington County Public Library (Belpre Branch), Davisville, WV; Ali Iserman, Library Director, Mediapolis Public Library, Mediapolis, IA

Fourth Tuesdays, 12 pm PT / 1 pm MT / 2 pm CT / 3 pm ET
2024 Meeting Dates: January 23, March 26, May 28, July 23, September 24, November 26

Adult Services (ARSL Members Only)

Facilitators: Deborah Dutcher, Youth and Adult Services Consultant, New Hampshire State Library, Concord, NH; Bailee Hutchinson, Oklahoma

Second Tuesdays, 9 am PT / 10 am MT / 11 am CT / 12 pm ET
2024 Meeting Dates: January 9, March 12, May 14, July 9, September 10, November 12

Bimonthly, Even Months: February, April, June, August, October, December

Youth and Teen Services (ARSL Members Only)

Facilitator: Erica Testani, Youth Services Librarian, L. E. Smoot Memorial Library, King George, VA; Jana Slisher, Youth Librarian, Bath Township Public Library, Eagle, MI

Second Wednesdays, 11 am PT / 12 pm MT / 1 pm CT / 2 pm ET
2024 Meeting Dates: February 14, April 10, June 12, August 14, October 9, December 11

Neurodivergent Library Workers (ARSL Members Only)

Facilitators: Carla Huston, Library Director, Jean M. Thomsen Memorial Library, Stetsonville, WI; Sara Moesel, Assistant Director, Mulvane Public Library, Mulvane, KS

Third Wednesdays, 3 pm PT / 4 pm MT / 5 pm CT / 6 pm ET
2024 Meeting Dates: February 21, April 17, June 19, August 21, October 16, December 18

Readers' Advisory (ARSL Members Only)

Facilitators: C. L. Quillen, Library Director, Churchill County Library, Fallon, NV; Michelle Baker, Library Director, Gale Library, Newton, NH

First Monday, 11 am PT / 12 pm MT / 1 pm CT / 2 pm ET
2024 Meeting Dates: February 5, April 1, June 3, August 5, October 7, December 2

Have an idea for a networking group not listed here that you would be willing to lead? Email [email protected] to ask us about how to start it!