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!


Solo-Ish Librarians Happy Hour

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

Register: Solo-Ish Librarians Happy Hour


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

Library Workers of Color

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
2023 Meeting Dates: May 17, July 19, September 20, November 15

Register: Library Workers of Color Networking Group

Directors, Managers & Administrators

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
2023 Meeting Dates: May 19, July 21, September 15, November 17

Register: Directors, Managers & Administrators Networking Group

LGBTQ+ Library Workers

Facilitators: Casey Copeland, Branch Manager, Washington County Public Library (Belpre Branch), Davisville, WV; Nicole Sargent, Library Director, Gill Memorial Library, Paulsboro, NJ

Fourth Tuesdays, 12 pm PT / 1 pm MT / 2 pm CT / 3 pm ET
2023 Meeting Dates: May 23, July 25, September 26, November 28

Register: LGBTQ+ Library Workers Networking Group


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

Library Workers with Disabilities

Facilitators: Lucretia Calonder, Director, Altoona Public Library, Altoona, KS; Jen Stevenson, Library Assistant, L. E. Smoot Memorial Library, King George, VA

First Wednesdays, 10 am PT / 11 am MT / 12 pm CT / 1 pm ET
2023 Meeting Dates: June 7, August 2, October 4, December 6

Register: Library Workers with Disabilities Networking Group

Youth and Teen Services

Facilitator: Erica Testani, Youth Services Librarian, L. E. Smoot Memorial Library, King George, VA

Second Thursdays, 12 pm PT / 1 pm MT / 2 pm CT / 3 pm ET
2023 Meeting Dates: June 8, August 10, October 12, December 14

Register: Youth & Teen Services Networking Group

Adult Services

Facilitators: Elisa Cruz, Circulation Manager, Keene Memorial Library, Omaha, NE; Patricia Miller, Scottdale Public Library, Scottdale, PA

Second Mondays, 10am PT / 11 am MT / 12 pm CT / 1 pm ET
2023 Meeting Dates: June 12, August 14, October 9, December 11

Register: Adult Services Networking Group

Neurodiverse Library Workers

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
2023 Meeting Dates: June 21, August 16, October 18, December 20

Register: Neurodiverse Library Workers Networking Group

Readers' Advisory

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

Fourth Wednesdays, 12 pm PT / 1 pm MT / 2 pm CT / 3 pm ET
2023 Meeting Dates: June 28, August 23, October 25, December 27

Register: Readers' Advisory Networking Group


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!