Interest Groups & Regional Groups
DOLLS and MSLD and DOTS
There are informal subgroups of Missouri public library directors that occasionally meet or communicate about issues and topics that are more relevant to their size.
DOLLS -- Directors of Large LibrarieS includes:
Daniel Boone Regional Library
Kansas City Public Library
Mid-Continent Public Library
Springfield-Greene County Library District
St. Charles City-County Library
St. Louis County Library
St. Louis Public Library
MSLD -- Medium Sized Library Directors, includes the top 24+/- libraries under the large libraries using a formula of population served, assessed valuation, or local income, and currently includes:
Barry-Lawrence Regional Library
Boonslick Regional Library
Camden County Library District
Cape Girardeau Public Library
Cass County Public Library
Christian County Library
Dunklin County Library
Heartland Regional Library
Jefferson County Library
Joplin Public Library
Kirkwood Public Library
Lebanon-Laclede County Library
Little Dixie Regional Library
Missouri River Regional Library
Neosho-Newton County Library
North Kansas City Public Library
Ozark Regional Library
Poplar Bluff Public Library
Pulaski County Library
Riverside Regional Library
Rolling Hills Consolidated Library
Scenic Regional Library
St. Joseph Public Library
Trails Regional Library
University City Public Library
Webster Groves Public Library
DOTS -- Directors Of Tiny librarieS includes all other libraries in Missouri.
Meetings are currently coordinated by Stacey Embry of Morgan County Library.
There are also regional groups in Missouri for public libraries to meet and share information.
3D -- Directors Dine and Discuss
Regional group in southeast Missouri, stretching from Ste. Genevieve County south to the state line, and west to Iron and Butler Counties. The group typically meets on the fourth Friday bi-monthly, and different library directors alternate hosting the group's meetings.
GRLC -- Grand River Library Conference
The Grand River Library Conference is a group of small and medium-sized public libraries in northern Missouri. GRLC is open to all libraries located north of I-70 in Missouri. There are currently 49 eligible members in the Conference. https://www.grandriverlibraries.org/home
Libraries in central and south central Missouri, including the counties of Miller, Maries, Crawford, Reynolds, Pulaski, Texas, Laclede, Webster, Wright, Douglas, Oregon, and Ripley.
Chat N Chew
Informal group of central and southwest Missouri library directors, includes the region around, Joplin, Webb City, Springfield, and Neosho.
SLRLN -- St. Louis Regional Library Network
The St. Louis Regional Library Network (SLRLN) which began in 1977, is a non-profit organization representing all library types and governed by a set of Bylaws. Its mission is to provide opportunities and forums for libraries and librarians to share resources and to learn from each other. To fulfill its mission, SLRLN identifies the needs and resources of the library community served by the Network, develops and offers cooperative programs deemed appropriate by member libraries, and evaluates and assesses those needs and programs. They have an annual Tech Expo conference, a Spring Speaker Series, and two additional workshops every year. SLRLN encourages partnerships and collaboration between libraries through the Info-Pass program, and works with vendors to offer product discounts to members through our Cooperative purchasing program. https://www.slrln.org/