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What's a SIG?

We know that the library community encompasses a vast spectrum of interests, specializations, and disciplines, and we want to help you to connect with each other.

SWON Libraries hosts a wide variety of Special Interest Groups (SIGs) where our members can join with others in the library community to:

  • Expand their professional networks
  • Make the most of new technologies and trends
  • Delve deeply into cutting-edge issues
  • Develop practical strategies for addressing the challenges facing libraries today
  • Advance their professional development goals
  • Mentor or be mentored
  • Receive library materials in exchange for product reviews*

SIGs are free and open to all library staff.


Want to join a SIG?


SIGs are open to library staff from all types of libraries -- big, small, rural, urban, whatever and wherever -- and we have groups for public library staff, school library staff, and academic library staff. There's SIGs for Technical Services and Teen Services. Just about any type of services!

See the list of our current SIGs below to find a SIG that's right for you!

Check out our calendar to register for upcoming SIG meetings. To keep up with the latest news for your SIG, make sure and click on the SIG name below to find out how to officially join the group!

Don't see any SIGs that suit your needs? See one but it's just too far away? That's okay, you can start your own!


So, how do I start a new SIG?

SWON Libraries welcomes the development of new Special Interest Groups related to new topics of interest, or the revival of old SIGs that have fallen by the wayside.

If you have an idea and you would like to be the convener of a new SIG, we’d love to help you get it started.  Contact us at 513-751-4422 or email us at


*Thanks goes to METRO for their clear descriptions of SIGs for library consortia.

Current SIGs (July, 2019)

The Academic Librarians Interest Group is an informal discussion group that meets four times a year at various locations in SWON's service area in order to discuss challenges, ideas, and strategies for academic libraries.

Topics include, but are not limited to: instruction, information literacy, marketing, technology, trends, and more. This group is open to all interested parties. Join ALSIG and share your tips for a successful university life!

Cost: Free

 Registered Members

ELS-SIG is dedicated to promoting the issues and concerns of ethnic librarians and library staff in our region. ELS-SIG is an informal group that strives to provide networking, resource sharing, recruitment, and mentoring information and opportunities. This group is open to librarians and staff from all library settings and all underrepresented ethnic groups.

Cost: Free

 Registered Members

This group is dedicated to the Mock Caldecott and Mock Newbery held every year at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. Feel free to add yourself as a member to receive e-mail correspondence about the books we are reading, and learn more about when and where our Mock Awards will be held.

 Registered Members

This group is dedicated to the Mock Printz held every year at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. Feel free to add yourself as a member to receive e-mail correspondence about the books we are reading, and learn more about when and where our Mock Awards will be held.

 Registered Members

The Public Library Adult Program Planners Network (PLAPPN) is an interest group dedicated to encouraging and promoting adult programming in area libraries. Whether you're new to programming or, simply need some new ideas, we share information at each meeting about our most interesting and successful programs.

Cost: Free

 Registered Members

The School Librarians Special Interest Group is comprised of volunteer, aide and professional school librarians. They meet periodically to discuss a wide range of issues such as library trends, emerging technologies, group purchasing, group discounts, staffing, best practices, school library patrons, Children’s and YA literature and collaboration with other types of libraries. This SIG is free and you do not need to be a member of SWON to attend our meetings.

Cost: Free

 Registered Members

The goal of the Technical Services Special Interest Group (TeSSIG) is to provide a community of resources for Technical Services departments in SWON Libraries Consortium's Members (all libraries of Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky).

TeSSIG will encompass all areas of Technical Services – from acquisitions, to cataloging, to processing and any other hat we need to wear! At our meetings, we will explore current trends and challenges, as well as share workflow ideas.

Cost: Free

 Registered Members
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