Metropolitan Library System

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Metropolitan Library System
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Established 1966
Location Burr Ridge, IL
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Director Susan Bochenski
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The Metropolitan Library System (MLS) was an association of academic, public, school, and special libraries in Chicago and its suburbs in Cook, DuPage and Will counties. On July 1, 2011, Metropolitan Library System merged with Alliance Library System, DuPage Library System, North Suburban Library System, and Prairie Area Library System to form the Reaching Across Illinois Library System. Sarah Ann Long, director of the North Suburban Library System, summarized the evolution of organizations in northern Illinois in a 2011 essay,"Context is Everything." [1]


SWAN (System Wide Automated Network) maintains a shared online catalog for its 80 members.

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  1. ^ Long, Sarah Ann. 2011. "Context is everything, follow the money, and change is the natural order." ILA Reporter 29, no. 5: 34-35.

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