Presented by Reaching Forward, a professional development conference for Library Support Staff in honor of Tobi Oberman and Tom Rich, who were instrumental in developing the Reaching Forward Conference for library support staff.
Submit a Nomination
The award recognizes the contributions of a support staff member to the library community and the role of support staff in libraries.
Open to support staff working in all types of libraries. Persons may nominate themselves or others.
A one page or less letter completing the statement, “Why I would like to attend Reaching Forward” or “Why I think [name of nominee] deserves to attend Reaching Forward” should be submitted to the selection committee.
Recipient(s) will receive free registration to the current year Reaching Forward Conference, an overnight stay at the Reaching Forward conference hotel, $50 for expenses, and a framed certificate.
Illinois Library Association
Reaching Forward: Forum for Library Support Staff
33. W. Grand Ave., Ste. 401
Chicago, IL 60654-6799
phone: (312) 644-1896
fax: (312) 644-1899
Previous Oberman and Rich Reaching Forward Conference Grant for Support Staff Award
1995 Claudia Race and Rosemary Boenig
1996 Nancy L. Sergel and Darlene G. Ward
1997-98 Rosa Palomino and Debbie Rosen
1999 Lawrence Szymanski, Pamela H. Carlson, Mary Jayne Nash, Nadine Horn
2000 Charles Hoover and Sheryl M. Czulno
2001 Jorge Arroyo and Shirley Novotny
2002 Patricia Lewis and Delores Johnson
2003 Sharon Gums and Ruth Hart
2004 Vida Baleckaitis and Mickie Beckman
2005 Tamela James, Sue Altmann, Jan Colwell, and Jose Negrete
2006 Felicia Crumpton, Jennifer Heyden, and Jessica Bertola
2007 Fay Hutchings and Danny Van Dusen
2008 Lori J. Wilcox and Robert Wise
2009 Heidi Knuth and Patrick Rossi, Sr.
2010 Ann Kleinschmidt, Lawrence Bullman, and Char Vice
2011 Rhonda Szewczyk
2012 Claire Osada
2013 Cynthia Rauscher
2014 Zachariah Terrill
2015 Brian Valesh
2016 Georgia Pichinos-Anderson
2017 Noelle McDonough