Reaching Forward North Committee

 



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Events

  1. Apr 25 2024

    Reaching Forward Committee Meeting

    Thursday, Apr 25, 2024 12:00pm–1:30pm

  2. Jun 7 2024

    Reaching Forward Committee Meeting

    Friday, Jun 7, 2024 11:00am–12:30pm

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Reaching Forward North Committee Charge

  • Coordinates program planning for the Reaching Forward North Conference with a focus on providing opportunities for library support staff * to grow, learn, and connect with new ideas and colleagues. 

  • Various subcommittees take on the work of recruiting and liaising with vendors, putting together a performers’ showcase, and managing social media as well as other functions necessary to run the conference. 

  • Solicits awards nominees and selecting winners for the Oberman and Rich Reaching Forward Conference Grant which recognizes the contributions of a support staff member to the library community and the role of support staff in libraries and the Robert Doyle ILA Conference Grant for Support Staff to encourage ILA membership and support staff attendance at the Illinois Library Association Annual Conference. 

*Library support staff, or library paraprofessionals, are involved in all library operations at all levels. The range and complexity of their duties varies with each position, the size and type of the library in which they work, and each library's specific needs, goals, or mission. The one distinction usually drawn between "support staff" and "librarians" is that those in the latter group typically have a Master of Library and Information Science degree (MLIS).

Reaching Forward North Committee Reports

 

2022 Reaching Forward North Award Winners

Robert P. Doyle
ILA Annual Conference Grant

Annette DeLuna Alsip-Merrionette Park Public Library District 

Oberman and Rich

Reaching Forward Conference Grant

Joshua Wirth

Downers Grove Public Library

 

Oberman and Rich Reaching Forward Conference Grant

Selection Process: The deadline to submit a 2023 nomination is March 31, 2023. Nominations will open in January for 2024 nominations. You may submit nominations for yourself or for a colleague. A panel of judges from the Reaching Forward Committee will be responsible for choosing the recipients. 


Committee Composition 

The committee is composed of up to sixteen members serving three-year staggered terms. Fewer than 25% of the committee members are in a managerial/director position. Chairs (chair, incoming chair, and past chair) will serve a three-year term.


  1. Rosie M Camargo Rosie M Camargo, Chair Cultural Literacy Specialist at South Holland Public Library

    Chair Term ends 06/30/2024

  2. Nicole Cowan Nicole Cowan, Member

    Member Term ends 06/30/2025

  3. Shawn R Erens Shawn R Erens, Member Palatine Public Library District

    Member Term ends 06/30/2024

  4. Jennifer Hovanec Jennifer Hovanec, Member La Grange Public Library

    Member Term ends 06/30/2024

  5. Elizabeth Lugo Elizabeth Lugo, Member Youth Services Librarian at South Holland Public Library

    Member Term ends 06/30/2025

  6. Matthew Matkowski Matthew Matkowski, Member Head of Public Services at Palos Heights Public Library

    Member Term ends 06/30/2025

  7. Bill Ohms Bill Ohms, Member Library Services Coordinator at Evanston Public Library

    Member Term ends 06/30/2025

  8. Georgia Pichinos-Anderson Georgia Pichinos-Anderson, Member Patron Services Assistant Supervisor at Niles-Maine District Library

    Member Term ends 06/30/2024

  9. William Pleas William Pleas, Member Page and Volunteer Coordinator at Highland Park Public Library

    Member Term ends 06/30/2024

  10. Liz Poppenhouse Liz Poppenhouse, Member Indian Trails Public Library District

    Member Term ends 06/30/2025

  11. Liz Reyes Liz Reyes, Member

    Member Term ends 06/30/2025

  12. Hayley Rightnowar Hayley Rightnowar, Member Inclusive Services Librarian at Elmhurst Public Library

    Member Term ends 06/30/2025

  13. Jessica Rodrigues Jessica Rodrigues, Member Head of Information Services at Steger-South Chicago Heights Public Library District

    Member Term ends 06/30/2025

  14. Jen Ryjewski Jen Ryjewski, Member Assistant Director at Downers Grove Public Library

    Member Term ends 06/30/2025

  15. Martha Sullivan Martha Sullivan, Member Young Adult Services Manager at Forest Park Public Library

    Member Term ends 06/30/2025

  16. Maurice Thomas Jr. Maurice Thomas Jr., Member Librarian IV at Chicago Public Library

    Member Term ends 06/30/2024

  17. Fallon White Fallon White, Member Chicago Public Library

    Member Term ends 06/30/2024

  18. Esther Curry Esther Curry, Board liaison C.E. Brehm Memorial Public Library District

    Board liaison Term ends 06/30/2025

  19. Wendy Roe-Chapman Wendy Roe-Chapman, Chair Elect Alsip-Merrionette Park Public Library District

    Chair Elect Term ends 06/30/2024

  20. Sara Horn Sara Horn, Past Chair Deputy Director at Green Hills Public Library District

    Past Chair Term ends 06/30/2024

  21. Kristin Pekoll Kristin Pekoll, Staff liaison Conference and Continuing Education Manager at Illinois Library Association

    Staff liaison Term ends 06/30/2027


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