Reaching Forward South Committee

Reaching Forward South Committee Charge

Reaching Forward South
  • Coordinates program planning for the Reaching Forward South Conference with a focus on providing opportunities for library support staff * in central and southern Illinois 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. 

  • Raises awareness and provides continuing education activities for central and southern Illinois libraries.

* 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 South Committee Reports


Committee Composition 

The committee is composed of up to fifteen members serving two-year staggered terms. Chairs (chair, incoming chair, and past chair) will serve a three-year term. The chairs select the incoming chair, subject to approval by the ILA Vice President/President-Elect. 

The Reaching Forward South Committee identifies its own appointees, the incoming chair finalizes the appointments with the approval of the ILA Vice President/President-Elect. The committee composition should include library staff at all levels with a minority of managerial/director positions.

  1. Betsy Mahoney Betsy Mahoney, Chair Branch Manager at Six Mile Regional Library District

    Chair Term ends 06/30/2024

  2. Beth Smilack Beth Smilack, Chair Elect Marketing & Communications Specialist at Jerseyville Public Library

    Chair Elect Term ends 06/30/2024

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