Reaching Forward Call for Program Proposals

2021 Virtual Conference
Friday, May 7, 2021

So much has changed since the 2020 Reaching Forward Conference was canceled in March. While we won’t be able to meet in-person in 2021, the Reaching Forward Committee strongly believes we need to be together, if that means meeting virtually, to fulfill the mission of Reaching Forward to provide professional opportunities for library staff to grow, learn, and connect with new ideas.

The committee is accepting program proposals for the 2021 conference. We want to hear how you and your libraries responded to the pandemic. What has worked? How did you adapt to challenges and alter your plans when needed? How did you transition to virtual programming? What new and innovative projects and procedures have you implemented? How are you looking to the future of libraries? Where do we go from here? We’ve all learned a lot this year and we want you to share your challenges and successes.  

The deadline for proposal submission is Friday, November 20, 11:59 p.m.  


Submit a Program Proposal

The Reaching Forward Conference serves library staff at all levels, with a strong focus on frontline and support staff. All programs slots are 60 minutes. Programming is organized by the following tracks:

  • Advocacy and Funding
  • Collections and Technical Services
  • Community Engagement and Customer Service
  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • Human Resources
  • Ignite Sessions
  • Leadership and Management
  • Marketing and Outreach
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Programming
  • Reference and Readers Advisory
  • Technology
  • Wellness
  • Youth and Young Adult Services


You will be asked to provide the following information about your proposed session:

  1. Speaker(s) information

  2. Program title and description

  3. Program Track

  4. Speaker qualifications to speak on your topic

  5. Learning outcomes for attendees

  6. Room setup, preferred time of day

  7. Program experience level and format

  8. Additional information you’d like to share with the committee

    Questions about submitting a proposal? 
    Click here for full information on how to submit your program proposal.


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