Reaching Forward Call for Program Proposals

The Reaching Forward Conference Committee is accepting program submissions for the 2020 Conference, which will be held Friday, May 1, at the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. Proposals must be submitted using the online proposal form. Incomplete proposals can be saved and revised at any time prior to the submission deadline. The submission deadline is
 Friday, October 18, 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
  • Diversity and Special Populations
  • 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.

Reaching Forward provides complimentary registration for conference speakers. Conference speakers who are employed by or a trustee of a library (academic, public, school, special), a library agency, or library school located in the State of Illinois are not eligible to receive an honorarium.

iREAD Summer Reading Programs

Since 1981, iREAD provides high quality, low-cost resources and products that enable local library staff to motivate children, young adults, and adults to read.

Visit the iREAD website »

Latest Library JobLine Listings

Browse all JobLine listings »