Reaching Forward Conference

A Professional Development Conference for Library Staff

31st Annual Conference, May 1, 2020
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
5555 North River Road, Rosemont

Conference registration includes morning coffee, a plated lunch, and a full day of programming. 

Early Bird (by April 17): $150
Advance (April 18 and later): $165

Event registrations require the individual registering to log in to their account. If you are registering someone other than yourself, or you need to register a group, please e-mail for assistance. 

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Conference Schedule

8:30 - 9:00 a.m. -- Morning Coffee, Exhibits, and Networking
9:15 - 10:15 a.m. -- Breakout Session 1
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. -- Breakout Session 2
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. -- Luncheon and Awards
12:45 - 1:15 p.m. -- Exhibits Break
1:15 - 2:15 p.m. -- Breakout Session 3
2:30 - 3:30 p.m. -- Breakout Session 4

Program Schedule

Statement of Appropriate Conduct All participants are expected to observe the rules and behaviors described in the Statement of Appropriate Conduct in all conference venues.

Reaching Forward Awards

Two awards are presented at the Reaching Forward Conference.

The Oberman and Rich Reaching Forward Conference Grant recognizes the contributions of a support staff member to the library community and the role of support staff in libraries. The recipient 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.

The Robert Doyle ILA Conference Grant for Support Staff encourages ILA membership and support staff attendance at the Illinois Library Association Annual Conference. The recipient will receive a one-year ILA membership and full registration and expenses to attend the ILA Annual Conference, up to $800, and a framed certificate.

Submit an Oberman-Rich Award Nomination

Submit a Robert P. Doyle Award Nomination 

Selection Process: Nominations are open, with a deadline of March 31, 2020. 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. Supporting reasons for the nomination of a candidate must be provided.

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