Reaching Forward South Conference

Reaching Forward South
Friday, April 14, 2023
The Regency O'Fallon
400 Regency Park, O'Fallon

Reaching Forward South is an annual professional development conference for library support staff in central and southern Illinois. With a commitment to providing quality training and information, Reaching Forward South strives to be the premier professional development opportunity in the downstate area. 

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


Registration Rates & Deadlines

Please review important note about processing registrations.

Register Online

Early Bird by 3/16  - $90
Advance by 4/10  - $100
Deadline to register for this event is Monday, April 10, 2023. No registrations will be accepted after the deadline.

All cancellations and refund requests must be received in writing via emailing by April 5, 2023. No refunds can be issued after April 5. All cancellations are subject to a $15 processing fee.


Group registration discount

20% off per person when registering a group of more than 3 attendees from the same library. The group discount is made possible by the Reaching Forward South Committee. If you are registering a group of more than 3, please email for more information on how to proceed. 


Conference Schedule

Session Descriptions and Schedule

8:30 - 9:00 a.m Morning Coffee, Exhibits, and Networking
9:00 - 10:00 a.m Breakout Session 1
10:15 - 11:15 a.m. Breakout Session 2
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m Breakout Session 3
12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Breakout Session 4
2:45 - 3:45 p.m. Breakout Session 5

Reaching Forward South Committee

Betsy Mahoney - Chair
Six Mile Regional Library

Michael Baumann, Director
Toulon Public Library

Loretta Broomfield, Director
Marion Carnegie Library

Devin Eyster, Development & Outreach Librarian
East Alton Public Library District 

Ryan A. Franklin, Reference Department
Illinois State Library

Larisa Good, Director
Warren County Public Library

Bobbi Perryman, Director
Vespasian Warner Public Library

Terry Pierson, Marketing Coordinator
Mississippi Valley Library District

Devin Scott, Programming Coordinator
Salem Township Public Library

Beth Smilack, Social Media/Communications Specialist
Jerseyville Public Library

Cassandra Thompson, SHARE Director
Illinois Heartland Library System


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