Reaching Forward South Conference












Friday, April 8, 2022
I Hotel and Conference Center
1900 S. 1st Street, Champaign

After two years of being apart, we plan to meet in person at the 2022 Reaching Forward South Conference on Friday, April 8. The well-being of our attendees is our top priority and ILA is continuing to monitor the situation. Please visit the Reaching Forward South COVID-19 Information page for more details on safety measures and requirements

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 closes on April 4. Visit the registration schedule page for more information.

Early Bird (by March 16): $85
Advance (March 17 - April 4): $100


COVID-19 Safety Measures

The Illinois Library Association is working closely with the I Hotel & Conference Center to follow state and local safety measures and provide the safest environment for conference attendees. We are aware the state mask mandate ended on February 28, 2022. Participants at Reaching Forward South will still be required to wear masks in consideration of your peers. Proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 PCR or Rapid test result within 72 hours of the first day of the event will still be required. Please note: At home test results will not be accepted. Only negative test results from a doctor, pharmacy, or testing site will be accepted. Participants will also be required to submit an acknowledgement of personal responsibility after registration.

For more information, please visit our COVID-19 Information page, which will be updated as needed.

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.

Conference Schedule

Program 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

Program Handouts


Sponsorship and Exhibits Information 


Reaching Forward South Committee

Betsy Mahoney - Chair
Six Mile Regional Library

Michael Baumann, Director
Toulon Public Library

Ryan A. Franklin, Reference Department
Illinois State Library

Larisa Good, Director
Warren County Public Library

Janet Kamerer, Director
Toulon Public Library

Susan Palmer, Operations Director
Illinois Heartland Library System

Bobbi Perryman, Director
Vespasian Warner Public Library

Cassandra Thompson, 
SHARE Director
Illinois Heartland Library System

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