Reaching Forward South Conference

Reaching Forward South

A Professional Development Conference for Library Staff

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. 


Registration is now open

Closes: April 8, 2024

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


Doubletree Hotel Collinsville/St. Louis in Collinsville, IL

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


Thank you Reaching Forward South Sponsors!

Would you like to increase your visibility to hundreds of library workers and show your support for Illinois Libraries? Contact Kristin Pekoll, to join this notable group.

Reaching Forward South Sponsors


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

Erica Hanke-Young
Six Mile Regional 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, Marketing & Communications Specialist
Jerseyville Public Library

Cassandra Thompson, SHARE Director
Illinois Heartland Library System


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