Reaching Forward Forum (RF)

Our mission is to provide professional opportunities for library staff to grow, learn, and connect with new ideas.


Reaching Forward Call for 2021 Virtual Conference Program Proposals
September 16, 2020
The Reaching Forward Committee invites you to submit a program proposal for its first virtual conference on Friday, May 7, 2021. While we won’t be able to meet in-person in 2021, the committee strongly believes we need to be together, even if t…
Forum Spotlight from the ILA Alert
September 26, 2019
The Reaching Forward Forum is working to plan and implement the Reaching Forward library staff development conference for May 2020 and has just begun meeting to consider the first batch of program submissions. Now going strong in its 31st y…
Reaching Forward: Thirty Years Strong... and Counting!
December 12, 2018
The December 2018 issue of the ILA Reporter features an article on the 30-year history of Reaching Forward, written by Heidi Knuth, Bloomingdale Public Library/Reaching Forward Co-Chair.

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  1. Mar 5 2021

    Reaching Forward Meeting

    Friday, Mar 5, 2021 10:00am–11:00am

    Zoom Meeting

  2. Apr 15 2021

    Reaching Forward South Conference

    Thursday–Friday, Apr 15–16, 2021 9:30am

    Online Conference

  3. May 7 2021

    Reaching Forward Conference

    Friday, May 7, 2021 9:00am–4:45pm

    Online Conference

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2020 Reaching Forward Award Winners

Robert P. Doyle
ILA Conference Grant

Darnetta Bolton,
Orland Park Public Library

About the Award

Press Release 

Oberman and Rich Reaching
Forward Conference Grant

William Pleas,
Highland Park Public Library

About the award

Press Release 

Submit a Doyle Nomination 

Submit an Oberman & Rich Nomination

Selection Process:
 The deadline to submit a 2021 nomination is March 31, 2021You 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.

Forum Leadership

  1. Georgia Pichinos-Anderson Georgia Pichinos-Anderson, Manager Patron Services Assistant Supervisor at Niles-Maine District Library
    Term ends 06/30/2021
  2. Karolyn Nance Karolyn Nance, Board liaison Director at Bartlett Public Library District
    Term ends 06/30/2021
  3. Belinda Husak Belinda Husak, Member Algonquin Area Public Library District
    Term ends 06/30/2021
  4. Darnetta Bolton Darnetta Bolton, Member Youth Services Reference Librarian at Orland Park Library
    Term ends 06/30/2022
  5. Fallon White Fallon White, Member Chicago Public Library
    Term ends 06/30/2022
  6. Kristin Anderson Kristin Anderson, Member Lewis University Library
    Term ends 06/30/2022
  7. Lisa A Horist Lisa A Horist, Member Asst. Circulation Manager at McHenry Public Library District
    Term ends 06/30/2021
  8. Lynn Krambeer Lynn Krambeer, Member Lake Forest Library
    Term ends 06/30/2021
  9. Maurice Thomas Jr. Maurice Thomas Jr., Member Librarian IV at Chicago Public Library
    Term ends 06/30/2022
  10. Priscilla Resendiz Priscilla Resendiz, Member
    Term ends 06/30/2021
  11. Rosie Camargo Rosie Camargo, Member Branch Assistant at Evanston Public Library
    Term ends 06/30/2022
  12. Sara Kennedy Sara Kennedy, Member Green Hills Public Library District
    Term ends 06/30/2022
  13. Wendy Roe Wendy Roe, Member Alsip-Merrionette Park Public Library District
    Term ends 06/30/2021
  14. William A Pleas William A Pleas, Member Page and Volunteer Coordinator at Highland Park Public Library
    Term ends 06/30/2022
  15. Joy Lang Joy Lang, Manager-Elect Adult Services Clerk at Joliet Public Library
    Term ends 06/30/2021
  16. Heidi Knuth Heidi Knuth, Past Manager Youth Services Librarian/Preschool Outreach Coordinator at Bloomingdale Public Library
    Term ends 06/30/2021
  17. Cyndi Robinson Cyndi Robinson, Staff liaison Deputy Director at Illinois Library Association
    Term ends 06/30/2025

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