Reaching Forward Forum (RF)

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


Reaching Forward Forum Reports



News

Forum Spotlight - Reaching Forward Forum
September 9, 2021
The Reaching Forward Forum plans and executes the annual Reaching Forward Conference in order to provide professional opportunities for library staff to grow, learn, and connect with new ideas. Our virtual conference in May, 2021 was v…
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…

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Events

  1. Oct 29 2021

    Reaching Forward Meeting

    Friday, Oct 29, 2021 10:00am–11:00am

    Zoom Meeting

  2. Dec 3 2021

    Reaching Forward Meeting

    Friday, Dec 3, 2021 10:00am–12:00pm

    Zoom Meeting

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2021 Reaching Forward Award Winners

Robert P. Doyle 
ILA Conference Grant

Aaron Bryant,
Chicago Public Library


















Oberman and Rich Reaching Forward Conference Grant

Adrian Clark,
Calumet City Public Library

Oberman and Rich Reaching Forward Conference Grant

Christine Steck,
St. Charles Public Library 

Selection Process: The deadline to submit a 2022 nomination is March 31, 2022. Nominations will open in January 2022. 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. 


Forum Leadership

  1. Joy Lang Joy Lang, Manager Adult Services Associate at Joliet Public Library
    Term ends 06/30/2022
  2. Karolyn Nance Karolyn Nance, Board liaison Director at Bartlett Public Library District
    Term ends 06/30/2022
  3. Annette Maguire Annette Maguire, Member Adult & Teen Services Resource Coordinator at New Lenox Public Library District
    Term ends 06/30/2023
  4. Darnetta Bolton Darnetta Bolton, Member Youth Services Reference Librarian at Orland Park Public Library
    Term ends 06/30/2022
  5. Diana Wence Diana Wence, Member Librarian at Highwood Public Library
    Term ends 06/30/2022
  6. Fallon White Fallon White, Member Chicago Public Library
    Term ends 06/30/2022
  7. Jessica Rodrigues Jessica Rodrigues, Member Head of Youth Services at Steger-South Chicago Heights Public Library District
    Term ends 06/30/2023
  8. Kathy L Dejnowski Kathy L Dejnowski, Member Thornton Public Library
    Term ends 06/30/2023
  9. Kristin Anderson Kristin Anderson, Member Lewis University Library
    Term ends 06/30/2022
  10. Liz Poppenhouse Liz Poppenhouse, Member Indian Trails Public Library District
    Term ends 06/30/2023
  11. Lynn Krambeer Lynn Krambeer, Member Lake Forest Library
    Term ends 06/30/2023
  12. Lynne Schick Lynne Schick, Member Kids Landing Coordinator at Geneva Public Library
    Term ends 06/30/2023
  13. Maurice Thomas Jr. Maurice Thomas Jr., Member Librarian IV at Chicago Public Library
    Term ends 06/30/2022
  14. Rachel Doose Rachel Doose, Member Adult Services Programming Librarian at Lincolnwood Public Library District
    Term ends 06/30/2023
  15. Rosie M Camargo Rosie M Camargo, Member Youth Services Desk Assistant at Niles-Maine District Library
    Term ends 06/30/2022
  16. Tammy Hansen Tammy Hansen, Member Reference librarian at Illinois State Library
    Term ends 06/30/2023
  17. Van McGary Van McGary, Member Adult & Teen Services Librarian at Downers Grove Public Library
    Term ends 06/30/2023
  18. Wendy Roe-Chapman Wendy Roe-Chapman, Member Alsip-Merrionette Park Public Library District
    Term ends 06/30/2023
  19. William A Pleas William A Pleas, Member Page and Volunteer Coordinator at Highland Park Public Library
    Term ends 06/30/2022
  20. Sara Horn Sara Horn, Manager-Elect Deputy Director at Green Hills Public Library District
    Term ends 06/30/2022
  21. Georgia Pichinos-Anderson Georgia Pichinos-Anderson, Past Manager Patron Services Assistant Supervisor at Niles-Maine District Library
    Term ends 06/30/2022
  22. Cyndi Robinson Cyndi Robinson, Staff liaison Deputy Director at Illinois Library Association
    Term ends 06/30/2025

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