Reaching Forward Forum (RF)

Reaching Forward

The Reaching Forward Forum provides professional opportunities for library staff to grow, learn, and connect with new ideas. Forum leaders organize the nation’s largest one-day conference for library staff. 



News

Forum Spotlight - Reaching Forward Forum
September 22, 2022
Education and lifelong learning are at the heart of library services, and it is important to support library staff in this same regard so that they can professionally grow, learn, and connect with new ideas. Each year, the Reaching Forward …
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…

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Events

  1. Dec 9 2022

    Reaching Forward Forum Meeting

    Friday, Dec 9, 2022 11:00am–12:30pm

  2. Feb 3 2023

    Reaching Forward Forum Meeting

    Friday, Feb 3, 2023 11:00am–12:30pm

  3. Mar 10 2023

    Reaching Forward Forum Meeting

    Friday, Mar 10, 2023 11:00am–12:30pm

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Reaching Forward Forum Reports

 

2022 Reaching Forward Award Winners

Robert P. Doyle
ILA Annual Conference Grant

Becky Vallejo

Homer Township Public Library

 

Oberman and Rich
Reaching Forward Conference Grant

Aisha Din

Gail Borden Public Library District

 

Oberman and Rich Reaching Forward Conference Grant

Selection Process: The deadline to submit a 2023 nomination is March 31, 2023. Nominations will open in January 2023. 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. Sara Horn Sara Horn, Manager Deputy Director at Green Hills Public Library District
    Term ends 06/30/2023
  2. Esther Curry Esther Curry, Board liaison C.E. Brehm Memorial Public Library District
    Term ends 06/30/2023
  3. Rosie M Camargo Rosie M Camargo, Manager-Elect Youth Spanish Language Specialist/ Coordinadora de Programas en Español at Niles-Maine District Library
    Term ends 06/30/2023
  4. Annette Maguire Annette Maguire, Member Adult & Teen Services Resource Coordinator at New Lenox Public Library District
    Term ends 06/30/2023
  5. Diana Wence Diana Wence, Member Librarian at Highwood Public Library
    Term ends 06/30/2023
  6. Fallon White Fallon White, Member Chicago Public Library
    Term ends 06/30/2024
  7. Georgia Pichinos-Anderson Georgia Pichinos-Anderson, Member Patron Services Assistant Supervisor at Niles-Maine District Library
    Term ends 06/30/2024
  8. Jennifer Hovanec Jennifer Hovanec, Member Northbrook Public Library
    Term ends 06/30/2024
  9. Jessica Rodrigues Jessica Rodrigues, Member Head of Information Services at Steger-South Chicago Heights Public Library District
    Term ends 06/30/2023
  10. Kathy L Dejnowski Kathy L Dejnowski, Member Thornton Public Library
    Term ends 06/30/2023
  11. Liz Poppenhouse Liz Poppenhouse, Member Indian Trails Public Library District
    Term ends 06/30/2023
  12. Lynn M Krambeer Lynn M Krambeer, Member Lake Forest Library
    Term ends 06/30/2023
  13. Lynne Schick Lynne Schick, Member Kids Landing Coordinator at Geneva Public Library District
    Term ends 06/30/2023
  14. Maurice Thomas Jr. Maurice Thomas Jr., Member Librarian IV at Chicago Public Library
    Term ends 06/30/2024
  15. Shawn R Erens Shawn R Erens, Member Palatine Public Library District
    Term ends 06/30/2024
  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 Assistant Manager 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 Pleas William Pleas, Member Page and Volunteer Coordinator at Highland Park Public Library
    Term ends 06/30/2024
  20. Joy Lang Joy Lang, Past Manager Adult Services Associate at Joliet Public Library
    Term ends 06/30/2023
  21. Kristin Pekoll Kristin Pekoll, Staff liaison Conference and Continuing Education Manager at Illinois Library Association
    Term ends 06/30/2025

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