ForwardFocus 2013

We are happy to announce that registration for the 2nd annual ForwardFocus is now open! This unique conference focusing on community college libraries will be held on October 25, 2013, both in person at Illinois Central College and across the nation virtually via Blackboard Collaborate. In order to ensure the conversations continue beyond ForwardFocus, you will also get automatically enrolled in a Blackboard CourseSite after the conference. We hope that you will use this as a collaboration tool to maintain connections with your colleagues!

This year’s event will include a panel discussion on overcoming challenges and a variety of small group discussions. The topics for discussion have been driven by your peers at other community college libraries, so they are timely issues that are impacting you right now. Join us for lively conversations on a broad range of topics, including:

· Academic Makerspaces

· Advocating for Your Staff’s Compensation

· Using Assessment to Measure Your Library’s Impact on Student Retention & Graduation

· Working with Change

· The Changing Reference Desk

· Collection Management and Student Success

Registration is open now through October 21st with discounts for virtual attendees from the same institution. To encourage a new generation of community college librarians, we are offering a complimentary virtual login to graduate school students. Just indicate the institution you’re currently attending on the virtual registration form and we will take care of the rest!

Please see our conference website ( or the attached documents for registration and session information.

Registration and program-related questions can be directed to Cate Kaufman or Brittany Osika at

We look forward to an enlightening and productive day!