Registration for ForwardFocus 2014 is now open!

This year we are expanding the in-person conference to include a second day!  This unique conference focusing on community college libraries will be held on October 23 and 24, 2014 at Illinois Central College, North Campus.   Want to attend virtually?  Connect with colleagues from across the nation virtually via Blackboard Collaborate on October 31, 2014 for the ForwardFocus virtual conference.   

This year’s in-person event includes a pre-conference session on October 23, 2014.   Help us kickoff this year’s conference with a casual lunch at 11 am.  Get your hands on some gadgets during the afternoon’s Technology Petting Zoo demonstration by Mark DuBois.  Enjoy networking and dining with your peers at Granite City Food & Brewery that evening.  See the pre-conference information for more details.  

Friday, October 24, 2014 will feature a panel discussion on the conference theme Reimagining the Library in the wake of technology.  Followed by a series of presentations on using mobile devices and apps for instruction, creating a digital scavenger hunt with iPad and Padlets, and engaging students in digitization projects.  Dig into these exciting new ideas in small group discussions in the afternoon.  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:

  •  Engaging students with digital media
  • Partnering around digital projects: campus collaborations at your Library
  • Using data to drive decision making
  • Digital collections: new, expanded, or integrated services
  • Telling your Library’s story: using data for assessment and marketing
  •  Digital divide and the elusive digital native

Online registration is open now through October 15th 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. 

Registration and program-related questions can be directed to Cate Kaufman or Jessica Bastian at

We look forward to an enlightening and productive day!

@ Illinois Central College: October 23 & 24, 2014

Virtual: October 31, 2014