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A Library State of Mind October 22-24, 2015 will be at the Peoria Civic Center in Peoria.

This year’s “ISLMA Conference” is a JOINT CONFERENCE with public, special and academic library colleagues! The conference list of over 125 sessions is already listed on the website. Each day has keynote speakers and six meals/snacks will be provided in the 3 days of conference in the exhibits area as part of your registration!

In addition to this, AUTHORS GALORE will be present, especially at the Youth Services Author Breakfast on Thursday with Author signings on Thursday, at the ILLINOIS READS Author Showcase on Friday, and at the Author Breakfast/Author Showcase with Author signings on Saturday. Hear from the Readers’ Choice Award winners your students selected this year.

Saturday is YOUTH DAY provides a chance for your YA’s and tweens to experience conference, take part in special programming, and meet the author Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket).

More vendors than ever will have booths and the exhibits area will be open all 3 days!

This joint conference gives us an opportunity to network with & learn from colleagues from all walks of library-dom! You can informally network during Stories & Spirits on Thursday and during the Pub Stroll on Thursday night where ISLMA is sponsoring one of the stops!

The AWARDS GALA on Friday includes dinner, drinks, and dancing!

Go to the conference webpage at and start making your plans! This is one conference you won’t want to miss. Stay tuned to the website and the listserv for more details.

Registration opens on July 10th
Early Bird registration rates must be postmarked or faxed by September 21 so get those conference travel requests in as soon as you get back to school.

It is our pleasure to announce the 2015 Fall ISLMA Grants and Awards winners who will be honored at the annual ISLMA Conference on October 23, 2015, during the Awards Gala at the Pere Marquette in Peoria, IL.

Please join us in offering our congratulations to:

The Honorable Jesse White
Illinois Secretary of State

Winner of the Crystal Honor Award for distinguished support of school libraries in Illinois

Stephanie Stieglitz
The Lane School, Hinsdale

Presented with the Past-President Pin to recognize her leadership and service to the organization during her tenure as President

Jason McCoy: “Gaming in the Library”
Deer-Creek/Mackinaw High School, Mackinaw

Winner of the ISLMA Upstart Award recognizing a school library media center’s achievement in planning and implementing an innovative or creative service which has a measurable impact on users

Lauren Otahal
Hinsdale Central High School, Hinsdale

Winner of the Esther Baker Scholarship for individuals working toward licensure to work in Illinois schools as a high school librarian.

Donald C. Adcock
Presented with the Lifetime Membership Award, given to honor his faithful, exceptional service to the association and school librarianship in Illinois

Bonita Slovinski
Lincoln Junior High, Naperville

Winner of the Polestar Award, presented to honor members of the Illinois School Library Media Association who have made outstanding contributions to school library media programs in Illinois.


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