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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.

Election Results Are In

Congratulations to the newly elected Board Members:

  • President - Patti Fleser - Deer Path Middle School, Lake Forest
  • Secretary - Carrie Light - South Park Elementary School, Deerfield
  • Board Members at Large
    • Tom Gross - Washington Community High School, Washington
    • Holly Pantle - Charleston Middle School, Charleston


The most current version of I-SAIL!  If you are interested in a framework to teach the needed skills in all content areas you will want to click here.

Remember these standards, benchmarks, and objectives are aligned to the new Illinois Common Core Standards, AASL and NETS-S standards as well.

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Common Core Standards

The new Illinois Learning Standards incorporate the Common Core Standards.

It is important that school librarians become informed about these standards.  The state board has made a commitment to the concept and thus it is important for all to be involved and gives librarians the opportunity to take a leadership role. Read more


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