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Would you like to host the Readers’ Choice live announcement?

ISLMA is now accepting applications from schools that would like to host the 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards live announcement of the winners. The announcement will be made on March 18, 2016, at 10:00am. Schools must have the following technical capabilities to host the Live Video Stream: a camera, microphone, computer with internet access, and software such as Livestream or Ustream as well as students who will be at ease in front of the camera to do the announcing and an administration that will support the time and effort the announcement will take.

If your school meets these criteria and you are interested in hosting the awards presentation, please complete the award hosting application. All applications must be submitted by January 15, 2016.

Click here to download the application.

Still Need More Professional Development?

If so, here are three opportunities for you to attend and at the spring workshop even present:


RA for All: The School Library Edition

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 from 4-5:30 PM
Becky Spratford, Presenter

International Readers’ Advisory expert Becky Spratford has spent over fifteen years serving leisure readers aged 13 and up through local public libraries; however, over the past seven years she has also volunteered with her local elementary school experimenting with the implementation of public library RA techniques in a school library setting. Join Becky for this 90-minute webinar where she shares her successes (and even a few failures), discussing how you can maximize your opportunities for promoting leisure reading. Sometimes it takes an “outside the box” approach to help our students develop a love for reading, but together we can help children feel the life-changing power of finding the perfect “fun” book—a power that can turn them into life-long readers and learners. And isn’t that why we go into this profession in the first place?  To register, go to L2.


Be Bold! Experiment

Friday, April 1 & Saturday April 2, 2016

The 2016 Illinois Youth Services Institute (IYSI)  will bring together Youth Services library staff from all across the state, giving them an opportunity to grow, network, and be inspired. This inaugural institute will be held at the Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in downtown Normal, IL, on April 1-2, 2016. Currently, Youth Services is undergoing a profound transformation as libraries continue to evolve and redefine their roles in the community. This two-day conference will bring together more than 200 children and teen services staff to share and experience best practices during these times of change. Formal sessions, vendor exhibits, and hands-on opportunities combined with the networking opportunities will create a dynamic and collaborative learning environment for all.   LACONI YSS  (Library Administrators Conference of Northern Illinois Youth Services Section http://laconi,net/youth) and the ILA in collaboration with RAILS and IHLS have developed this conference, which is for ALL librarians serving youth, including public, school, and special libraries.h RAILS and IHLS have developed this conference, which is for ALL librarians serving youth, including public, school, and special libraries. 

School Library Journal Day of Dialog 2016

Wednesday, May 11, 2016, from 9 AM-6 PM

Be informed, inspired, and entertained by the best authors, editors, and publishers in the industry. Spend the day discussing the latest trends and get the inside scoop on the hottest books in the world of children’s and young adult literature. Includes a full day of panels and speaker presentations by celebrated authors as well as breakfast, lunch, and a closing reception along with author signings, free ARCs and an opportunity to network with colleagues from around the country in an intimate library-centric setting. Get a first look at exciting titles due out this fall and walk away with bags filled with books and inspiring ideas for your libraries and classrooms.  Go to to register.  Cost is $58.96 per person or $95.93 with a one-year subscription to School Library Journal.

Congratulations to the following who were honored at this year's conference in Peoria:

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.


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.

Start sailing......

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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