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Nominate before it’s too late!

Email Applications by Sept. 1 to meet new 2015 Grants and Awards Deadlines

In order to meet conference deadlines, the application procedures for the following ISLMA grants and awards have been amended to read that, “entries must be emailed to by 11:59 PM on Sept. 1, 2015.

The Polestar Award is presented to honor members of the Association who have made outstanding contributions to school library media programs in Illinois.

The ISLMA/Upstart Award and $1000.00 is given to recognize annually a school library media center’s for planning and implementing an innovative or creative event or service which has made a measurable positive impact on its users.

The Esther Baker ISLMA Scholarship is designed to encourage students who wish to gain licensure to work in Illinois schools as a high school librarian. In honor of Esther, one scholarship per year will be awarded up to $1000.00 for tuition related to course work leading to certification. (Following this special fall 2015 award, scholarship applications will be regularly accepted in the spring.)

Nominate your colleagues or apply by September 1 and watch for winners to be announced in late September.

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.

Trying to make sense of advocacy issues?

Try out a new website School Library Advocacy created by Deb Levitov, former editor of School Library Monthly, and Christie Kaaland and Deb Kachel of Antioch University Seattle​. Their first blog post was "Making Sense of the Reauthorization of ESEA and its Impact on School Library Programs. Go to and click on the blog link.


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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