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No conference can be successful without the knowledge members are willing to share.
If you would like to present at conference, click here.

Timelines for Readers Choice Awards

- New master list release mid-March
- Caudill voting now through February 28
- Monarch, Bluestem, and Lincoln voting February 15 to March 15
- 2017 registration opens March 16
- Live announcement of 2016 winners, March 18, 10:00am
- Check here for more information closer to that date.

Still Need More Professional Development?

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


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.


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 NGSS as well as the ISTE standards.

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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