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If you haven't voted in the Election of Board Members, please take the time to do so now. The special edition of the newsletter giving candidate statements and the ballot are both located in the "Members Only" area of the ISLMA Website found to the right. And remember that elections close April 29. While you are in the "Members Only" area of Website, be sure to update your Personal Information if anything has changed since the last time you accessed the members only section.

Mark your calendars for an upcoming PD opportunity from ISLMA!

Future Ready Schools are becoming part of conversations in social media and in our schools. What role do school librarians play in preparing the way for Future Ready Schools and how can we be a part of the Future Ready Librarian movement? As school librarians, we have the opportunity to begin looking at our roles through the Future Ready Librarian framework. Register to join your colleagues in unpacking the Future Ready Librarians framework and begin to plan your Future Ready Library.

The PD will be available at three IL locations on Saturday, April 29th from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, you may choose to register at:

- Metea Valley High School, 1801 N. Eola Road, Aurora, IL 60502

- Sacred Heart-Griffin High School, 1200 West Washington, Springfield, IL 62702

- University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign, School of Information Sciences, 501 E. Daniel Street, 123 LIS Building, Champaign, IL 61820

Registration is $25 for ISLMA members and $40 for non-members. Hope to see you there! Please contact with questions.

Click here to register

Back by popular demand, Summer Getaway 2017 : Professional Development for School Librarians will be hosted by the iSchool at Illinois on June 12, 13 and 14, 2017.

This unique PD event held on-campus in Champaign will repeat the well-received format of a daily focus on a single, high-demand topic. Led by school library professionals, each in-depth session will offer a relaxed learning environment where authentic dialogue is encouraged. New this year, each day will conclude with a thought-provoking presentation by an iSchool speaker. Cost is $75 per day; participants may register for 1, 2 or 3 days. Invite an administrator to accompany you on Monday, June 12 for an additional $25! Registration will open online on April 15th. Watch ISLMA-Share for more details.

Monday, June 12: Communicate to Advocate

        Allan Davenport, Laura Nylen, Kristen Mattson, and Dawn Vieira,
        Indian Prairie School District 204

Tuesday, June 13: Facilitate Dynamic Teaching & Learning (Secondary level)

        Allison Bava, Hinsdale South High School, Darien

Tuesday, June 13: Facilitate Dynamic Teaching & Learning (Elementary level)

        Liz Delzell, Spencer Loomis Elementary, Hawthorn Woods

Wednesday, June 14: Extend Your Digital Outreach

        K.C. Boyd, East St. Louis School District 189

Questions? Ann Ohms ( or Georgeann Burch (

At the Illinois School Library Media Association (ISLMA) Annual meeting on November 4, 2016, the membership was presented a proposal to investigate changing the name of our organization from ISLMA to a name that better reflects the current objectives of the association. The Board appointed a task force to investigate this proposal. The task force is asking for your input on renaming our association. Please submit your responses by April 19, 2017.

Please click here to go to the survey.

Click here.

For voting results of the Monarch, Bluestem, and Lincoln programs, go to the appropriate section of the website and look under year 2017.

On Monday, March 6, 2017, the winner of the 2017 Award was announced as The Crossover by Kwame Alexander with almost 17,000 votes cast in total. Thanks to the Caudill Club at Henry Puffer School in Downers Grove for creating the video announcement.

2017 Virtual Maker Meetup

If you did not have the opportunity to virtually attend the Virtual Maker Space Workshop and would like to find out what it was all about, you can go to this link and find it archived.

2017 ISLMA Conference RFP

This year, ISLMA will be celebrating the organization’s 30th conference! The theme of the 2017 ISLMA Conference at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel and Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield, IL, is “Past. Present. Future. Shining bright for 30 years." Conference will take place from October 19-21, 2017. The Program Committee is looking for sessions that demonstrate the wide variety of ways libraries and librarians help students succeed in both their academic or day-to-day lives. We need you to make our 2017 conference our best ever!

Please remember that presenters must register for the conference. In recognition of their contribution to ISLMA, presenters at the 2017 conference (up to 3 presenters per session) will have $35 waived off the cost of registration. The first speaker listed on the RFP will assume the lead speaker role in regards to communications to and from the ISLMA Program Committee.

Fill out the 2017 ISLMA Conference RFP at: by Wednesday, April 19, 2017. RFPs will only be accepted from the link above, but a PDF list of the RFP questions can be found here for your convenience. If you have any questions, please contact the Program Committee at

ISLMA needs your help in promoting library media programs across Illinois

Check out the page on ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) to learn more.


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.

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