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ISLMA is currently accepting Nominations for the following Voting Board Positions

President Elect.
2 At Large Board Member Seats

If you are interested in running or nominating someone, please send names to Mary Jo Matousek at, no later than January 20, 2017.

ISLMA is now accepting applications from schools that would like to host the 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards live announcement of the winners. The announcement will be made on March 17, 2017 at 10:00am. Schools must have the following technical capabilities to host the Live Video Stream:

  • Camera
  • Microphone
  • Computer
  • Internet
  • Software to broadcast, like Livestream, Ustream, etc.
  • Students who will be at ease in front of a camera to make the announcements
  • Support from your administration

If your school meets these criteria and you are interested in hosting the awards presentation, please complete the award hosting application (click here) and email it to All applications must be submitted by January 15, 2017

Congratulations to the follow 2016 ISLMA Award Winners who were honored at the conference:

Georgeann Burch
(Retired) K-12 Program Coordinator, School of Information Sciences: The iSchool at Illinois, Champaign
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.

Christy Semande: “Cookies for a Cause”
Canton High School, Canton
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.

Dr. Nick Polyak
Superintendent, Leyden High School District 212, Franklin Park
Winner of the ISLMA Administrator of the Year Award recognizing the meritorious support of a school library program by a building or district level school administrator

Honor Awards

These special honor awards are designed to honor and recognize individuals for distinguished and exceptional service or contributions to ISLMA and/or the library community. e awards are unique in that they are initiated by a member of the Board, are highly selective, and given only at the discretion of the Board.

Michelle Glatt
Chiddix and Evans Junior High Schools, Bloomington-Normal Recipient of the School Librarian of the Year Award recognizing outstanding service and leadership contributions to the organization, the school library profession or a school library in Illinois during the previous school calendar year.

Kristen Rademacher
Marist High School, Chicago
Recipient of the First Page Award recognizing the contributions of a member within the first five years of membership for service to the organization and contribution to librarianship in Illinois.

David Williams
Rainbow Books
Recipient of the Pillar Award recognizing an exhibit vendor for their continued support of the organization, of school libraries or of school library professionals.

Angela Green
Trewyn K-8 School, Peoria
Recipient of the Past President Pin.

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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Date Modified: 1/12/17

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