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Registration is now open for the 2016 Conference.


Check out the schedule on the conference Google site.

Registration for the 2016 YA Day is now open! Forms are available at:
YA DAY Documents for Participants - Google Drive and need to be submitted by October 22. Please send questions to

It is our pleasure to announce the Fall 2016 ISLMA Award winners who will be honored at the Awards Gala. Please join us in giving our congratulations to:

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 Statement Regarding CPS Library Positions

September 5, 2016

Dear Mr. Claypool and Mr. Clark:

In December 2015, two very important events happened for Chicago schools: ESSA, the Every Student Succeeds Act, passed the House and Senate to replace No Child Left Behind as federal education law; and hundreds of children at DuSable High School staged a successful sit-in to protest the firing of their school librarian. In August 2016, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) ignored the promise of ESSA and broke faith with their students by firing half of their school librarians.

ESSA moves federal law away from test-based accountability systems to one where the school climate matters for student success. Among many significant changes, it includes new provisions that return school libraries and school librarians to their important place on campus and in the academic lives of our students. ISBE, the Illinois State Board of Education, is currently shepherding a statewide ESSA Implementation planning process for all our schools and districts. As a stakeholder for school libraries, we believe that CPS has acted rashly and prematurely in cutting school librarians as a category of teachers and school leaders. We understand that ESSA is a new law, but CPS should look to new federal funding options in it before cutting a whole category of instructional support.

The students at DuSable did what parents and adults in Chicago often have had a hard time doing. They said "stop" to CPS's cuts. They stood up for their own academic futures by sitting down. They, who are at that school every day, knew that firing their librarian was a bad choice. They, who protested quietly in the halls by reading, knew that their librarian is a key person on faculty. The students of DuSable have inspired us to say now to CPS leadership, to the Chicago Board of Education, to neighborhood school councils and to City Hall "Stop". The choices about where you allocate the budget reflect your values. We ask you to listen to our request on behalf of tens of thousands of kids who go back to school on Tuesday. We look at the way you reversed your DuSable decision back in December and know there are options in the budget. Keeping librarians who change lives and library programs that transform schools shouldn't be a hard decision.

Now is the wrong time for CPS to fire more librarians. With ESSA as the law of the land and a robust new dialog among educational stakeholders across our state, CPS and City Hall should re-invest in school librarians because they are an investment in student success.

As the leadership of the Illinois School Library Media Association, we urge CPS to reverse those cuts and return these qualified, engaged, and effective librarians to their libraries. We know that firing half the librarians is bad education policy for Chicago schools because we know, and study after study shows, that it is going to hurt student achievement at those schools. Illinois School Library Media Association calls on CPS to look at the leverage our school librarians create as an asset instead of a cost center.

CC: Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Click here to download the statement.

#CPS #DontCutSchoolLibrarians

ISLMA needs your help in promoting library media programs across Illinois

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

YA Battle of the Books

The ISLMA Conference YA Day Committee is pleased to announce the titles for the 2016 Statewide Battle of the Books, which will occur on Saturday, November 5 at Tinley Park during the annual fall conference.

The 2016 ISLMA Battle of the Books Book List

  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  • Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
  • Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein
  • Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
  • Hidden by Helen Frost
  • I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912 by Lauren Tarshis
  • Matilda by Roald Dahl
  • Michael Vey: The Prisoner of cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans
  • Rump by Liesl Shurtliff
  • See You at Harry’s by Joanna Knowles
  • Sidekicks by Dan Santata
  • The 13 - Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths

Detailed information about the 2016 YA Day events will be available this summer. Registration for Battle of the Books Teams will open in the fall. Tournament Rules can be found online at:

As YA Day information is shared, copies of all documents, forms, and information will be available in a Google Drive folder accessible at: If you have questions or would like to volunteer to assist with YA Day activities, please contact Christy Semande


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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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