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2017 Virtual Maker Meetup

Have you heard about the maker movement? Are you curious about what other K-12 librarians are doing in their makerspaces? Do you need ideas about how to incorporate STEAM activities into your library program? Do you love the idea of participating in professional development from the comfort of your own home? Do you have a great maker activity that you want to share with others?

Join us for the first virtual ISLMA professional development opportunity to hear about exciting makerspace projects your colleagues have been undertaking.

When: Saturday, March 11, 2017
Where: Online!
Time: Four 30 minute sessions from 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
Cost: FREE (2 PDH credits available)

Click here for more information.


Illinois Youth Services Institute
March 10-11, 2017
Crowne Plaza Springfield

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 children and teen services staff to share and experience best practices during these times of change. Formal sessions, vendor exhibits, and hands-on learning, combined with networking opportunities, will create a dynamic and collaborative learning environment for all.

For more information visit:

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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