Association of Illinois School Library Educators

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Your vote matters more than you might think. The individuals that are elected to fill these positions will direct the association’s future and have an impact on state-wide policies for school library programs.

The voting window for the 2022 Election is open April 1-30. During this time, AISLE members in good standing can access the ballot in the MEMBERS section of AISLEd.org. After logging in with your member ID and password, you should see a link to the ballot. There are ten outstanding candidates for the four open positions. You will be asked to choose one (1) person for president elect, one (1) person for treasurer, and two (2) people for the board. You also have the ability to write-in a candidate should you choose. Candidate information can be found HERE as well as in the AISLE Advocate.

AISLE appreciates the work that the Nomination and Election committee, led by Colleen Malone, did to present our membership with a slate of such high caliber candidates.

Reader's Choice Winners Announced

Each year thousands of students in Kindergarten all the way up to twelfth grade from all across the state of Illinois vote to choose the best books in their level. The Association of Illinois School Library Educators presents the Readers' Choice Award on their behalf. This year 82,321 students cast their vote in support of their favorite book. Please join us as we announce the Monarch, Bluestem and Lincoln Awards! The Monarch Award, a K-3 award, was won by Potato Pants with 10, 528 votes. The Bluestem Award, a 3-5th grade award, went to Does It Fart? with 2,987 votes. Finally, the Lincoln Award, a 9-12th grade award, was won by The Inheritance Games with 156 votes. Check out the full video announcements and all the vote counts at 22 Winners Announcements. Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2022 Reader's Choice Award.

2023 Reader's Choice Lists

AISLE is proud to announce the 2023 Readers' Choice Lists are here! Our committees have been hard at work for the past year curating these lists and we are excited about them! We hope you are just as excited!

We are working on creating resources for these books in the coming months. If you would like information on how you can contribute to these resources or how to join one of our committees that create these lists, please email Jana Bayne at readerschoice@aised.org.

It’s All About Advocacy!

Click here to explore tips and action plans with ready-to-go resources to assist you in advocating for your students, staff and library program. These ideas will highlight the value of school libraries and the library staff—stressing the importance of partnering, collaborating and communicating. See a snapshot of what advocacy should look like in your school library and why it is so crucial to maintain a thriving library program.

Webinar Recordings

AISLE is dedicated to providing school librarians in the state of Illinois with the resources that they need. Since mid-March we have been providing webinars to help you through this time. Our webinars have been recorded and added to our website. Webinars will be added as we continue through the coming months. For full access to all webinars from AISLE, please consider becoming a member.

Open Webinar Materials

AISLE Partners with RAILS

Check out RAILS' new campaign to promote partnership in Illinois. Go to: mylibraryis.org for resources, toolkits, and talking points for school libraries. This includes the Sharing Showcase where we can highlight best practices and promote the value of school libraries. We welcome your small and big library success stories!

Linking for Learning

Linking for Learning, The Illinois School Library Standards, 4th Edition provides guidance for everyone involved in evaluating a school library. It includes standards encompassing Planning and Instruction, Learning Environment, Library Administration, and Leadership. Linking for Learning provides support and encouragement for all school librarians. It also includes an important focus on building/district administration with standards and rubrics dedicated to them.

Order a copy for yourself and one for each of your administrators. It is great to use for self-evaluation and advocacy. Always keep a copy on your desk for reference. The cost is $36.00 and can be ordered here.


Linking for Learning is also available as an e-book from Amazon for $25.oo. Click here to order from Amazon and be sure to use Amazon Smile.

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: 09/28/2021