2021 AISLE Conference
November 8-9, 2021
The 2021 AISLE Conference Steering Committee has been working non-stop all summer to bring an outstanding conference to Illinois teachers, librarians, administrators, students and anyone interested in increasing their knowledge in the field of library and information science. Yes, we will be wearing masks, but we will not let that stop us from enjoying all that our conference has to offer and returning to our jobs with renewed enthusiasm.
We are offering participants the opportunity to earn up to 11 PD hours from a selection of 40 concurrent sessions with a wide variety of offerings from technology to new books to advocating to current hot topics. Dean of the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Dr. Eunice Santos will welcome conference goers and our 5 Featured Speakers include advocate, classroom teacher and school librarian John Schumacher; Illinois author and educator Dan Zehr; author Jordan Sonnenblick; Eric Kallenborn,educator and administrator; and Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor at the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Dr. Emily Knox.
We will be holding our Awards Evening to honor many people for their contributions to and in support of our profession. We will be honoring the Readers’ Choice Book Award winners as well as offering time to browse our vendors and exhibitors. New this year is an entire morning with the opportunity to meet and talk to Illinois authors and illustrators in the Exhibit Hall and at lunch. If you arrive on Sunday evening, you can join us in a Literary Mystery Whodunit, enjoy snacks, relax and get geared up for the conference.
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.
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.
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.