News and Information
2023 READERS’ 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
2022 ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Join us for our 2022 AISLE Conference, Thursday-Saturday, November 3-5, 2022, at the Tinley Park Convention Center.
This year our theme is AISLE A.C.T. where we will focus on the foundations of the school library profession: advocacy, collaboration, and teaching. Stay tuned for updates on the schedule, keynotes, vendors, and additional networking opportunities.
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.
Thank you for being members or followers of the Association of Illinois School Library Educators. School Librarians have one of the most versatile teaching roles in your school district. One of their many responsibilities is being an advocate for school libraries, and they cannot do this important work alone. Unfortunately, during the 2021-22 school year Illinois School Librarians reported book challenges, budget cuts, and position removals across our state. We cannot stand by in silence and let this trend continue!
The time is NOW to advocate for every child to have access to a library in their school. The time is NOW to advocate for a certified school librarian in every school library. Your colleagues need you. We need your voice. Make 2022-23 the year we come together as one organization to promote the importance of a certified school librarian to the stakeholders in each of our communities. We need our stakeholders to understand the necessity of a school librarian in EVERY Illinois school.
2022 AISLE Award Winners
It is our pleasure to announce the 2022 AISLE Award winners who will be honored at the Awards Banquet and Ceremony during this years Annual Conference. Please join us in offering our congratulations to:
Mary Jo Matousek
Presented with the AISLE Past-President Pin to recognize her leadership and service to the organization during her tenure as President.
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.
Awarded annually, AISLE scholarships are specifically designed to support those who are taking school library coursework leading to Illinois licensure. Please review the individual scholarship pages for specific terms, criteria, and eligibility requirements. Scholarship applications are accepted between November 15 and February 1.
AISLE grants support current Illinois school librarians, those working to become school librarians, or Illinois school library programs. Please review the individual grant pages for specific terms, criteria, and eligibility requirements.
AISLE awards are presented annually at the association’s fall conference to recognize excellence in librarianship, service to the organization, or meritorious support of school library programs. Applications for the four standard awards may be filled out by any AISLE member. Nominations for the five honor awards are generated by the AISLE board, however the general membership may contact any board member to recommend nomination. Please see the individual award pages for specific terms, criteria, and eligibility requirements. The nomination/application window is open annually between May 1 and September 15.
AISLE & Member Library Highlights
Salt Creek Primary School: This amazing “The Hat” display was created by our former librarian Bobbie Kocim. Our students love it!
Woodland Middle School: Have you completed your Wordle today? Maybe these 5-letter titles from the Woodland Middle School collection can help?
Spring Ave Library: Originally a gym, the Spring Ave Library’s renovations of the space and the collection transformed it into the GEM of the building. Full of readers, books, and plants, our library is a lively place of growth, learning, and joy.