AISLE Exemplary School Library Award

Established in 2018, the AISLE Exemplary School Library Award recognizes school libraries throughout the state of Illinois that exemplify the standards set forth in Linking for Learning. This award is presented to a school library in public, private, or charter schools and is not intended to recognize districts or individual librarians.

(AISLE Policy: 3016.6)

For questions concerning the award, please email schoolrecognition@aisled.org

Note that the scoring rubric is in Linking for Learning. To purchase a copy visit: Linking for Learning.

List of Past AISLE Exemplary School Library Award Recipients

Application and Award Timeline
  • March 1, application window opens
  • June 30, application window closes
  • August AISLE Board meeting, committee reports decisions to Board for approval
  • Post August AISLE Board meeting, committee contacts all applicants with the results of the application evaluations and the board vote
  • September – October, Exemplary School Library Award presented to the School Board of each recipient school library, if possible
  • October/November, Exemplary School Libraries recognized at the annual AISLE Conference Awards banquet
  • October/November, recipients share their experience via a conference session or the AISLE Advocate/Update
Award Application Documents

Download and complete the forms below. Save them to your computer to edit. Then, use the online document submission application below to send them to AISLE.

To be eligible for the award, the school library must meet the following criteria:

  • Have a full-time licensed school librarian who is a member of AISLE.
  • Have a dedicated school library budget some of which must come from the district.
  • The school library has NOT received the award within the last three years.

Note that the scoring rubric is in Linking for Learning. To purchase a copy visit: Linking for Learning.

Exemplary School Library Award Application, download PDF form.

Supportive Narratives for Building/District Administrator, download PDF form.

Examples of Evidence for School Library, download PDF form.

Crosswalk Document download file.

Frequently Asked Questions, download PDF form.

Online Document Submission Portal

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