Linking for Learning

Linking for Learning, 4th edition: The Illinois School Library Standards sets a new level of excellence for school library media programs in Illinois and their contribution and impact on student learning.

The mission of Linking for Learning is to provide a set of standards for evaluation of school libraries across the state of Illinois and tools that support school librarians in their effort to develop a quality school library. This document provides support for growth and encouragement for collaboration with school and global entities that will empower students with the essential skills to enable them to become lifelong learners.

Linking for Learning is an accessible, current, working tool that connects school library media programs to core curriculum, information literacy and the Illinois Learning Standards. Linking for Learning focuses on the integration of information and technology into learning. Linking for Learning provides an implementation framework which emphasizes planning and assessment.

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AISLE will maintain and update resources to accompany Linking for Learning 2018. Here you will find accompanying resources, including forms, sources for further information, and links to websites.

Updates and Corrections

Linking for Learning 4th Edition, 2018 – Updates and Corrections



Code of Ethics of the American Library Association
Freedom to Read statement
Library Bill of Rights


AISLE Linking for Learning Forms

Sample Collaborative Planning Form Google Doc 
Sample Curriculum Map Planning Form Google Doc
Sample Flexible Scheduling Tracking Sheet Google Doc
Sample Lesson Plan Template Google Doc
Sample Request Form for Reconsideration of Library Materials Google Doc


Links to Organizations

AASL—American Association of School Librarians
AISLE—Association of Illinois School Library Educators
ALA—American Library Association
ICE—Illinois Computing Educators
ILA—Illinois Library Association
IRC - Illinois Reading Council
ISBE—Illinois State Board of Education
ISTE — International Society for Technology in Education



AASL National School Library Standards
Common Core State Standards
Illinois Learning Standards
I-SAIL Illinois Standards Aligned Instruction for Libraries
National Board Library Media Standards
NBPTS Early Childhood through Young Adulthood (ages 3-18+)
ISTE National Technology Standards
TRAILS—Tool for Real-time Assessment of Information Literacy Skills


Illinois Readers’ Choice Book Awards

Monarch Award: Illinois' K-3 Readers' Choice Award (Grades K–3)
Bluestem Award: Illinois 3-5 Readers’ Choice Award (Grades 3–5)
Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award (Grades 4–8)
Lincoln Award: Illinois Teen Readers’ Choice Award (Grades 9–12)

Date Modified: 3/18/19