AISLE Professional Resources


  • RAILS Pulse Covid-19 page link Check out: survey results on virtual programs and Essential Action survey including elearning ideas, a wifi hotspot map for Illinois, makerspace spreadsheet info on 3D printing of PPE being done, and much more.

  • Covid-19 Information from IHLS website: includes resources for librarians including a list of Director Chats planned, printable scavenger hunts, info on the virus and how to manage books that are returned and much more.

  • ILA website - Check out the ILA page for links to daily updates on how Illinois is handling the crisis, resources for libraries, and information from the CDC and WHO.



Kramer, Pamela K. and Linda Diekman, "Evidence Assessment Advocacy," Teacher Librarian,   37:3. February 2010.

Intellectual Freedom

Find resources on Materials Challenges/Censorship, LMC 2.0, and Access and Diversity:

Share concerns, post questions, and learn about events and news:

Other Resources


Illinois Licensure Testing System

Illinois Licensure Testing System Study Guide for Library Information Specialist (Code 175)

Professional Development Standards

The National Board of Professional Teaching Standards Site

Where to take LIS courses

For Illinois standards and licensure, go to and then search the site (which is being revamped) by using the search box at the upper right of the homepage

Citing Resources

OWL at Purdue

MLA Online

APA Style

NoodleBib - an online bibliography maker

Easy Bib

Landmarks Son of Citation Machine

Knight Cite

21st Century Information Fluency Project

Collection Development

Copyright Information

Curriculum Mapping

Buzzo, Toni. "Using Communication to Solve Roadblocks to Collaboration." Teacher Librarian (June 2004) 31.5
Johnson, Peggy. Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management.  Chicago: American Library Association, 2009.

Jacobs, Heidi Hayes. "Upgrading the K-12 Journey through Curriculum Mapping: A Technology Tool for Classroom Teachers, Media Specialists, and Administrators." Knowledge Quest (November/December 2000) 29:2.

Loertscher, David V. and May Lein Ho. Collection Mapping in the LMC. San Jose, CA: Hi Willow Research and Publishing, 1996.

Evaluation of Web Sites

Facilities Planning

Baule, S. M. (2007). Facilities Planning for School Library Media and Technology Centers, Linworth Publishing.

Bolan, K. (2009). Teen Spaces: The Step-by-Step Library Makeover. 2nd ed. ALA Editions.

Erikson, R. & Harkuson, C. (2007). Designing a School Library Media Center for the Future. ALA Editions.

Haggans, M. (1998). 14 Ways to Get Better Performance from Your Architect. School Planning & Management, 37 (3), 24-27. (Dated but excellent source for those new to the process)

Hart, T. L. (2006). Top Ten List of Library Facility Technology Issues. Library Media Connection 24 (4): 46-47.

Johnson D. (2009) Some Design Considerations. 

National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities

Illinois Education Sites

Chicago Public Schools
Illinois State Board of Education
Illinois School Code
Online Schools in Illinois

Information Literacy

Digital Citizenship

Bell, Mary Ann. 2007. The Elephant in the Room: School Districts Nationwide Are Voluntarily Filtering the Filters- And No One Is Talking about It. School Library Journal 53, no.1 (January), 40-42.

Harris, Frances Jacobson. 2009. Ethics from Web 1.0 to Web 2.0: Standing Outside the Box. Knowledge Quest 37, no. 3 (January/February), 56-61.

Magid, Larry. 2009, July 9. Should Schools End Internet Safety Nights?

Online Predators: The Media Show

Protecting Your Kids on the Internet Protect your kids online

The Essential Teen Internet Safety Guide by USDish

360 Total Security Internet Safety and Security for Kids

How to Protect Your Children on Their Smartphone This is a resource from a cellphone company in Great Britain and does advertise their services. It is meant for parents but has very good information.

The Ultimate Parent's Guide to Internet Safety (Every Cloud Technologies Ltd.)

Consumer Affairs reviews of antivirus software

Safe Stars: Internet Safety Tips for Kids

Internet Safety for Kids provided by MONEYSAVEPRO

The Concerned Parent’s Toolbox – 120 Tools and Tricks to Protect Your Kids

Best Antivirus Software for 2017 from MONEYSAVINGPRO

Plagiarism Guide

Insuring Child Safety Online

The Lifecake Guide To Internet Safety & Privacy For Kids (And Parents)

Job Vacancies

These are some places to look but the listings are probably not totally inclusive. Each Regional Office of Education and Illinois Library System has its own policy and responsibility for the job postings.

Illinois Education Job Bank

Illinois Regional Offices of Education

RAILS Jobs Board


Developing a Relationship with Your Legislator

State Legislation:

Illinois General Assembly

Illinois Library Association

Federal Legislation:


A joint project funded by ILA, ILSDO, and ISLMA

for state issues

for contacting Congress on federal issues

for contacing Illinois General Assembly

Librarian Links

Leadership Continuum Checklist

Online Resources for School Librarians

School Libraries on the Web - Peter Milbury's site


Creighton, Peggy Milam.  (2007) Mentoring a New Library Media Specialist: a Model Relationship.  School Library Media Activities Monthly, 24(4), 25-28.

Meloni, Christine. (2006) Mentoring the Next Generation of Library Media Specialists.  Library Media Connection, 24(4), 32-33.

Online Journals and Discussion Groups

Professional Organizations


American Association of School Librarians (ALA)
Association for Library Service to Children (ALA)
Young Adult Library Services Association (ALA)
Illinois Library Association
Children's Book Council
Children's Book Guild of Washington, D.C.
Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT)
International Society for Technology in Education
Illinois Digital Educators Alliance
International Reading Association (IRA)

Teacher Organizations

National Education Association
American Federation of Teachers
Illinois Education Association
Illinois Federation of Teachers
Chicago Teachers Union

Quantitative Guidelines for School Libraries

Utah School Library Media Programs --standards from Utah State Office of Ed.

Resources for School Librarians - a mega site with state and national guidelines and standards from many states. This site is maintained by Linda Bertland, retired school librarian. 

Ohio Department of Education-Library Guidelines

Research on School Library Media Programs

Powerful Libraries Make Powerful Learners: The Illinois Study

Idaho School Library Impact Study

School Libraries Work! is a research foundation paper that collects position statements and research findings on the impact that school libraries and school library information specialists have on student achievement. This booklet, in PDF format, is an easy-to-read and understand summary of the research.

Stephen D. Krashen, author of The Power of Reading: Insights from the Research, includes information in his books and website on the importance of providing students with a print-rich environment.

Resources for Keeping Up

From library people:

From other folks:


Web 2.0 Goes to School

Hargittai, E. 2010. Digital Na(t)ives? Variation in Internet Skills and Uses among Members of the "Net Generation." Sociological Inquiry. 80 (1): 92-113. The take-home message from this study is that young people don't actually know everything about the digital world. They need our guidance to learn literacy in this realm as well.

Ito, Mizuko, et al. 2008. Digital Youth Research: Kids' Informal Learning With Digital Media, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Available: A synthesis of the findings of 22 different case studies revealing how young people learn, create, and collaborate online.

Lenhart, Amanda, May 13, 2009. Cyberbullying: What the Research Is Telling Us... Presentation at the National Association of Attorneys General Year of the Child Conference, Pew Internet and American Life Project. Keep an eye on anything produced by the Pew Internet and American Life Project!

Wolak, Janet, David Finkelhor, Kimberley J. Mitchell, and Michelle L. Ybarra, February 18, 2008. Online "Predators" and Their Victims: Myths, Realities, and Implications for Prevention and Treatment. American Psychologist, 63 (2): 111-128.

Date Modified: 5/13/19