The Polestar Award

Deadline for Application

Applications must be submitted between May 1 and September 15 electronically to by 11:59 PM on September 15th. Save and submit all materials as a PDF.


This award is presented to honor members of the Association who have made outstanding contributions to school library media programs in Illinois.
(AISLE Policy: 3016.1)


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

  1. Active, participating membership in AISLE
  2. Leadership role in AISLE
  3. Positive contribution to the school library media field.
Selection Criteria

Both sections of the nomination and application form must be completed.

The nomination must be accompanied by a nominating letter and at least two (2) letters of support explaining the eligibility of the nominee. Please include the names of persons submitting supporting letters. The letter might include consideration of the following:

  • Cooperation
  • Contribution to AISLE
  • Development of library media curriculum
  • Innovative program development
  • Interest in young people
  • Leadership
  • Legislation
  • Publication
  • Research
  • Resourcefulness
Selection Process

The recipient will be selected by the Awards Committee appointed by the AISLE Board.


The recipient will be honored with this award at the AISLE Fall Conference.

Click here to download the Nomination and Application Form, complete and save as a PDF to submit.

List of Past Polestar Award Winners