Exemplary School Library Award

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The OLCHS Media Center earned the Exemplary School Library award from the Association of Illinois School Library Educators (AISLE). The award required applicants to provide detailed evidence supporting the standards of excellence according to the Illinois library framework. Only six schools in the state of Illinois were awarded this honor. 
Media Specialists Jennifer Sidlow and Eileen Wholley shared their success story at the Carousel of Panels during the 2022 Joint Annual Conference in Chicago on Saturday, November 19. The JAC is a state education conference for school board members, administrators and school business leaders. 
The topic of their presentation was  “An Exemplary School Library is Vital for Student Success”. In each of the 30 minute sessions, the Media Specialist discussed the value of librarians and the school library as integral to education. They presented to library stakeholders that a safe, supportive and intellectually challenging library environment maximizes student engagement. 
The presentation was attended by school architects, administrators and school board members, where they learned how school leaders can enhance student success by supporting and advocating for the school library. 
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