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School Libraries for the 21st Century Measurement Benchmarks (SL 21) are a tool to help measure the quality of School Library programs within individual school buildings in Michigan. To achieve Qualified and Exemplary Status for a School Library program, submit completed measurement benchmark evaluations to the Library of Michigan, an Office of the Michigan Department of Education. School administrators are to evaluate their building's School Library program in conjunction with their School Librarian and submissions require the signature of their District Superintendent. Status earned are valid for three years. The SL 21 measures are reviewed and revised every three years by the Library of Michigan and the School Library Workgroup to ensure that the measures are relevant and appropriate for Michigan's school library programs. Please contact Karren Reish at reishk@michigan.gov or 517-241-0021 with any questions on the SL 21 program.

• SL 21 Measurement Benchmarks for Michigan School Libraries for 21st Century Schools PDF icon

• SL 21 Measurement Benchmarks for Michigan School Libraries for 21st Century Schools DOC icon Word version of Benchmarks.

• School Library Workgroup PDF icon The School Library Workgroup is a group of school librarians who assist the Library of Michigan. Through two meetings a year, the group and the Library of Michigan maintain a discussion forum for current issues in Michigan school libraries.

• K-12 School Library/Media Center Community Updates To stay informed about the SL 21 program and statewide resources, materials and events for use by K-12 students and staff, please join the School Library Community listserv. The listserv is for the Library of Michigan and the K-12 School Library Media Center community.


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SL 21 Information

• SL 21 Qualified and Exemplary School Libraries List - By Name of School Library PDF icon

• SL 21 Qualified and Exemplary School Libraries List - By Date PDF icon

• SL 21 Sample Press Release DOC icon

• SL 21 Bibliography to Initiate Conversation and Action PDF icon

• SL 21 Background and How To Use PDF icon


Michigan School Library Information

• The Impact of Michigan School Librarians on Academic Achievement: Kids Who Have Libraries Succeed PDF icon A Library of Michigan research project that showed school library media programs have a statistically significant positive impact on reading achievement in grades 4, 7, and 11.

The Impact of Michigan School Librarians on Academic Achievement: Kids Who Have Libraries Succeed (Flyer)

• Technology Readiness Resources - Michigan Department of Education Includes sample technology plans.

• MORE: Michigan Online Resources for Educators


Using Text Sets to Support Common Core Implementation

• Text Set Explanation and Samples The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for ELA aim for students to be able to critically think about increasingly complex texts and to read across informational and literary texts. Building strong text sets can be one way of supporting teachers in providing the necessary reading experiences needed to meet the aim of the CCSS. A text set is a group of books used to build background knowledge and common vocabulary around a theme or topic. In the text set an anchor book is used as the focus of a unit or lesson and a series of additional information at various reading levels is strategically chosen to support the anchor text. The materials available here explain how the sets can be created and used.

• Text Sets Explanatory Letter PDF icon

• Text Set for 6-8 with The Hunger Games - Set A PDF icon

• Text Set for 6-8 with The Hunger Games - Set B PDF icon

• Text Set for 6-8 with The Hunger Games - Set C PDF icon


Michigan Certification Information

• Educator Certification Administrative Rules

• Appropriate Assignments for Elementary Certified Teachers PDF icon

• Utilization of Noncertified Personnel in Elementary and Secondary Schools PDF icon

• National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and National Board Certification Information


Additional Information About School Librarians

• 21 Things 4 Students Content and technology every student should know from the REMC Association of Michigan.

• 21 Things for the 21st Century Educator Technology every educator should know from the Clinton RESA, Ingham ISD, Macomb ISD & the Shiawassee RESD.

• 21st Century Libraries in Michigan video - Libraries and Youth Section The Library of Michigan and the Bright Side Television Show collaborated on an episode showing the impact of Michigan's libraries in the 21st Century. The Libraries and Youth section includes interviews with the school librarians at Marshall Middle School and Swan Valley High School. See the full show (31 min.) at Episode 13: 21st Century Libraries and an episode guide here.

• AASL: American Association of School Librarians See also Best Websites for Teaching and Learning and AASL Standards for the 21st-Century Learner

• Act4SL A national advocacy group working "to ensure that every Pre K-12 student has access to a quality school library program and certified school librarian."

• "Ask Why" from MAME MAME created PSA to raise awareness among parents and school administrators of the need for certified school librarians in public schools. Joe Staley of the San Francisco 49ers, the son of a Michigan school librarian, is the spokesperson. The PSA is 30 seconds in length. Please feel free to broadcast/distribute and to help you inform parent-teacher organizations, state legislators, school administrators, boards of education, and others about school libraries in Michigan.

• Becoming and Being: Reflections on Teacher-Librarianship This collection of writings demonstrates the critical role of the teacher-librarian in schools. Topics include the shift from teacher to teacher-librarian, the library as place and space, the instructional partner role, the technology leadership role, the literacy leadership role, the school leadership role, and the role of the teacher-librarian in collection management.

• Campaign for Grade Level Reading 3rd Grade Reading Success Matters - The Campaign is a collaborative effort by dozens of funders across the nation to: close the gap in reading achievement that separates many low-income students from their peers; raise the bar for reading proficiency so that all students are assessed by world-class standards; and ensure that all children, including and especially children from low-income families, have an equitable opportunity to meet those higher standards.

• Characteristics of Public and Bureau of Indian Education Elementary and Secondary School Library Media Centers in the United States. (2007-08) PDF icon

• Common Core Standards and Information Literacy Correlation - Montana Office of Public Instruction

• Common Core State Standards Resources - Live Binder Collections

• Connecticut State Library - Library Impact Studies iConn.org - Connecticut State Library's list of academic, K-12 and public library impact studies.

• Department of Education Evaluation Highlights Success of Improving Literacy Through School Libraries Program 2009 American Library Association press release on the Second Evaluation of the Improving Literacy Through School Libraries (LSL) Program released by the U.S. Department of Education.

• DigitalLiteracy.gov Federal digital literacy resources and collaboration site.

• Highly Effective School Library Program Colorado statewide program designed to bring recognition to the role that school library media programs and teacher librarians play in promoting student achievement.

• Horizon Report K-12 Edition NMC (New Media Consortium) annual report examining emerging technologies for their potential impact on and use in teaching and learning.

• Implementing the Common Core State Standards: The Role of the School Librarian PDF icon Paper from Achieve and the American Association of School Libraries (November 2013) for school leaders and librarians to rethink and re-envision the role of the school library.

• Information Literacy in the Wild PDF icon University of Michigan School of Information Class 641's essays on field experiences in libraries of all types.

• Informational Brief: Impact of School Libraries on Student Achievement; October 2011 Report from the New York Comprehensive Center (NYCC)/RMC Research Corporation, the New York State Education Department, the New York State Library and the New York Library Association. This comprehensive brief provides a current and rigorous research analyses which demonstrates the positive impact that school libraries and school librarians have in advancing student learning.

• International Association of School Librarianship

• Kamehameha Schools (HI) Library/Media Specialists Rubric PDF icon School librarian evaluation rubric based on the Charlotte Danielson rubric (12/06/2010)

• Leading In and Beyond the Library A report from the Alliance for Excellent Education on key role that school librarians and libraries should play in the transition to digital learning, and the effective use of technology to improve teaching and learning.

• Learning Space Toolkit A Resource for Designing and Sustaining Technology-Rich Informal Learning Spaces from North Carolina State University, IMLS and others.

• Library Research Service: School Library Section Results of school library studies from other states, school library statistics, and resources of interest to school librarians.

• The LiLead Project IMLS funded research project on school library supervisors by the University of Maryland.

• LOEX Clearinghouse for Library Instruction: Instruction Resources

• MACUL: Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning

• Michigan Association for Media in Education - MAME Michigan Association for Media in Education (MAME) is an association of library media specialists dedicated to excellence in library / media services in Michigan's schools.

• Michigan's Teaching for Learning Framework Instructional Resources to achieve Effective Teaching for Equitable Outcomes

• NJASL School Libraries Video New Jersey Association of School Libraries video about importance of school libraries. Nicely done!

• Partnership for 21st Century Skills

• Positively Impacting Student Achievement: Studying the Effects of Library Resources in the Classroom PDF icon Gale Cengage study on the effects of digital content on student outcomes when that content is integrated into curriculum.

• Project Enable Syracuse University project to provide high quality, comprehensive, train-the-trainer continuing education...for New York's school librarians to...deliver effective service to students with disabilities.

• Project Tomorrow Project Tomorrow is a national education nonprofit group. The vision of Project Tomorrow is ensure that today's students are well prepared to be tomorrow's innovators, leaders and engaged citizens of the world....Activities include national research projects such as Speak Up.(Survey includes information on school libraries/librarians).

• Resources for School Librarians Topical links by school librarians.

• School Librarian Evaluation Workbook (AASL 21st-Century Approach) The workbook must be purchased, but the site has an archived webinar reviewing the evaluation program.

• School Libraries & Student Achievement Infographic A great infographic by Library Research Services that brings together the data from a range of school library studies.

• School Libraries Count! National Longitudinal Study of School Library Media Programs PDF icon Studies done by the American Association of School Libraries.

• School Libraries in Michigan 2010 PDF icon An August 2010 presentation by Lakeview High School Librarian Margaret Lincoln. Specific concepts include: How did school library media centers emerge and develop historically? What role does the school librarian fulfill today? You can view the recorded version here.

• School Library Impact Studies Mansfield University's School of Library & Information Technologies site that compiles school library research.

• School Library Monthly Blog

• School Library Research Summarized PDF icon A 2013 summary of school library research studies published by the School Library & Information Technologies Department, Mansfield University, Mansfield, PA

• Survive and Thrive! An Advocacy toolkit from the Colorado Association of School Librarians

• TRAILS: Tool for Real-time Assessment for Information Literacy Skills A project from the Kent State University Libraries to assess information literacy skills based on 3rd, 6th, 9th, and 12th grade standards.

• W-A-Y Program W-A-Y Program is a personalized learning experience for students who struggle with traditional high school. . . an alternative approach to education; one that encourages self-esteem, independence, and the development of 21st century skills . . .

• What Does a Teacher Librarian Really Do? Video on YouTube

• WLMA Video - Teacher Librarians at the Heart of Student Learning Washington Library Media Association video that highlights the essential role of teacher librarians in student learning.

• Working with Student Groups PDF icon Ideas for school librarians from the MAME Media Matters November/December 2013 newsletter

• YALSA's Competencies for Librarians Serving Youth Young Adult Library Services Association professional competencies.

• YALSA's National Teen Space Guidelines Young Adult Library Services Association library space usage guidelines


Writing and Reading Programs and Contests
Michigan Reads logoMichigan Reads! What would happen if every parent, grandparent or caregiver read the same book to Michigan preschoolers at the same time? We're on a mission to find out! Michigan Reads! was launched in 2004 by the Library of Michigan in partnership with the Michigan Center for the Book to promote the value and benefits of reading early and often to preschoolers; to encourage family bonding through reading; and to increase awareness and usage of Michigan's libraries.
Michigan Reads! is a program of the Library of Michigan and the Library of Michigan Foundation with generous support from Target.
Letters about literature logoLetters about Literature
READ. BE INSPIRED. WRITE BACK.
The Letters about Literature 2014 results are here! Congratulations to our winners, Sylvia Fisher from St. Johns, Nureen Zahoor from West Bloomfield, and Nancy Huang from Bloomfield Hills. To read their letters and learn more about the program, click More below.

The Michigan Center for the Book participates in the annual Letters about Literature program from the Library of Congress. This national reading-writing contest invites readers in grades 4 through 12 to write letters to authors of books that have changed their lives.



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