School libraries in the 21st century

  • Strive for Excellence - School Libraries 21st Century
    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 evaluate their building's library program in conjunction with their School Librarian. Submissions require the signature of the District Superintendent. Status earned is 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 or 517-241-0021 with any questions on the SL 21 program.
  • SL 21 Measurement Benchmarks for Michigan School Libraries PDF icon
  • SL 21 Measurement Benchmarks for Michigan School Libraries DOC icon

Model SL 21

  • 2017/2018 Model SL 21 School Library - East Middle School Library

    The Library of Michigan is pleased to recognize East Middle School in the Plymouth-Community Schools district as the 2017/2018 Model 21st Century School Library! Kathy Lester is the School Library Media Specialist with Principal Scott Burek. Kathy and her library program were selected because of her collaborative teaching efforts, creative use of technology from one to one program support to a range of Maker groups, and substantive professional outreach at the community and state level.

    East Middle School Library staff are available for consultation and visits for the 2017/2018 school year. Those interested in learning about their programs, curriculum and outreach may contact Kathy Lester at or Karren Reish at

  • Promoting Quality School Library Programs

    The Model 21st Century School Library (Model SL 21) provides examples and mentors for K-12 school libraries throughout the state. Libraries interested in serving as models for the school library community are welcome to nominate themselves at the survey below. Each year, a school library program is selected and highlighted as the Model SL 21 School Library Program of the Year. The expectations for the selected school library is that the staff will meet with other school library staff during their term as the Model library to help promote and encourage quality K-12 school library programs across the state.

    Nominations are accepted in the spring, the Model Library for the coming school year is announced in May and serves as a mentor throughout the next year to library staff and schools around the state. The nomination survey for the 2018/2019 year will be open in Spring 2018.

  • Model SL 21 School Library Program Nomination Survey 2018/2019 - Open Now!
  • Model SL 21 School Library Programs Criteria, Schedule, Expectations and Recommendations PDF icon