School Libraries

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  • Library of Michigan and School Libraries

    The Library of Michigan provides support for school libraries and school library staff through programs and resources. The flagship program is the School Libraries 21st Century (SL 21) program, which are benchmarks for a quality school library program. Libraries can earn certification in this voluntary program to demonstrate the quality of the school library in an individual school building. The Michigan eLibrary (MeL) also provides eResources for PreK-12 students and teachers, as well as materials for library users across the state. School Librarians can use the Ask Your School Librarian about MeL handout with teachers and administrators.


    • The Model School Library of the Year for 2019-2020 is the Owen Intermediate Library Media Center! Jonathan Richards is the Media Specialist for the Owen Intermediate School in the Van Buren Public Schools in Belleville and has done outstanding work in integrating primary sources into curriculum with teaching colleagues.

      2019/2020 Model School Library press release
    • The SL 21 program includes a Model School Library of the Year, which serves a mentor for the year. See the SL 21 section below for more information!

    Please contact Karren Reish at 517-241-0021 or with any questions on the Library of Michigan and school libraries.

  • School Library Workgroup PDF icon

    The School Library Workgroup (SLG) is a group of school librarians and school library related professionals that advise the Library of Michigan on school library issues. School Library Workgroup Charge.

  • 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 school librarians, teachers and K-12 students, please join the School Library Community listserv.

SL 21

  • SL 21

    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. The benchmarks can be used to assess and evaluate school libraries in individual school buildings to develop and improve school library services.

    School Libraries in the 21st Century

General Information

  • General Information and Certification

    Information on school libraries and academic achievement as well as certification of school library media specialists, appropriate assignments and other education administrative rules.

    General Information and Certification

Additional Information

  • Additional Information

    Further state and national resources on a range of school library issues including programming, literacy initiatives, evaluation and student achievement.

    Additional Information