• SL 21 logoStrive 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 reishk@michigan.gov or 517-241-0021 with any questions on the SL 21 program.
  • SL 21 Measurement Benchmarks for Michigan School Libraries PDF icon

    PDF sample of the measures. Application is made online.


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Model SL 21

  • 2020/2021 Model SL 21 School Library - Everett High School Library Media Center

    The Library of Michigan is pleased to recognize Everett High School Library Media Center in the Lansing Public Schools as the 2020/2021 Model 21st Century School Library! Joy Currie is the School Librarian for Everett High School with Principal Jaime Gundrum. The library won the Model SL 21 honor for Ms. Currie’s focus on bringing life experiences to Lansing students as well as academic support. Joy has reached out to a variety of community groups to help students achieve in their academic and personal lives, creating an outstanding program in the process.

    Everett High School Library Media Center staff are available for consultation with other school librarians and educators who want to learn more about the successful program. Interested persons may contact Joy Currie at joy.currie@lansingschools.net or Karren Reish at reishk@michigan.gov.

  • Model School Libraries - 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. Consider nominating your school library!

  • Model SL 21 School Library Program Nomination Form for 2021/2022 - Deadline April 26th!
  • Model SL 21 School Library Programs Criteria, Schedule, Expectations and Recommendations PDF icon

    Updated 03/18/2021.