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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 SL 21 program also includes a Model School Library of the Year, which serves a mentor for the year. The Michigan eLibrary (MeL) 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.

News

  • The Library of Michigan is pleased to announce that West Maple Elementary School Library, in the Birmingham School District, is the 2021/2022 Model 21st Century School Library!  The West Maple Elementary School Library with school librarian, Carrie Betts, is a place where students and the community have opportunities to learn beyond their daily experiences. The library won the SL 21 honor for its focus on bringing diverse life experiences to the school community as well as outstanding academic support. During the uncertain times of this last year, Carrie has brought a virtual read aloud and discussion program, using titles from the MISelf in Books.

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

School Library Workgroup

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.

School Library Workgroup

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.

K-12 School Library/Media Center Community Updates

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

School Libraries in the 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. 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