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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 for 21st Century Schools

SL 21 Measurement Benchmarks for Michigan School Libraries PDF Sample. Application is made online.


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Model SL 21

2023/2024 Model SL 21 School Library - Allen Park High School Media Center

The Library of Michigan is pleased to announce that the Allen Park High School Library Media Center, part of the Allen Park Public Schools, is the 2023/2024 Model 21st Century School Library! The Allen Park High School Library Media Center, with library media specialist Melissa Lambert, is a place where Melissa’s collaborative teaching with teaching staff and partnership with the local public library has created an engaging, active learning environment for Allen Park High School students and teachers.

Allen Park High School Library Media Center staff are available to consult with school district leaders, school librarians, and educators who want to develop or expand their vision for their school library programs. Interested persons may contact Melissa Lambert at or Karren Reish at

Press Release - Allen Park High School Library Media Center named the 2023-2024 21st Century Model School Library

 Model SL 21 School Library Programs Criteria, Schedule, Expectations and Recommendations 

Previous Model SL 21 School Libraries

  • 2016/2017 - Carpenter Elementary Media Center with Jeannine Crissman, Technology and Library Specialist, in the Lake Orion Community Schools
  • 2017/2018 - East Middle School Library with Katherine Lester, School Library Media Specialist, in the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools
  • 2018/2019 - Lakeview High School Library with Margaret Lincoln, District Librarian, in the Lakeview School District
  • 2019/2020 - Owen Intermediate Library Media Center with Jonathan Richards, Media Specialist, in the Van Buren Public Schools
  • 2020/2021 - Everett High School Library with Joy Currie, Librarian in the Lansing Public Schools
  • 2021/2022 - West Maple Elementary School Library with Carrie Betts, School Librarian in the Birmingham School District
  • 2022/2023 - Troy High School Media Center with Toni Isaac, School Librarian, in the Troy School District

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 or another school library 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!