Library Media Centers


2022-2023 Exemplary School Library Program

Participation in this recognition program is optional for school libraries, and DESE will use the 2022-23 school year to provide opportunities for professional development for librarians who wish to participate in this program either to apply for the award or to improve the services they provide through their libraries. Because of the breadth and depth of services provided by a strong school library program, the committee of librarians developed a rigorous scoring guide. It contains 21 indicators, each divided into Exemplary (2 points) and Approaching (1 point).

In order to receive the DESE recognition, a school library program must score 38 out of 42 possible points without receiving a score of 0 on any indicator. The scoring guide explains the required documentation/evidence needed for each indicator. DESE is excited about this opportunity to help Missouri school library programs improve and to recognize those programs that provide outstanding services in their districts.

Here are this year’s (2022-2023) recipients:

Library Media Centers - Communications

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These resources contain material that is relevant to the work of Missouri’s library media specialists.

Resources Description
Librarian Standards Delineation of performance expectations for professional 21st century school librarians in Missouri.
Librarian Standards Continuum Detailed descriptors for the Missouri Standards for School Librarians at the levels of Candidate, New, Developing, Proficient, and Distinguished.
ESSA and School Libraries Overview of AASL’s work with ESSA.
Libraries Transform: Year One Report Report covers notable accomplishments of ALA’s Libraries Transform project from October 2015-August 2016, including MASL’s billboard campaign.

Show Me Connection: How School Library Media Center Services Affect Student Achievement

Study commissioned by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and Missouri State Library.

ELA Expectations Relevant to Library Media Specialists Guide to specific expectations in the newly adopted ELA Missouri Learning Standards that pertain to finding literacy-building resources for teachers, conducting research, and integrating technology.

ELA Priority Standards

ELA K-12 priority standards adopted in 2021 as big ideas crucial to mastery of the Missouri Learning Standards.

MLS Expectations ELA K-5 PDF

MLS Expectations ELA K-5 Word

MLS Expectations ELA 6-12 PDF

MLS Expectations ELA 6-12 Word

MLS Expectations ELA 6-12 Excel

ELA expectations adopted by the Missouri State Board of Education in April 2016; state testing over these new expectations begins during the 2017-18 school year.
Vertical Progressions ELA 6-12 Chart of each new ELA MLS expectation by grade level.
MLS Expectations Terminology ELA 6-12 Explanations and examples for selected terms in the ELA 6-12 MLS Expectations. The PDF version of the ELA 6-12 MLS Expectations contains hyperlinks from the terms to this document.
Text Complexity Rubric-Literary Tools to assist educators in determining qualitative and quantitative complexity of literary and informational texts.
Text Complexity Rubric-Informational
Text Analysis Form
Professional Development

Missouri Association of School Librarians

Spring conference
April 16-18, 2023

AASL at American Library Association

Annual conference
October 19-21, 2023
Tampa Bay, FL

International Society for Technology in Education

National convention
June 25-28, 2023
Philadelphia, PA

DESE Literacy Summit Conference for Missouri educators
July 12-13, 2023
Stoney Creek Inn
Columbia, MO
DESE ESLP Information And Application