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Library Media Centers

Greetings, library friends! Another school year is on the horizon, and we have some exciting things going on at DESE pertaining to school library programs. Here are the highlights:

  • A committee of school librarians from throughout Missouri met several times during the 2018-19 school year to begin implementation of Senate Bill 743’s requirement that DESE recognize exemplary library programs. The first year of this recognition (participation in this evaluation and recognition is optional) will be during the 2020-21 school year.
  • The scoring guide developed through a partnership between the school librarian SB 743 implementation committee and DESE has been released. You can find it by going to the “DESE Program Recognition” tab below.
  • Ten of Missouri’s Regional Professional Development Centers are hosting PD sessions in October to familiarize school librarians with the recognition scoring guide. These workshops will give school librarians an opportunity to self-evaluate their programs and plan for improvement, whether they wish to apply for recognition during the following school year or use the information to provide better instruction and support in their schools. You can find the schedule and registration contact information by going to the “DESE Program Recognition” tab below.

Best wishes for the coming school year! Please feel free to contact us: ELA Director Debbie Jameson (30 years of elementary experience as a classroom teacher and Reading Recovery teacher) and ELA Assistant Director Lisa Scroggs (31 years of secondary experience as an English/journalism teacher and library media specialist). We want to hear your thoughts and ideas so that we can better serve you

Debbie Jameson
Director of English Language Arts

Lisa Scroggs
Assistant Director of English Language Arts

Library Media Centers - Communications

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Library Media Center Resources

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.
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.
MLS Expectations ELA:

K-5: PDF | Word

6-12: PDF | Word | 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.
Crosswalks ELA: K-5 | 6-12 Alignments between the new ELA MLS Expectations and the standards that were used through the 2016-17 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, Conferences, and Competitions


DESE Recognition of Exemplary Library Programs Workshops at RPDCs Throughout October, 2019; contact lisa.scroggs@dese.mo.gov for information
Missouri Association of School Librarians Fall PD Day in Raytown, Missouri, October 5, 2019
International Literacy Association Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, October 10-13, 2019
American Association of School Librarians National Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, November 14-16, 2019
Midwest Education Technology Community Conference in St. Charles, Missouri, February 10-12, 2020
Missouri Association of School Librarians Spring Conference in Osage Beach, Missouri, April 19-21, 2020
International Society for Technology in Education Conference in Anaheim, California, June 28-July 1, 2020