Library Media Centers


Congratulations to the 2024 Exemplary School Library Program Recognition Recipients

  • Eureka High School (Rockwood School District)
  • Francis Howell Central High School (Francis Howell School District)
  • Glendale High School (Springfield Public Schools)
  • Lee's Summit North High School (Lee's Summit R-7 Schools)
  • Liberty High School (Liberty Public Schools)
  • Long Elementary School (Lindbergh Schools)
  • Lucy Wortham James Elementary School (St. James R-1 School District)
  • Rockwood Summit High School (Rockwood School District)
  • Walden Middle School (Park Hill School District)

Opportunities to Learn

School librarians from across Missouri attended the Missouri Association of School Librarians Fall PD Day October 7 at Clayton High School (see photos below, courtesy of MASL). Breakout sessions covered topics such as classroom instruction, media literacy, program standards, and current technologies. For more information on upcoming professional development opportunities, please click on the “Professional Development” green bar below.

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Library Media Centers - Communications

We will be using your Core Data - Screen 3 Library Media contact email for all Library Media Center communication.  Please ensure this information is accurate.


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 14-16, 2024

Tan-Tar-A Conference Center, Osage Beach, Missouri

Missouri Writing Project

Summer Institute

May 28-June 27, 2024

University of Missouri Campus, Columbia, Missouri

International Society for Technology in Education

Annual Conference

June 23-26, 2024

Denver, Colorado

Exemplary School Library Program

To receive an application and instructions, please email Lisa Scroggs, School Libraries Consultant to DESE, at

LMS Certification

Library Media Specialist (LMS) certification can be added to an existing Missouri teaching certificate in two ways: 

  1. Take all of the LMS required courses found on page 38, column 2 at this link. LMS courses are available through Lindenwood University, Missouri Baptist University, University of Central Missouri, Missouri State University, and University of Missouri-Columbia.
  2. Take and pass Pearson's #042 Library Media Specialist Content Assessment no later than June 23; beginning July 1, ETS's School Librarian 5312 will be the required test. In addition to passing one of these tests, certification requires successful completion of the following courses:

  • Foundations of Librarianship
  • Library Media Administration
  • Developing and Managing Collections
  • Organizing Information

When either of these routes has been completed, you may submit the application to add LMS to an existing certificate.

 Provisional certification can be granted if you are within 12 credits of completion of the full certification route or if you have passed the #042 Library Media Specialist Content Assessment but need to take the four required courses listed above.

 LMS certification is for grades K-12, allowing you to work as an elementary, middle, or high school librarian.

The full list of requirements (7) can be found on page 38, column 2 at this link.

The add-by-test piece for LMS can be found in the same document (10A and 10 C) on page 27.

For more information specific to the certification process, please contact DESE Certification at or 573-751-0051. For questions specific to library content, please contact Lisa Scroggs, School Libraries Consultant, at