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Library Media Centers

Welcome, Missouri school library media specialists, to the collaborative efforts of school librarians and DESE ELA staff to update and maintain the Library Media Center web presence on DESE’s website. The purpose of this page is to provide you with the information and resources you need to help you build effective library programs in your schools. Scroll down this page to see a table that has been created with links to archived material from the old web page and to new resources.

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  

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.


Library Media Center Archives

These resources appeared on the DESE Library Media Center page prior to the page update in December 2016.

Link Description

Items available through this link:

  • Library Expenditures (Materials and Supplies) Total and Per Pupil (2007, 2008)
  • Ratio of LMS to Student Enrollment (no date available)
  • Standards and Indicators (2008)
  • Show Me Connection: How School Library Media Center Services Affect Student Achievement (2002-2003)
  • Show Me Connection: How School Library Media Center Services Affect Student Achievement Statistical Report (2002-2003)
  • Show Me Connection: How School Library Media Center Services Affect Student Achievement PowerPoint (2002-2003)
  • Show Me Connection: How School Library Media Center Services Affect Student Achievement Additional Study PowerPoint (2004)
  • Library Funding by Districts (2007-2012)
  • Core Data Screen 7 Information (2012)
  • Survey of Library Media Center Services (2011)

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 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.
MLS Expectations ELA K-5 Word
MLS Expectations ELA 6-12 PDF
MLS Expectations ELA 6-12 Word
MLS Expectations ELA K-12 Excel
Crosswalks ELA K-5 Alignments between the new ELA MLS Expectations and the standards that were used through the 2016-17 school year.
Crosswalks ELA 6-12
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.
Gap Analysis Template K-5 Tools to assist educators in implementing changes from the old standards to the new MLS Expectations; guides educators in planning implementation of the new MLS Expectations.
Gap Analysis Template 6-12
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
Midwest Education Technology Community Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, February 12-14, 2018
Missouri Association of School Librarians Spring Conference Conference in Osage Beach, Missouri, April 15-17, 2018
Unbound Book Festival Authors and literacy events for all ages in Columbia, Missouri, April 19-21, 2018
International Society for Technology in Education Conference in Chicago, Illinois, June 24-27, 2018
International Literacy Association Conference in Austin, Texas, July 21-23, 2018