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Library Media Centers

Hello, librarians and library friends! I hope you are finding time this summer to rest and re-energize. The past few months have been extremely busy for all of us, and we at DESE want you to know how much we appreciate the time, talent, energy and love you put into helping teachers, students, and families during the spring school closures.

The application for the DESE Recognition of Exemplary School Library Programs is now available upon request. Librarians interested in participating should send a request to library@dese.mo.gov that includes the name of their school, the name of their district, grades served by their library and their work email address. Completed applications are due March 5, 2021.

Following Governor Mike Parson’s signing of Senate Bill 743 in 2018, which required DESE to establish a process for recognizing library programs, a team of librarians from across Missouri spent the 2018-19 school year working with DESE to implement the legislation by creating a scoring guide and evaluation plan. During the 2019-20 school year, DESE provided workshops through Regional Professional Development Centers, school districts, and the Missouri Association of School Librarians to (1) provide guidance to librarians regarding the scoring guide and (2) help those interested in improving their programs meet the indicators on the scoring guide. School libraries are not required to be evaluated by DESE; this is an optional opportunity for libraries wishing to develop exemplary programs to better serve their students, teachers, parents and communities. Recognition is at the school, not district, level.

The scoring guide and a resource document are available at the bottom of the DESE library recognition page. Please email questions to library@dese.mo.gov.

As always, please feel free to contact me with questions and ideas. I love talking library!

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 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.
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


Missouri Association of School Librarians  Spring Conference in Osage Beach, Missouri, rescheduled for August 9-11, 2020
International Literacy Association  October 2020 conference in Columbus, Ohio, has been cancelled.
International Society for Technology in Education  Conference in Anaheim, California, rescheduled for November 28-December 1, 2020
Unbound Book Festival The 2020 event has been cancelled; the festival committee is working on plans for next year’s event in Columbia, Missouri, scheduled for April 22-25, 2021