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Library Media Centers

Greetings, library friends!

First semester has certainly moved quickly. I have enjoyed the opportunity to work with hundreds of forward-thinking librarians since August (many of you during October at the Exemplary Library Program workshops throughout Missouri) who are excited about improving their programs. I appreciate the generosity many of you have shown in supporting librarians outside of your district who have questions or need help with their libraries.

The first year for DESE to recognize exemplary library programs is the 2020-2021 school year. Thank you to the 30+ librarians who are “test driving” the recognition application to help DESE make improvements in the process before applications go live in August 2020. The help DESE has received from librarians during all phases of implementing SB 743 has been priceless: thank you!

As always, please email or call me with any questions, ideas, or concerns you have. Best wishes for the rest of the school year!

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


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
Unbound Book Festival Speakers and Events in Columbia, Missouri, April 23-25, 2020
International Society for Technology in Education  Conference in Anaheim, California, June 28-July 1, 2020
International Literacy Association  Conference in Columbus, Ohio, October 15-18, 2020 

DESE Program Recognition