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Oakridge Library Gets Award

The Library of Michigan today awarded the Oakridge High School Library a certificate of completion for meeting the Exemplary status of the Measurement Benchmarks for Michigan School Libraries for 21st Century Schools (SL21).  To earn this recognition, the Oakridge High School Library demonstrated its competence in three categories for school library program evaluation:  Teaching for 21st Century Learning, Building the 21st Century Learning Environment, and Leading the Way to 21st Century Learning.

“We are proud that the OHS Library has done such good work in providing services deemed ‘exemplary’ by the Library of Michigan,” said Tom Livezey, District Superintendent.  “By focusing efforts on these key areas, our library has shown a strong commitment to information literacy and student achievement.”

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Based on the benchmarking concept of the QSAC (Quality Services Audit Checklist) used by the Library of Michigan for public libraries, SL21 is a voluntary management standards program that assists K-12 libraries by setting benchmarks in the areas of instruction, student achievement, technology, facility, staffing, budget, instructional materials, curriculum development, school improvement, community engagement, advocacy and additional applicable areas of instruction and engagement in the educational community.

“SL21 represents the collaborative work of several dedicated task force members, including school librarians from across the state, library educators, Michigan Association for Media in Education, and the Library of Michigan,” said State Librarian Nancy Robertson.  “The staff of Oakridge Public Schools is to be commended for achieving this vital endorsement for its school and its library program.”

SL21 benchmarks are updated on a three year schedule so certified libraries remain at the forefront of excellent service to their students and teachers.  For more information about SL21, visit http://www.michigan.gov/SL21.

Congratulations, Ms. Trowbridge and your team!

Library Award

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