Library Media Services
Leveraging Libraries to Improve Student Achievement (LLISA)
About Library Media Services:
The Department of Innovative Learning, Library Media Services (LMS), launched the “Leveraging Libraries to Improve Student Achievement (LLISA)” initiative. Moving forward, LMS will continue to provide ongoing leadership, advocacy, and support for building quality library media programs that:
- Create a resource/digital-rich teaching and learning environment that is inviting, safe, flexible, and conducive to learning, and supports multiple literacies
- Cultivate a collaborative culture of inquiry and literary analysis/appreciation
- Integrate information, communication, and technology across curriculum
- Encourage independent, ethical exploration, creative production, and communication of information and ideas, and
- Guide schools to ensure collections are current, accurate, and reflective of the communities they serve.
With the transition from the Florida Standards in ELA and Math to B.E.S.T. Standards that embed research literacy skills into every curriculum content area, school libraries and library media specialists play key roles in the development of inquiry, literacy, and lifelong learning skills students will need to become college, career, and "life” ready. As librarian teacher leaders, they, too, are the “digital content brokers” weaving, modeling, and supporting the effective integration of technology throughout the teaching/learning process.
A thriving school library program equates to increased student engagement, personalized learning opportunities, and access to the variety of digital resources available within and beyond their schools. Our partnership with the Broward County Public Library and Nova Southeastern Library further expands access to additional digital resources, online databases, homework assistance, and literacy events throughout the year.
Students continue to have access to the many E-books using Axis360, as part of the Broward County Public School’s partnership with Broward County Library. For students to have access to the AXI 360 eBooks, they need to opt-in to the Digital Direct Card download through the Student Code of Conduct at the beginning of the school year. The E-books can be read on a computer or any device using the Axis360 app. Now students have access to current books anytime, anywhere. Broward students are readers and readers are leaders!
Reading Across Broward (RAB)/Beanstack
Reading Across Broward is the Superintendent's long-standing Reading Motivation Program. This program encourages independent leisure reading for all K-12 students. Beanstack App is a digital application that replaced the pen and paper version that was previously used to track independent reading. Beanstack has increased the power of reading in Broward Schools through its ease of access and badging system.
Students who participate in RAB earn certificates for the number of minutes read from April 1st to March 31st. Additionally, students who record their reading progress in Beanstack earn badges for minute-milestones read.
Media Specialists or Beanstack administrators can also set up challenges for reading competitions. Students now have access to read any time they choose. Students should contact their media specialist or school Beanstack Administrator for more information.
Other Reading Initiatives:
The Florida Association for Media in Education (FAME) is the state organization for Media Specialists. The FAME Committees create lists of the best books selected by a committee of media specialists from across the state and voted online by Florida students. The winning author is celebrated at the annual FAME state conference. The lists are the Sunshine State Young Reader Awards for elementary and middle. The high school list is the Florida Teens Read. The Florida Reading Association also provides an annual list for elementary. Find out more from your school's media specialist.
Digital Direct Card
Broward students now have options to access ebooks and audiobooks for any time anywhere reading. Through the Library Media partnership with the Broward County Library, books are available from Axis360. Ebooks are also available in Destiny if the school has purchased ebooks. eBooks and audiobooks are also available using the Axis360 app. See flyer below. Students can find out more from their school's library media specialist.
Selection and Maintenance of School Library Media Collections
The School Board of Broward County has adopted procedures for developing library media center collections. Below are the guidelines used.
SELECTION OF MATERIALS
Criteria for Selection of Print and Non-Print Materials
- Materials are selected to support the mission of the school: (Identify school mission)
- Materials are selected to enrich and support the curriculum and the educational, emotional, and recreational needs of the users.
- Materials shall be appropriate for the age, emotional development, ability levels, learning styles, and social development of students.
In keeping with the Library Bill of Rights, materials will be considered based on the following:
- Needs of the curriculum, learning/teaching styles of students, faculty and staff
- Possible use of material (including small or large group instruction, in-depth study)
- Level of physical, artistic, and literary quality
- Treatment of subject and lack of cultural bias
- Accuracy and currency of information
- Scope of coverage
- Support of inquiry and critical thinking skills
- Relationship of the material to the overall collection
- Cost, packaging, and documentation
MAINTENACE OF COLLECTION
Removing materials from a library collection that are no longer educationally appropriate is an equally important process as selecting new items of high quality. The library media specialist and/or instructional staff have an ongoing process to evaluate the library media collection and to keep the collection relevant to the changing needs of the curriculum, personal interests, and needs of students. Evaluation of items under consideration for removal from the Library Media Center should be based on criteria related to the educational value of the resources.
Criteria For Removing Items from the Library Collection
- Condition: Materials in poor condition due to damage, wear and tear, missing pages or heavily marked pages are prime candidates for replacement.
- Content: Materials may be in good physical condition but contain inaccurate or outdated information.
- Use: Materials that have not circulated for several years and are not needed for reference purposes should be considered for removal.
- Educational Value: Materials that are at inappropriate reading or interest levels for students and materials no longer aligned in the curriculum. The Department of Innovative Learning recommends that the following items should not be weeded or discarded:
- Literary classics, unless more attractive formats are available
- Local and state history, unless collected by another agency
- Major publications of the school, unless another department is responsible for the archive.
Guidelines for Challenged Materials
The School Board of Broward County's Policy 6308 details the process for parents, as defined by Florida Statutes, of a student enrolled in a Broward public school, or any adult student who objects to the use of specific instructional or material(s) being used in a school curriculum or media center to complete a protest on the instructional and/or digital materials. See Policy 6308 and Guidelines for Challenged Materials outlining the process.
The District has also developed policies and procedures for selecting materials for our school media centers (Policy 6317). We recognize that not everyone will agree with every selection made. School media collections are developed to appeal to a wide range of diverse ages, interests, and tastes. Our library users have many different opinions and beliefs, and building collections to serve everyone without including some material that some people may find inappropriate is not possible. The District supports the right of all users to decide what material is appropriate for themselves and their families.
To submit a formal request for reconsideration, please contact your child's school.
Library Media Services
Curriculum Supervisor Library Media
Instructional Facilitator Library Media
Staff Developer Library Media
Destiny & MARC Records Manager