Library Media Services
Leveraging Libraries to Improve Student Achievement (LLISA)
The Department of Innovative Learning, Library Media Services (LMS), has launched the “Leveraging Libraries to Improve Students Achievement, LLISA” initiative during the 2021-2022 school year. Key to this initiative, LMS will provide ongoing leadership and support for 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, and
Encourage the independent, ethical exploration, creative production, and communication of information and ideas.
With the transition from the Florida Standards in ELA and Math to Benchmarks for Excellent Student Thinking (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.
Interactive Classroom Project
Interactive Classrooms Project
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.