Media Services

  • Our Mission

    The Media Services Department will develop, implement, and enhance district-wide resources and media services that enrich teaching, nurture learning, and develop essential life skills for all students.

     We strive for the success of being Future Ready Librarians that are learning-centered and include professional learning, ensure equitable digital access, invest strategically in digital resources, cultivate community partnerships, advocate for student privacy, lead beyond the library, design collaborative spaces, curate digital resources, and tools, empower students as creators and build an instructional partnership as outlined in the FLDOE FINDS Information Literacy Model and the  AASL standards.

    Duval County Public Schools has a school library media program with itinerant or full-time media specialists at the elementary level. Each media center is encouraged to offer flexible access, so students may access the library collection at any time of need, as is the system in our public libraries. Students in K-12 are given access to the public library using their student identification at Jacksonville Public Library working to give greater access to research and learning, digital libraries, kids and teen materials, and services. For questions, please email Michelle DiBias, Supervisor of Instructional Materials and Media Services. 

                           

     

  • Reconsideration of Media Materials

    Parents, stakeholders and community members, you are encouraged to review the list of instructional materials utilized in all of our schools by visiting the searchable list of library media materials.

      • For a searchable list of all materials available in the library/media center at each school site, please view the Destiny Follet Website
      •  Select the "Catalog" tab.
      • The screen will default to "Library Search," located on the left of the screen. 
      • In the "Find" box, type in the title of the book.
      •  Please utilize the Reconsideration Form if you would like to reconsider instructional materials.
  • Procedures for Developing Library Media Center Collections   


    Selection Process:
    All school districts will adopt a process for developing library media collections and selecting
    instructional materials pursuant to HB 1467 and s. 1006.283.
    A trained certified media specialist will select books being made available to students through
    the school library, classroom libraries, and recommended or assigned grade level reading
    lists. The selection of library media collections will be based on reader interest and support of the state
    academic standards and aligned to the curriculum, and the academic needs of students and faculty.
    Media specialists will be trained annually on the procedures and selection process of collections
    and resources.
    a. Developing a balanced media collection: Selection of library media materials
    are further guided by a knowledge of the abilities, needs, interests, motivations,
    cultural patterns, and maturity levels of the students. Materials recommended for
    the purchase will be considered based on overall purpose, and support of state standards.
    alignment and curriculum, timeliness or permanence, the relevance of the subject
    matter, quality of the writing/production, readability and popular appeal, and
    authoritativeness. These procedures will consider the unique needs of the
    individual school programs based on professional knowledge of the curriculum
    and requests from administrators and teachers. Such procedures will also
    consider the needs of the individual student based on professional knowledge of
    children and youth and requests from parents and students.
    b. Collection removal/discontinuance: Professional development will provide
    media specialists the practice of regular removal or discontinuance of books
    based on, at a minimum, physical condition, rate of recent circulation, alignment
    to state academic standards, relevancy to curriculum, out-of-date content, and
    required removal based on reconsiderations.
    c. Providing quality collections: A fair and equitable collection based on
    collection analysis will provide for a continuance of viable resources in the library
    media center. In alignment with the criteria in HB 1467 and 1006.40(3)(d),
    reputable, unbiased, professionally prepared selection aids, journals, and guides
    should be consulted in the selection of library media resource materials. The
    selection committee will be fair and unbiased in the selection of a variety of
    materials and adhere to the requirements in HB 1467 and s.1006.40.
    Initiation of Resource Materials Reconsideration:
    • A parent or legal guardian of a DCPS student or Duval County resident may request a
    reconsideration of the inclusion of a particular material in a school collection.
    • Challenged materials will be removed from circulation until due process procedures have
    been completed.
    • No challenged material may be removed from the FLDOE-approved adopted curriculum or
    from a collection of aligned resource materials except by action of the School Board. Any
    School Board action to remove materials will be accompanied by the Board's statement of
    its reasons for the removal.
    • In a case where more than one item is being challenged, each material will receive its
    own separate review process to ensure that each material receives careful
    consideration.
    • The district’s Academic Services division will keep a current list of all challenged
    materials and the final resolution. This listing will be published on the Media Center
    Procedure Webpage and will be reported to the Florida Department of Education annually.
    School Administration
    • A parent/legal guardian who has an objection to the use of a specific resource material
    accessed in the classroom and/or the school library media center should request, in
    writing, a conference with the principal or principal's designee to discuss the use of the
    material.  In the event this is an aligned novel study text, an alternate text can be offered
    to the student.
    • The principal or designee will schedule a conference with the parent or legal guardian.
    • If the issue is not resolved at the conference, the principal or designee shall provide an
    explanation of the reconsideration process and will direct the parent or legal guardian to
    the Media Center Reconsideration Form.
    District Material Review Committee Process
    • Upon receipt of a Request for Reconsideration of Materials Form, the Superintendent’s
    designee will schedule a review of the request to be added to the regular agenda review
    committee meetings.
    • Once a form has been submitted, challenging a library media material, written
    communication will be sent to schools to temporarily pull the material from the open
    circulation pending the final reconsideration outcome.
    • The District Material Review Committee will consist of but is not limited to, at least 3
    members of the following with the inclusion of a certified media specialist.
    o Supervisor of Instructional Materials and Media Services, or designee
    o A parent/legal guardian
    o An appropriate grade level and/ or subject area teacher
    o Director of the appropriate content area, or designee
    o A member of the district’s
    o A student representative
    o ELA director, or designee
    • In preparation for its review, each member of the District Material Review Committee will
    receive a copy of the completed Request for Reconsideration of Materials Form, and any
    other relevant information about the challenged material that the District Material Review
    Committee will need to conduct a non-biased review.
    • A minimum of 3 members must be present at the meeting in order for the District
    Material Review Committee to reach a decision of each request.
    • In reviewing the challenged material, the District Material Review Committee will:
    1. Review the challenged material (i.e., poem, individual book, a section of
    textbook, video, etc.).
    2. Determine the extent to which the challenged material supports the
    curriculum.
    3. Weigh merits against alleged faults in forming opinions based on the
    challenged material as a whole and not on passages isolated from the
    context.
    4. Consider the maturational age for which material was intended.
    • After careful consideration and deliberation, the District Material Review Committee will
    issue a recommendation:
    o Either that the challenged instructional material does not meet the criteria for
    inclusion in the school’s materials collection and/or contains prohibited
    content pursuant to HB 1467and s. 847.012 regarding the appropriateness of
    materials. If this is the case, the Committee will recommend to the Chief of
    Academic Services that the district shall discontinue use of the material for
    any grade level or age group for which such use is inappropriate or
    unsuitable.
    o That parent's permission is required for checkout.
    o That the material is relocated to an appropriate grade span.
    o That the challenged instructional material does meet the criteria for inclusion
    in the school’s materials consideration under pursuant HB 1467 regarding the
    appropriateness of materials.
    • The committee will present the Chief of Academic Services with a written explanation of
    the finding.
    • The district will submit a listing of books that have been removed to Florida
    Department of Education annually.
    Review of Reconsiderations
    If the challenged library resource is retained, the district will not convene a reconsideration.
    committee relative to the same complaint for a period of 5 years.
    A decision to sustain a challenge shall not be interpreted as a judgment of irresponsibility on the
    part of the professionals involved in the original selection or use of the material.
    Assurances
    The Superintendent or designee will develop criteria for the selection of resource materials that
    provide for the effective consultation of teaching staff members at all appropriate levels; ensure
    that the Board's budgetary allotment for resource materials is efficiently spent and wisely
    distributed throughout the instructional program and the district, and ensure an inventory of
    resource materials that are well balanced and well-rounded in coverage of the subject, types of
    materials, and a variety of content. The Superintendent or designee will evaluate the continuing
    effectiveness and utility of resource materials and recommend to the Board the removal of those
    materials that no longer meet the standards set forth. 

  • Past Reconsiderations 

    The searchable list of past reconsiderations is available for review. 

Year Title First Name Last Name Recommendation Level Reason for Reconsideration
1998-99 101 Ways To Bug Your Parents Lee Wardlaw Open Shelf Elementary School Rude, Disrespectful
2007-08 Acorn People, The Ron Jones Parental Permission Elementary Inappropriate for elementary schools
2005-06 Addie's Dakota Winter Laurie Lawlor Open Checkout Elementary, Middle & High School Offensive Language
2008-09 Adventures of Super Duper Diaper Baby George Beard Harold Hutchins Open Checkout Inappropriate content, Spelling errors
2002-03 AIDS Crisis, The: A Documentary History Douglas Feldman Parental Permission - Middle School Open Shelf - High School Inappr. Middle
1988-89 Alas, Babylon Pat Frank Unrestricted Remain Honors II English Profanity
1999-00 Alice The Brave Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Reserve - Middle School Open Shelf - High School Sexual Content; Inapp. Mdl
2003-04 America E.R. Frank Parental Permission - Middle School Open Shelf - High School Inappr. Language, Sexual Content
1992-93 American Indian Myths & Legends Pantheon Unrestricted High School Sexual References
1991-92 Anastasia Krumpnik Lois Lowry Unrestricted Middle School Inapp. Elem
1996-97 Angels in America Tony Kushner Remove High School Adult; Inapp. High
2000-01 Animorphs, The Proposal K.A. Applegate Open Shelf Elementary Violence
1992-93 Arbor House Book of Cartooning Mort Gerberg Parental Permission High School Pictures
1983-84 Are You There God? Judy Blume Unrestricted Middle School Religious, Sex
2003-04 Are you There God? It's Me, Margaret. Judy Blume Open Shelf Introduction to Pornography
1998-99 Arizona Kid, The Ron Koertge Parental Permission - Middle School Open Shelf - High School Inappropriate Sexual Content
2003-04 Art: 21, Art in the Twenty-First Century PBS Home Video Parental Permission Ninth & Tenth Grades Pornographic Photography
1984-85 As I Lay Dying William Faulkner Parental Permission Middle & High School Profanity/Racial Slur
2006-07 As I Lay Dying William Faulkner Parental Permission - Middle Open Checkout - High School Prntl Prm M/HS (1984-85)
1992-93 Autobiography of Malcolm-X Alex Haley Parental Permission Middle School Inapp. Behavior
1983-84 Badge of Madness James Wilwerth Unrestricted High School Profanity/Sexual Content
1986-87 Bang! Bang! You're Dead Louise Fitzhugh/S.Scop Parental Permission Elementary Violence
2000-01 Bedford Intro to Drama/cnt play:Angels in America Lee A. Jacobus Play Remain Removed Txtbk avlbl w/ParentNotific - High School Sexual Interaction/Excessive Profanity
2006-07 Beyond the Chocolate War Robert Cormier Open Checkout Middle & High School Strong Sexual Content, Disrespect
1996-97 Black Boy Richard Wright Unrestricted Middle & High School Racial, Profanity