Media Services

  • Our Mission

    The Instructional Resources and 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 full 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 teens materials, and services. For questions please email Michelle DiBias, Supervisor of Instructional Materials and Media Services.

     

    For a list of suggested titles, please visit the Florida Department of Education website.

     

    Check out the 2021-2022 Young Reader list:

     

Reconsideration of Media Materials

  • For a list of all materials available in the library/media center at a school site, please view the following: Destiny Follet

     

     Request for reconsideration of Library Books

             Request for reevaluation of library books may be requested using the reconsideration form for Media Services.

    • Instructional materials/ novels are selected by the school district to implement, enrich, and support the educational program for the student.
    • Materials must serve both the breadth of the curriculum and the needs and interests of individual students.
    • The district is obligated to provide for a wide range of abilities and to respect the diversity of many differing points of view. Principles must be placed above personal opinion and reason above prejudice in the selection of materials of the highest quality and appropriateness.
    • Book approvals are done at the school level.
    • Parents may request, in writing, an alternative book/selection if they deem the material chosen for study is not appropriate for their own child.

     

    Please note the following Florida statute that pertains to input regarding instructional materials:

    • F.S. 1006.28 (2)(a)(2)(a,b) Each district school board must adopt a policy regarding an objection by a parent or a resident of the county to the use of a specific instructional material, which clearly describes a process to handle all objections and provides for resolution. The process must provide the parent or resident the opportunity to proffer evidence to the district school board that:

      1. An instructional material does not meet the criteria of s. 1006.31(2) or s. 1006.40(3)(d) if it was selected for use in a course or otherwise made available to students in the school district but was not subject to the public notice, review, comment, and hearing procedures under s. 1006.283(2)(b)8., 9., and 11. b. Any material used in a classroom, made available in a school library, or included on a reading list contains content that is pornographic or prohibited under s. 847.012, is not suited to student needs and their ability to comprehend the material presented, or is inappropriate for the grade level and age group for which the material is used. If the district school board finds that an instructional material does not meet the criteria under sub-subparagraph a. or that any other material contains prohibited content under sub-subparagraph b., the school district shall discontinue use of the material for any grade level or age group for which such use is inappropriate or unsuitable. Please utilize the Reconsideration Form if you would like to object to any instructional material.

     

    Parents, stakeholders and community members, you are encouraged to review the list of instructional materials utilized in all of our schools by visiting Blended Learning accessible to students of Duval County Public Schools.  If you have questions or would like to review available print or digital resources, please call the Instructional Resources office at (904) 858-3673.