Library Media Services


Mission

The mission of the Office of Library Media Services is to support district library media supervisors and other stakeholders; ensuring that school librarians create and maintain quality library programs that foster the love of reading and the effective use of ideas and information by both students and faculty. This mission is accomplished by building programs that:

  • provide intellectual and physical access to materials in a variety of formats
  • provide instruction to advance competence and stimulate interest in reading, viewing and using information and ideas
  • involve other educators in designing learning strategies that meet the needs of individual students

Information Literacy: FINDS - Florida's Library Media Research Model

  • Focus on information need
  • Investigate resources to search for answer
  • Note and evaluate facts and ideas to answer the question
  • Develop information into knowledge for presentation
  • Score presentation and search process

FINDS, Florida's Library Media Research Model, incorporates research skills that are imbedded in the Florida Standards and provides a framework for the application of these standards through a sequential research process. By making use of a wide range of learning resources and the collaborative efforts of the classroom teacher and school librarian, students learn inquiry-based skills that are applicable across disciplines. Consequently, students acquire the dispositions and competencies needed to function successfully in this demanding, information-intense, technology-driven world.

READS- Florida's K-12 integrated library media reading guidelines

  • Read as a personal activity
  • Explore characteristics, history and awards of creative works
  • Analyze structure and aesthetic features of creative works
  • Develop a literary-based product
  • Score reading progress

One of the goals of the school library media program is to provide intellectual and physical access to a broad range of literature and informational reading materials for personal pleasure and curriculum support. Library media programs aggressively support reading through a variety of promotional and instructional strategies that are carefully crafted to meet the unique needs of learners at each developmental stage. Additionally, the library instructional and promotional activities are collaboratively planned with classroom teachers so that the concepts and skills taught in the classroom are reinforced, enriching the learning experience.

READS Components and Standards

ExC3EL - Expectations for Collaboration, Collections, and Connections to Enhance Learning: Florida's K-12 Library Program Evaluation Tool

The ExC3EL Rubric provides a continuum for developing outstanding school library media programs that enhance and support the school's educational agenda. Quality library media programs provide a welcoming, resource-rich environment that supports multiple literacy's, cultivates a culture of inquiry and literary appreciation, and encourages the independent, ethical exploration of information and ideas.

School Library Award Program

Florida Power-Library Schools (FPLS) and Renewals
Program sponsored by The Florida Association of Supervisors of Media (FASM) and the Florida Department of Education's Library Media Services which recognizes outstanding library media programs in the State of Florida.

Certification

For information on educator certification and subject area requirements for Florida, please visit Educator Certification.

A resource guide to educator certification steps and guide for all states, please visit Teacher.org.

Library Science Degrees

A comprehensive listing of universities and colleges that offer degree programs in the field of Library Science can be found at Complete Guide to an Online Library Science Degree.

Professional Groups

  • FAME - Florida Association of Media Educators - includes information on SSYRA, SSYRA Jr., Florida Teens Read! and Jim Harbin Student Media Festival programs
  • FRA - Florida Reading Association - includes information on the Children's Book Award
  • FLA - Florida Library Association
  • ALA - American Library Association
  • AASL - American Association of School Librarians

Additional Resources

  • CPALMS - NGSSS standards and course descriptions with aligned resources and lesson plans
  • ISTE NETS - technology standards for teachers, students and administrators
  • Edutopia - K-12 education and learning online magazine
  • AASL Guides and Standards - the best apps and websites, standards for the 21st-Century Learner and common core crosswalk
  • Just Read, Florida! - link to the Just Read, Florida! reading initiative
  • Florida Electronic Library - Databases from Gale-Cengage for use by students and staff
  • Public Library - link to the main page of the State Library and Archives with access to Ask a Librarian and the library catalog
  • Public Library Youth Services - reading programs and programming ideas compiled by the State Library
  • Florida Aerial Resource - educational modules for teachers using aerial maps
  • Open eBooks - app providing free access to books for children from in-need households
  • Memos

Contact Information

Cathy Seeds
Director of Library Media and Instructional Materials
Bureau of Standards and Instructional Support
325 West Gaines Street, Suite 424
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400
Phone: 850-245-0903
Cathy.Seeds@fldoe.org