• MEDIA SERVICES
    Media specialists are an important part of the 21st Century teaching and learning experience at a school. By creating and maintaining quality school library programs, these instructional staff members foster a love of reading and the effective use of information by students and faculty. Specifically, media specialists support teaching and learning by :

    • providing intellectual and physical access to materials in a variety of formats;
    • providing instruction to stimulate interest in reading and promoting advances in information literacy skills; and,
    • involving other educators in designing learning strategies to meet the needs of individual students.


    Professional Learning Department

    Phone:  (239) 377-5184
    Email:  ProfessionalLearning@collierschools.com  

  • MEDIA CENTER
    COLLECTION REVIEW

    (updated March 1, 2024)

    During the Superintendent Comment portion of the January 16, 2024, Regular School Board meeting, Dr. Leslie Ricciardelli explained Collier County Public Schools (CCPS) had a change in our process — beginning with Semester 2 — for student access to media centers. As stated by Dr. Ricciardelli, CCPS feels confident we can pull back on the requirement to have parents fill out a permission form for students to access media centers as media specialists continue to become educated on new laws and regulations.

    Each of our schools employs a certified media specialist who is part of our instructional staff, has earned their Florida Media Specialist Certification from the Florida Department of Education, and continually promotes and maintains a dynamic, richly diverse, up-to-date collection to support the academic needs of students. In accordance with Florida House Bill 1069, all 50+ CCPS media specialists completed the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) training for media collection reviews and worked collaboratively with colleagues, including District staff.  

    One portion of the required state training references the requirement for each district school board to adopt procedures for curating library media collections. (Click CCPS Administrative Procedure 2520A to view our procedure for the Selection and Maintenance of Library Media Collections.) Administrative Procedure 2520A outlines, among other topics, the criteria for “weeding” of materials, which is an ongoing process.
     


    (updated November 14, 2023)  
    In accordance with Florida House Bill 1069, Collier County Public Schools (CCPS) has been conducting an extensive review of materials available at our 50+ media centers. The State has made clear the potential punishment for non-compliance is a third degree felony (FL Statute 847.12). 


    MEDIA SPECIALISTS AND TRAINING

    Each of our schools employs a media specialist who is part of our instructional staff, has earned their Florida Teacher Certification, and continually promotes and maintains a dynamic, richly diverse, up-to-date collection to support the academic and reading needs of students. All of our media specialists have completed the required Florida Department of Education training relating to the selection of materials. One portion of the training references the requirement for each district school board to adopt procedures for developing library media collections.


    MEDIA CENTER COLLECTION REVIEW
    As stated, this review is to ensure our media collections align with State law. 

    Below is the list of titles that have been removed based on the parameters outlined in Florida House Bill 1069 and that do not meet Florida Statute 847.001(19).  This list gives title, author, and when the title has been removed.  If there is any additional review of these titles, and it is determined that any title should remain in the CCPS collection, then the CCPS media specialists will be notified.  

    Updated 4-26-2024


    The books that have been removed from our media centers will remain in storage at the schools.

     

  • CCPS CLASSICS


    Click here to learn more about the CCPS Classics Reading List

  • MEDIA CENTER OBJECTIONS

    Parents and community members who are residents of Collier County who wish to object to a particular book in a Collier County Media Center can click here to access the Media Center Book Objection Form.

    Objectors may contact Professional Learning prior to submitting an objection to determine if a book is housed in a Collier County Media Center.