Polk County's District Library Media Services offers a number of helpful services and programs to aid teachers, faculty, district office staff, students and members of the community. The two divisions of the District Media Services are the Professional Library and Library Support Services.

Library Media Services contact information.

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Little Free LibrariesLittle Free Libraries are little decorative waterproof boxes/containers with books inside. These LFL have been placed in communities to promote literacy and the love of reading. The only rule is to bring a book and take a book. Help spread the love of reading throughout Polk County by building or sponsoring a Little Free Library in your community.

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The Professional Library offers technical and professional resources and materials to teachers, administrators, assistants and volunteers in the schools, as well as to people in the community.

The collection includes approximately 3000 books, access to the Internet via T-1 line, and over 100 professional and educational journals covering all aspects of education, including leadership, classroom management, instructional design, subject area content and technology related issues.

In 1996, the Professional Library became a member of the Tampa Bay Library Consortium, gaining access to materials from other libraries throughout the country to further assist our schools and their students, staff and faculty.

Production Services

Some of these services have a small fee attached. In case of copyrighted material, a letter from the copyright owner granting permission to copy must be presented.

Click here for Media Services Pay Form

  • Laminating
    • I.D. Card
    • 25 inch, $0.10 per foot
    • 38 inch (heavy duty), $0.60 per foot
  • Photocopying
  • Cassette Tape Duplication, machine available for checkout
  • Ellison™ & Accu-Cut™ die cuts
  • Poster Printer, $4.50 per poster (When requesting posters you must allow a one week notice before you require the item to be done)
  • Color Poster, 24” wide $1.00 per foot, 42” wide $1.50 per foot (contact Karen Sellers, 764-4711)
  • Badge Making, $0.50 each
  • Other Services (contact Janice Hayes, 647-4710)

June 11-14, 2012.

Summer 2012 Master Training Schedule will be posted at a later date.

Click here for the PDS Scheduler


School Technology>Media Specialist Management Skills>Module MS0191
Best Practices for Library Media Specialists (June 14)

School Technology>Media Specialist's Technology Certification>Module MS0190
Best Technology Sites for Library Media Skills- 2012 (June 13)

School Technology>Media Specialist's Technology Certification>Module MS0189
Marc Magician Advanced (June 12)

Renaissance Learning will be presenting two elementary workshops and one secondary workshop on Best Practices for Accelerated Reader on June 11th. The first session for elementary will be from 8:00 – 10:00 (Module AR0101- Section 14574); the second session 10:30 – 12:30(Module AR0101- Section 14575) and the third session for secondary from 2:00 – 4:00 (Module AR0101- Section 14576). We would like a teacher from each school and the library media specialist to attend—no more than two participants from each school.

Date and Time Event Location
All Media Specialist training days will be at the Jim Miles PDC. 7:30 AM - 12:30 PM Secondary and Elementary. New Media Specialists plan to stay for the whole day 7:30 – 3:30
August 5-8, 2013 - 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM New Media Specialist/Media Para II Training Jim Miles PDC

September 9, 2013

(this meeting will end at 1:30 PM)

Media Specialist Training Jim Miles PDC
September 17, 2013 Polk Men Read Kick-off Jim Miles PDC
October 11-12, 2013 Cracker Storytelling Festival Homeland Heritage Park
November 20-22, 2013 FAME Conference Orlando, FL
December 10, 2013 Media Specialist Training Jim Miles PDC
January 28 - 31, 2014 FETC Conference Orlando, FL
February 26, 2014 Media Specialist Training Jim Miles PDC
April 4, 2014 Media Specialist Training Jim Miles PDC
May 5 - 7, 2014 Reading Comes Alive PSC Auditorium, Winter Haven
May 19, 20, 21& 22, 2014 Book Festival Jim Miles PDC
June 9 - 12, 2014 - Times TBA Summer Training Jim Miles PDC

Q & A on Copyright Laws

It has been brought to my attention that some library media specialists are under the impression that they can change the format of VHS to DVD for archival purpose, this is not so, please see note from a Copyright Law Consultant.

Answer from consultant: There is a provision in the Digital Millennium Act granting libraries the privilege to convert media from one format to another when the original format is no longer in production and the equipment on which to play the recordings is no longer available from any source. At this time, the only format that meets this definition is 8 track audio tapes. VHS format tapes and recorders, although not readily available, are still available and do not meet the requirements of the Digital Millennium Act.

When the time comes that VHS is officially obsolete, it will be permissible for libraries to convert their holdings to another format, but this privilege is only for libraries and their collections and does not apply to classroom collections or videos purchased by grade levels, departments or for individual classes.

There is no "back-up" privilege for video, under the law, as there is for computer software. Such rights would need to have been negotiated at the time of purchase.

Additional copyright information:


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READS Overview

Best Practices

Creates original MARC (Machine Readable Cataloging) records for the school media centers and professional library. In addition, they also prepare books for inclusion on media center shelves and catalog books, audiovisual materials and multimedia tools for schools.

Spec Sheet for Vendors

Standard Spec Sheet for Vendors 2012-2013

Cataloging Policies