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A Publication of the Florida Association for Media in Education Summer 2008


Volume 33


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ALA Annual Conference June 26-July 2, 2008 Anaheim, CA

FRA Conference September 4 – 7, 2008 Orlando, FL

FAME 36th Annual Conference September 24 – 26, 2008 Orlando, FL

AASL 14th National Conference & Exhibition November 4 – 8, 2009 Charlotte, NC

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President Immediate Past President President-Elect Secretary Treasurer



FAME Officers Miriam Needham


Belinda Vose Deb Svec Gail Przeclawski Sherie Bargar

Dr. Donna Baumbach

Board of Directors 2005-2008



Getting Started with Web Tools In Your Library Media Center: Five to Test Drive

Pat Dedicos Carol Hogue John Prevosk Jacqueline Rose Rhoda Cribbs Nancy Everhart Albert Pimienta Kathy Wray Melissa Dorsett William Connell Joanne Seale Courtney Zepeda


Authors, Authors, Authors! Cecelia Solomon

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Award Winning Intellectual Freedom Essay Daniel Logan


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National Board Certification Update Brooks Spencer


Book Reviews Susan Johnson


A Question of Copyright Gary Becker


Legislative News Bob Cerra

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Miriam Needham FAME President

It’s hard to believe another school year is ending. I know you are busy with inventory, weeding and all the other end of the year tasks. Take a few minutes out of these busy days to review the past year. Celebrate the successes you have enjoyed, contemplate the challenges you’ve faced, and look ahead to more opportunities to inspire students to become lifelong lovers of books and reading.

opportunities. There are many awesome half-day workshops scheduled for Wednesday, September 24th. Check out the workshop descriptions to decide which ones you will attend! You will definitely want to sign-up early because the workshops fill up quickly and they have limited seating! You can also take a quick preview of conference sessions. This will be a conference you won’t want to miss!

Don’t forget to register for the 36th Annual FAME Conference “Intellectual fREADom.” The registration form can be found on the FAME website at

Lois Lowry and Chris Crutcher will be out keynote speakers for the Thursday and Friday general sessions. Other authors who have confirmed their appearance are Marc Aronson, Ann Bausum, Priscilla Cummings, Michael Dahl, Lisa Ernst, Alane Ferguson, Pete Hautman, Cynthia Lord, David Lubar, Laurie Myers, Sara Pennypacker, Susan Pfeffer,

The conference committee has been working hard over the past few months to provide you with three full days of professional development

Rick Riordan, Greg Tang, Jean Van Leeuwen, Andrea White and Lisa Willever. Conference hotel information is also on the website. Be sure to ask for the FAME conference rates when booking your rooms at the Gaylord Palms Resort. Over the summer please check the FAME website frequently for any developing issues or concerns affecting our profession and our programs. I hope your summer is filled with sunny days of fun, laughter and good books.

Miriam Walrath Needham President

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National Board Certification Update f you are already an NBCT, a candidate this year, or have been seriously considering beginning the process, you probably feel like the rug just got pulled from under you. Well, it did, and it’s not pretty or nice. Unfortunately, our legislators in Tallahassee don’t play nice. They can, and did, strip the program to the point that there are no incentives for teachers or anyone else eligible to attempt the rigorous process.

I Brooks Spencer Osceola Middle School Ocala, Florida National Board Certified Library Media K-12

In case you hadn’t heard, as of July 1, 2008 the state funding for application fees is gone. The Dale Hickam Excellent Teaching Program will still be maintained but with major changes to the provisions. For instance, the 10% NBCT status supplement, now referred to as a bonus, which will cause all kinds of problems, will be provided, depending on funds, but limits the duration of the supplement to the 10 year life of the certificate. NBCT Renewal is not even mentioned. Those NBCTs that mentored in 2007/08 will receive an amount based on the remaining funding after all eligible fees, incentives and “NBCT status” salary supplements are paid. The remaining funding will then be prorated among those who are deemed eligible for the mentoring

supplement. I’m not planning any European vacations. What does all this mean? Pretty much, the program is dead in the water. No one that I know is going to put up the over $2,000 application fee. I don’t imagine there are going to be many, if any candidates in, at least, the near future. I do hope that grants and other sources will be located. Now, the really sad thing about all this is that some people are going to be pleased and for different reasons. There have always been those who thought the process was not as rigorous as it really is, but they were always too busy to go for it. Then there are those, and unfortunately, they have a point, that say the candidate is

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outstanding, until they get the certification. Then the candidate slows down resting on their laurels. I’ve seen this happen myself. The program was meant to be an elevation of awareness, focus, and professionalism, not just for the money. The program was intended to keep good teachers in the classroom with a supplement that would make them less likely to take the administrative track. I think most of us who attained the certification are still glad we did it. I know I am. I am a better library media specialist because of National Board Certification. If your county or district will help supplement the application fee, or you have a business partner or other benefactor, I still fully encourage anyone to work toward National Board Certification. If you move to another state, it will most likely be of value and set you apart from other applicants.

While we reel in the gut from this punch, we understand that budgets and funding are being cut in all areas, nothing is sacred. But, you mark my words, we are going to see an increase of good teachers opting out of the classroom because a good chance for a reasonable supplement is gone. I hope I don’t hear any whining about retaining good teachers. This state just shut the door on that and a lot of us had our foot in it. Contact your legislators. Let them know how disappointing this news is to us and what the consequences will be. Tell them cuts to education are cuts to the future of our young people. Young people who I had hoped would be highly qualified to maintain the Social Security System I so hope to draw upon in the next 10 years! Have a great summer!

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Getting Started with Web Tools in Your Library Media Center: Five to Test Drive “Kids lead high tech lives outside school and decidedly low tech lives inside school. This new ‘divide’ is making the activities inside school appear to have less real world relevance to kids.” Illinois Institute of Design’s Research Project (funded by the MacArthur Foundation) on Schools in the Digital Age

ust as pen, paper, scissors, glue, crayons, construction paper, typewriter and watercolors were some of the tools many of us used to produce reports and share what we were learning, blogs, wikis, photo sharing sites, podcasts and other new online resources are the tools of today’s students. And just as we had to learn to cut, to color, to use cursive writing, our students must learn how to use these new tools. That means we must use them and teach to use them effectively as well. If school library media programs are to be relevant to today’s students, they must embrace these new digital tools—hopefully, leading the way as we have in other areas of technology in the past.


Donna Baumbach, Ed.D. Professor Emerita, University of Central Florida

Making the Grade is an ongoing column by Dr. Donna Baumbach, Professor of Education at the University of Central Florida and Director of the Florida SUNLINK Project, focusing on SUNLINK, technology, and the status of school library media centers in Florida and how they contribute to student achievement.

While early websites were passive—that is you could read information from the page, but you couldn’t add to the information or change it in any way. This wiki will focus on the newer tools that are commonly called Web 2.0 tools because they allow for much interactivity and user-created content. Some people say that Web 1.0 was about locating information, and Web 2.0 is about using websites as application software much as one uses MSWord or PowerPoint or other software on your computer. Web 2.0 sites allow one to read AND write! In addition, most Web 2.0 sites offer the opportunity to share and/or collaborate on the work. Web 2.0 tools provide digital equity, too, providing knowledge about tools students and teachers can use outside of school. Hundreds of free and inexpensive web tools are available for school library media specialists to use that can make us more productive, valued, and, perhaps, more competitive. Just as scissors, glue, crayons, construction paper, and watercolors were some of the tools many of us used to produce reports and share what we were learning, blogs, wikis, photosharing sites, podcasts and other new online resources are the tools of today’s students. And just as we had to learn to cut, to color, to use cursive writing, our students must learn how to use these new tools. That means we must use them and teach students to use them effectively as well. If school library media programs are to be relevant to today’s students, we must embrace these new digital tools—hopefully, leading the way as we have in other areas of technology in the past.

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learn more, need professional development, and are willing to share what they have learned and to learn from others. I’ve turned that information into a wiki called “WebTools4U2Use” and you can find it at Dr. Judy Lee and I will be talking about it at a session at FAME 2008. The wiki includes a rationale for using Web 2.0 tools, categories of tools, specific tools in each category, how they are being used in library media centers, and links to tutorials and more information. In addition, there is space for school library media professionals to add other tools and ideas for using them Meanwhile, I thought you might be interested in the top five tools in each category as identified by school library media specialists completing the survey or in some cases by the professional literature. You can find each tool below by using a search engine, of course, but the easiest way to get to each tool is to access it from the “Five to Test Drive” section of the wiki pages.

Figure 1. Selected Survey Results: Web Tools for School Library Media Programs (Baumbach, 2008)

.While early websites were passive—that is you could read information from the page, but you couldn’t add to the information or change it in any way, newer tools that are commonly called Web 2.0 tools because they allow for much interactivity and user-created content. Some people say that Web 1.0 was about locating information, and Web 2.0 is about using websites as application software much as one uses MSWord or PowerPoint or other software on your computer. Web 2.0 sites allow one to read AND write! In addition, most Web 2.0 sites offer the opportunity to share and/or collaborate on the work. Web 2.0 tools provide digital equity, too, providing knowledge about tools students and teachers can use outside of school. Findings of recent survey of over 600 school library media specialists revealed that we are just beginning to realize the potential of these tools for teaching and learning. We are just beginning to put them to work for us in our school library media programs. Early adopters are leading the way, however, and the survey helped to show what tools are being used and how they are benefiting teachers, students and library media specialists. It also strongly indicated that library media specialists want to

Figure 2. Home Page of the WebTools4U2Use Wiki

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Audio and Podcasting Podcasts are audio files that are delivered over the Internet and then played back on a computer or MP3 player. Today’s technology allows visuals and video to be added to podcasts to enhance the content and the experience. Teachers and library media specialists are using podcasts to deliver content to students. These can be podcasts that others have created, selected from the thousands and thousands of free podcasts available online, or you can create your own. Podcasts can be played in the classroom or library media center, or downloaded and played at home. Students, too can create their own podcasts—and when they do, they will not only be researching, writing, and learning content, they’ll be learning 21st century skills, too. Podcasting also is an effective tool for professional development and for communicating with parents as well.

Podcasts • • • • •

iTunes and iTunesU HornBook Podcast Karen’s Mashups Lit2Go EdTechTalk

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iTunes GarageBand Audacity Odeo Studio Podomatic

Blogs (Weblogs) “A blog is a website where entries are commonly displayed in reverse chronological order. ‘Blog’ can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.”

(Wikipedia) It is a webpage consisting of brief paragraphs of opinion, information, personal diary entries, or links, called posts, arranged chronologically with the most recent first, in the style of an online journal. Blogging allows you to easily create a webpage with your own ideas and information. Other characteristics of weblogs include archives, a unique URL for each post (called a permalink), an RSS feed to syndicate the blog’s content, dated and time-stamped entries, the capability of the software to allow readers’ comments, and use of templates to assist in page design and layout.

Online Calendar Tools • • • • •

Event Management Tools • • • • •

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AASL Blog InFACTory Infomancy School Library Media Activities Blog TechnoTuesday Writing Blogs Blogger Edublogger Blogmeister Live Journal Gaggle Blogs

Calendar, Task & Event Management, and To-Do List Tools

Evite Sendomatic Coordinatr My Punchbowl Socializr

To-Do List Tools • • • • •

Blogs to Read • • • •

Yahoo Calendar Google Calendar 30 Boxes AOL Calendar Airset

TaDa Lists Remember the Milk ToodleDo TaskBin I Want Sandy

Drawing, Charting & Graphing Tools It’s true. A picture can be worth a thousand words. It all depends upon which words and which pictures. But what if you can’t find a photo, picture, clipart or graphic to convey the meaning? You create your own! You can use pencil, paper, ink and paint and scan it to bring it onto your webpage or online document, but there are lots of free tools for selfexpresson and creativity.

Create a Graph

How would library media specialists exist without calendars and to do lists? Online versions of these tools—and other tools to help organize your professional and personal life—can help to make you more productive, more efficient, and more visible! A wide variety of tools are available for you online!

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MindMeister Gliffy Scriblink ToonDo

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Photosharing Tools

Presentation Tools

Photography has come a long way from the days of the Kodak Instamatic, 35mm slides, and 8 X 10 glossies! Digital cameras are more popular, inexpensive, and feature-filled, and digital photos can be used in many ways in education. “Photo sharing is the publishing or transfer of a user’s digital photos online, thus enabling the user to share them with others (whether publicly or privately). This functionality is provided through both websites and applications that facilitate the upload and display of images.” (Wikipedia) Once the photos are online, different photosharing sites offer a variety of tools to organize, print, display, edit, annotate, tag, manipulate, and use them. • Kodak Gallery • Snapfish • Flickr • Shutterfly • Picasa Web Albums

Microsoft’s PowerPoint and Apple’s Keynote are two of the most popular presentation tools for teachers, students, library media specialists and administrators, and much has been written about the positive and negative impacts of these resources on teaching and learning. PowerPoint can be saved as a web document and shared on any webpage. But new web-based tools offer ways to publish and deliver those presentations as well as some new tools for creating presentations—and most are free, can be accessed from home, school, or the classroom, and foster collaboration. • GoogleDocs • SlideShare • Virtual Whiteboard • VoiceThread • SlideStory

Portal and Webpage Starting Tools Webpage starters or personalized portal pages provide a framework for providing the content you want on your own homepage. They allow you to access the page from any computer and to include the kind of content you want on that page: news, weather, links, RSS feeds and more. While some portal pages let you arrange the news you want on the page and include searches for news of interest to you, webpage starters go beyond that, letting you begin with a blank page and filling it with what you want and arranging it to suit your taste. • iGoogle • MyYahoo! • MyAOL • Pageflakes • Netvibes

RSS, Newsfeeds and Aggregators RSS stands for “Rich Site Summary” or “Real Simple Syndication.” Wikipedia defines RSS as “a family of Web feed formats used to publish frequently updated content including, but not limited to, blog entries, news headlines, and podcasts. An RSS document, called a “feed” or “web feed” or “channel,” contains either a summary of content from an associated web site or the full text. RSS aggregators make it possible for people to keep up with their favorite web sites in an automated manner that can be piped into special programs or filtered displays.”

Web-Based RSS Readers • • • • •

Quiz and Polling Tools Whether assessing student achievement or gathering information to help evaluate your program and services, information is power. What was once relegated to pencil and paper can now be done easily online with free and easy to use online quiz and polling tools. Online quiz tools let you, your teachers and your students create multiple choice, matching, short answer, and other question formats for students to assess their own abilities to master the information or for you to see what students have learned and what needs to be reviewed and taught in a different way. Online polling tools let you gather opinions, collect votes, and see and share results immediately. • SurveyMonkey • Quia • QuizStar • Easy-Poll • MyStudiyo

Bloglines Google Reader FastLadder NewsGator Online Rojo

Standalone RSS Readers • • • • •

NetNewsWire (Mac) SharpReader (Windows) FeedDemon NewsGator (Windows/Outlook) RSSOwl

Social Bookmarking Tools Social bookmarking is a method for Internet users to store, organize, search, and manage bookmarks of web pages on the Internet with the help of metadata.” (Wikipedia) Instead of storing bookmarks or favorites on your local computer, social bookmarking tools enable you to store them on the web, organize them in a variety of ways, add “tags” or keywords to them, annotate them, and access them from any computer. In addition, you can share the bookmarks with others and you can

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see what others have bookmarked. • • BackFlip • StumbleUpon • Clipmarks • Digg

Social Networks “Online social networks are communities of people who share interests and activities or who are interested in exploring the interests and activities of others. Most services are primarily web-based and provide a collection of various ways for users to interact, such as chat, messaging, email, video, voice chat, file sharing, blogging, discussion groups, and so on. Social networking has revolutionized the way we communicate and share information with one another in today’s society. Various social networking websites are being used by millions of people everyday on a regular basis and it now seems that social networking is a part of everyday life.” (Wikipedia) Because schools generally employ only one or two professional school library media specialists, many school library media specialists often feel isolated. Social networks can provide professional contacts, dialogs, collaboration and relationships. • MySpace • Facebook • Ning • Twitter • LibraryThing

Video and Videosharing Tools “Video sharing refers to websites or software where a user can distribute their video clips. Some services may charge, but the bulk of them offer

free services. Many services have options for private sharing and other publication options. Video sharing services can be classified into several categories, among them: user generated video sharing websites, video sharing platform / white label providers and web based video editing.” (Wikipedia) Video hosting sites allow users to upload video clips and store them on the hosting site’s server. This saves server space on the school’s or individual’s site or server and provides a central place to store videos. Video hosting sites also provide codes to share the video clips by a URL or embedded code for blogs, wikis and other websites. Generally, these sites allow users to rate videos, save favorites, and comment on any video clip. Little programming or technical skill is necessary to upload and/or display video clips using video hosting sites. • YouTube • TeacherTube • Google Video • Yahoo! Video • PhotoBucket

Wikis A wiki is like a blank webpage you can write on with simple tools— text, photos, graphics, videos, links and more. Wikis store the history of page changes so you can see how a page has changed over time, and can revert to an older version if you’d like.

Sample Wikis • • • • •

LISWiki LibSuccess Wiki LM_Net Wiki Digital Bookends State Staffing Requirements Wiki

Wiki Creating Sites • • • • •

PBWiki WikiSpaces WetPaint SeedWiki PikiWiki

Word Processing & Other Productivity Tools When I think of how the computer has made me more productive, I think of word processors, spreadsheets, datatbases and presentation tools. A “suite” of office tools that encompasses all of these functions, like Microsoft Office, is available for both Macs and Windows and is probably the software most of us use the most often. Web 2.0 makes these tools available online and for free! Other benefits of online productivity tools would have to include the fact that work can be authored and edited by multiple people from their own computers, accessed from home or from school, and stored, shared and published online. • GoogleDocs • Google Notebook • OpenOffice • Zoho Writer • Zoho Notebook If you aren’t familiar with the categories and/or at least one of the tools in each category, or if you’re using these but need some ideas for how to use them in your library media program it’s definitely time to learn more…and that’s what WebTools4U2Use is for! See you there!

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Authors! Authors! Librarians! Librarians! ow are authors selected for the FAME annual conference? Authors on the SSYRA, FTR!, and FRA lists are first priority, then authors that complement the conference theme. The FAME president selects the Keynote Speakers, and they may be authors, as is the case this year. Lois Lowry (yes, Lois Lowry!) delivers the keynote speech during the first general session Thursday morning, September 25th and Chris Crutcher (yes, Chris Crutcher!) will speak during the second general session Friday afternoon, September 26th.


What other authors will you be able to meet and hear? Alane Ferguson, Pete Hautman, David Lubar, and Susan Pfeffer from the FTR! list, Laurie Myers, Rick Riordan, Jean Van Leeuven, and Andrea White from SSYRA, and Lisa Campbell Ernst from the FRA list will all be in attendance. Marc Aronson, Michael Dahl, Greg Tang, and Lisa Willever also will attend. This year’s conference will offer plenty of opportunities to meet and hear authors. The “Author Hour” from 4:00-4:45 PM on Wednesday afternoon will have two panel discussions. Authors will be signing books during the Grand Opening of the Exhibit Hall Wednesday evening, at lunchtime Thursday and Friday, and at other times during the concurrent sessions. This year there will be an additional time to speak with and listen to authors. On Thursday evening at 6:00 PM, FAME is sponsoring an in-depth discussion on Intellectual Freedom. Marc Aronson, Chris Crutcher and Susan Pfeffer are the featured panelists. Authors need librarians as much as librarians need authors. If authors didn’t have the drive to write books, would there be libraries? If library media specialists didn’t promote books among young people, would authors or their works receive the recognition they deserve? The FAME Conference Committee appreciates this symbiotic relationship and works to bring as many authors to the annual conference as possible. Now that you know what's in store for conference authors, we hope you share our excitement. See you at the Gaylord Palms Resorts in September! | Florida Media Quarterly | Summer 2008 | Page 12 |

At the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center the $15 Resort Fee provides you with • Wireless/in room internet access* • Daily newspaper • Bottled water (2) replenished daily • Fitness Center • Transportation to and from Disney theme parks • Local phone calls (up to 20 minutes) A free service to all guests, the iConnectSM guest service system provides • Free internet access • Electronic messaging (room to room) • Maps (from your guestroom to any venue in the resort0 • Electronic Guest Guide • Ability to make a variety of housekeeping requests (with the click of a mouse) • Virtual Valet • In-room Dinning and Restaurant Menus • Canyon Ranch SpaClub menu of services • Free E-Greeting cards • My Meeting-access to your group's most up-to-date agenda and key information

Award Winning Essay

By Tyler Craig Sponsored by Daniel Logan, Media Specialist ntellectual freedom, like anything else, means more to people who have had it taken away from them. It has been postulated that a society without culture and art will not last. Without freedom to access and express knowledge publicly, art and culture wouldn’t exist. When thought about this way, it truly proves that intellectual freedom is necessary for the life of a society.


Intellectual freedom, although a somewhat abundant good in America, is nearly nonexistent in many parts of the world. Even in American schools, the last place one would think to find anti-intellectual posturing, a certain element of stifling definitely exists. Intellectual freedom’s importance can be seen in school, where disenfranchised children at the apex of their development look like reluctant automatons. Intellectual freedom must exist in some form in every institution of existence for the benefit of both the leaders and the leaded. There have been example after example of personal experience aptly explaining the school’s role in stifling creativity-this being particularly disheartening given my enrollment in a school for the arts-but one example in particular comes to mind quite clearly: A “zine” can be described as a noncommercial periodical in limited circulation. Their appeal lies in the fact that anyone can make one; it is more of a creative endeavor than a commercial one,

and is not expensive to create. This year, my senior year, I teamed up with a few of my peers to make one. My librarian was our sponsor for our after school meetings, all articles were written outside of school, and one of the people involved took it upon herself to spread the word about it. We all wrote articles on various topics, and we made pennames for ourselves so no one knew who was involved, a means of producing an element of mystery around the project. Our first issue of the zine was released. We placed the copies in an empty locker at the school. We put a lock on it, and informed a few people of the lock’s combination. This way, word of mouth could have spread, and more people could learn of this locker containing the copies of the zine. The next day, the school librarian brought me into his office, telling me the principal has been made aware of the zine, and was quite disturbed. Even though we created this entirely outside of school, we weren’t selling it, and the individuals who created

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it were in complete anonymity, the principal felt it was a problem. She was disturbed by language in it (language no worse than what can be found in many books available in the school library), and wanted it to be censored. She wanted to scratch out language she found offensive with a black marker, and she wanted all future articles to be approved by her first. This all occurred around November of 2007. Since then, no further zines have been created. It is pointless; the do-it-yourself attitude was completely destroyed because our school wanted to institutionalize something organic. Everyone involved had their intellectual freedom compromised. In our attempts to express our views publicly, we were prevented from saying exactly as we felt. This moment encapsulated the importance of intellectual freedom for me. If a people cannot express their opinions, it is a compromise on their intellectual freedom. If a people does not have intellectual freedom, they will grow restless and disillusioned. A people needs intellectual freedom for culture to exist. As it stands, our school is an Orwellian microcosm. Our only outlets of expression are school-sponsored performances, and something in me doubts our school production of Phantom Tollbooth will

be an apt expression of intellectual freedom for the people involved. A history teacher once told me that if one wants to get a genuine insight into any era in history, textbooks prove to be obsolete. It is the poets and artists, she said, that will grant us far more profound insight. Poetry and art are the two things that benefit most from intellectual freedom. Without intellectual freedom, art in every media would cease to be. The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions wrote up a mission statement of sorts on their take on intellectual freedom. In it, they state that “human beings have a fundamental right to access to expressions of knowledge, creative thought and intellectual activity, and to express their views publicly.” Intellectual freedom is protected under the First Amendment, and can also be found in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It is generally agreed that any person can express any opinion through any medium they choose. The notion of an institute for public education stifling the expression and creativity of its students shouldn’t exist, for it simply doesn’t work.

What is the FAME Intellectual Freedom Student Scholarship? Florida Association for Media in Education (FAME) Intellectual Freedom Student Scholarship The FAME Intellectual Freedom Scholarship in the amount of $1000 is awarded annually to a graduating senior from a high school. The award is designed to defray the cost of tuition or other college related expenses. Criteria and Procedures Information will be distributed to media specialists in Florida high schools in September. Only students whose library media specialists are members of FAME are eligible. Essays written by senior students will be submitted to the FAME Intellectual Freedom Committee by March 15. Only one essay per county will be considered. Winners will be notified by May 1. Each committee member will select the best paper based on the following criteria: 1. Subject: The Importance of Intellectual Freedom 2. Originality 3. Ability to select and to analyze an important issue related to intellectual freedom 4. Ability to organize ideas logically and to express them effectively 5. 1,000 words or less, double spaced, 12 point font 6. No name or name of your school anywhere except on this cover page 7. Submitted on or before the deadline (no faxed papers) 8. Applications and the essay must be submitted online (emailed) by midnight March 15.

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Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award Program

Master List of Titles 2008-2009 Grades 3-5 Bauer, Marion Dane. The Blue Ghost. Random House, ©2006. [Random House (2005 hardcover) – ISBN 0375831797; Random House (2006 paperback) – ISBN 0375833390]

Clements, Andrew. No Talking. Simon & Schuster, ©2007. [Simon & Schuster Children’s (2007 hardcover) – ISBN 1416909834]

DeFelice, Cynthia. The Missing Manatee. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, ©2008. [Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2005 hardcover) – ISBN 0374312575; Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2008 paperback) – ISBN 0374400202]

DiSalvo, DyAnne. The Sloppy Copy Slipup. Holiday House, ©2006. [Holiday House (2006 hardcover) – ISBN 0823419479; Holiday House (2008 paperback) – ISBN 9780823419470]

Dowell, Frances O’Roark. Phineas L. MacGuire…Erupts!: The First Experiment. Aladdin, ©2007. [Atheneum (2006 hardcover) – ISBN 1416901957; Aladdin (2007 paperback) – ISBN1416947345]

Gorman, Carol and Ron J. Findley. Stumptown Kid. Peachtree, ©2007. [Peachtree (2005 hardcover) – ISBN 1561453374; Peachtree (2007 paperback) – ISBN 1561454125]

Graff, Lisa. The Thing about Georgie. HarperTrophy, ©2008. [Laura Geringer (2007 hardcover) – ISBN 0060875895; HarperTrophy (2008 paperback) – ISBN 0060875917]

Gutman, Dan. The Homework Machine. Aladdin, ©2007. [Simon & Schuster Children’s (2006 hardcover) – ISBN 0689876785; Aladdin (2007 paperback) – ISBN 0689876793]

Haddix, Margaret Peterson. Dexter the Tough. Aladdin, ©2008. [Simon & Schuster Children’s (2007 hardcover) – ISBN 1416911596; Aladdin (2008 paperback) – ISBN 1416911707]

Kehret, Peg. The Ghost’s Grave. Puffin, ©2007. [Dutton (2005 hardcover) – ISBN 0525461620; Puffin (2007 paperback) – ISBN 0142408190]

Lord, Cynthia. Rules. Scholastic, ©2008. [Scholastic (2006 hardcover) – ISBN 0439443822; Scholastic (2008 paperback) – ISBN 0439443830]

Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds. Roxie and the Hooligans. Aladdin, ©2007. [Ginee Seo Books (2006 hardcover) – ISBN 1416902430; Aladdin (2007 paperback) – ISBN 1416902449]

Pennypacker, Sara. Clementine. Hyperion, ©2008. [Hyperion (2006 hardcover) – ISBN 0786838825; Hyperion (2008 paperback) – ISBN 0786838833]

Repka, Janice. The Stupendous Dodgeball Fiasco. Dutton, ©2004. [Dutton Children’s Books (2004 hardcover) – ISBN 0525473467]

Tolan, Stephanie S. Listen! HarperTrophy, ©2008. [HarperCollins (2006 hardcover) – ISBN 0060579358; HarperTrophy (2008 paperback) – ISBN 0060579374]

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Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award Program

Master List of Titles 2008-2009 Grades 6-8 Broach, Elise. Shakespeare’s Secret. Square Fish, ©2007. [Henry Holt (2005 hardcover) – ISBN 0805073876; Square Fish (2007 paperback) – ISBN 0312371322]

Bruchac, Joseph. Whisper in the Dark. HarperCollins, ©2005. [HarperCollins (2005 hardcover) – ISBN 0060580879]

Cummings, Priscilla. Red Kayak. Puffin, ©2006. [Dutton (2004 hardcover) – ISBN 0525473173; Puffin (2006 paperback) – ISBN 0142405736]

Duble, Kathleen Benner. The Sacrifice. Aladdin, ©2007. [Margaret K. McElderry (2005 hardcover) – ISBN 0689876505; Aladdin (2007 paperback) – ISBN 0689876513]

Kent, Rose. Kimchi & Calamari. HarperCollins, ©2007. [HarperCollins (2007 hardcover) – ISBN 0060837691]

Lisle, Janet Taylor. Black Duck. Puffin, ©2007. [Philomel (2006 hardcover) – ISBN 0399239634; Puffin (2007 paperback) – ISBN 0142409022]

Lord, Cynthia. Rules. Scholastic, ©2008. [Scholastic (2006 hardcover) – ISBN 0439443822; Scholastic (2008 paperback) – ISBN 0439443830]

Mass, Wendy. Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life. Little, Brown, ©2008. [Little, Brown (2006 hardcover) – ISBN 0316058297; Little, Brown (2008 paperback) – ISBN 0316058491]

Meehl, Brian. Out of Patience. Yearling, ©2008. [Delacorte (2006 hardcover) – ISBN 0385732996; Yearling (2008 paperback) – ISBN 0440420903]

Pearson, Ridley. The Kingdom Keepers. Disney, ©2007. [Disney (2005 hardcover) – ISBN 0786854448; Disney (2007 paperback) – ISBN 1423105451]

Rorby, Ginny. Hurt Go Happy. Starscape, ©2007. [Starscape (2006 hardcover) – ISBN 0765314428; Starscape (2007 paperback) – ISBN 0765353040]

Smith, Roland. Peak. Harcourt, ©2008. [Harcourt (2007 hardcover) – ISBN 0152024174; Harcourt (2008 paperback) – ISBN 0152062688]

Spinelli, Jerry. Eggs. Little, Brown, ©2008. [Little, Brown (2007 hardcover) – ISBN 0316166464; Little, Brown (2008 paperback) – ISBN 0316166472]

Winerip, Michael. Adam Canfield of the Slash. Candlewick, ©2007. [Candlewick (2005 hardcover) – ISBN 0763623407; Candlewick (2007 paperback) – ISBN 0763627941]

Yancey, Rick. The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp. Bloomsbury, ©2008. [Bloomsbury (2005 hardcover) – ISBN 1582346933; Bloomsbury (2008 paperback) – ISBN 1599902834]

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Florida Teens Read! 2008-2009 List of Titles Dear FAME Member: The Florida Teens Read committee is happy to announce the new list of titles chosen for 2008-2009. More information about these books including summaries and ISBN numbers for purchasing will be posted on the Florida Teens Read pages of the FAME website ( by the beginning of May 2008. Please check this site periodically for new information. Dee Lucas FAME Florida Teens Read Chair

Thirteen Reasons Why – Jay Asher

A Long Way Gone (mature themes) – Ismael Beah

Avalon High – Meg Cabot

The Nature of Jade – Deb Calleti

City of Bones – Cassandra Clare

Deadline – Chris Crutcher The Christopher Killer – Alane Ferguson What Happened to Cass McBride? – Gail Giles

Incantation – Alice Hoffman

A Thousand Splendid Suns (mature themes) – Khaled Hosseini

Firestorm – David Klass

Wicked Lovely – Melissa Marr

Street Love – Walter Dean Myers

Life As We Knew It – Susan Beth Pfeffer

Boot Camp – Todd Strasser

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Susan S. Johnson Library Media Specialist Vanguard High School 7 N.W. 28th Street Ocala, FL 34475 Susan.johnson@marion.k12.

Triana, Gaby. (2005). Cubanita. HarperCollins Publishers. New York, New York. ISBN: 0-06-056020-7.

Partridge, Elizabeth. (2005). John Lennon: All I want is the truth. Penguin Group. New York, New York. ISBN: 0-670-05954-4.

Seventeen year-old Isabel Diaz has just graduated from high school and can’t wait to begin her mother-free life at the University of Michigan in the fall. She loves her mother but won’t miss her overprotective, overbearing qualities. Isa lives in Miami and was born to Cuban parents who totally embrace their culture. Her Mami wants her to learn how to cook and sew and develop her domestic skills to be a good Cuban wife, but Isa would rather be just a typical American teenager. Another summer teaching art at Camp Anhinga and finally, she can be on her own. Her mother becomes emotionally crushed when Isa breaks up with Robi, her Cuban boyfriend of two years because he kept talking about her becoming “Mrs. Puertes.” Isa has her whole life ahead of her and marriage is not in the near future. She finds love at summer camp, just when she promised herself she would not get involved with anyone. Dreamy-eyed Andrew knocks her off her feet, and Isa forgets all about her promise. She invites Andrew to the family’s Fourth of July party only to discover that her interfering mom has invited Robi, too! Isa discovers more about romantic Andrew than she ever thought possible during a family medical emergency. All the signs were there, but she is too blind to see them. Isa wises up and teaches Andrew a lesson he’ll never forget. Great summer read that will keep you laughing. Recommended. Grades 10 - 12.

There are many Beatle books on the market, but this photographic biography by Elizabeth Partridge is one of the best for pleasure reading and research reports. She has used primary source documents and interviews for most of the content and when possible, John Lennon speaks about himself. John Lennon spoke very candidly to journalists and had a long association with many of them. The book details the history, social turmoil, world events and personal stories of all four Beatles from 1940 to 1980. Their influence on clothing, hair styles, behavior and attitudes rocked society and the world of music more effectively than any other recording artists. Many of John Lennon’s deeply personal and autobiographical lyrics are explained with personal stories. Details of John Lennon’s life are revealed, from his rebellious and often turbulent youth to his suffocating fame. The evolving style of the Beatles’ music and the thoughts, feelings, and social attitudes that it reflected are also described. The quantity of large black and white pictures of the Beatles make this book a collector’s item. Highly Recommended. Printz Honor Book. Grades 9 - 12. Jurmain, Suzanne. (2005). The Forbidden Schoolhouse: The true and dramatic story of Prudence Crandall and her students. New York, New York: Houghton Mifflin Company. In 1831, Prudence Crandall ran a prestigious private school for wealthy

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girls in Canterbury, Connecticut. Sarah Harris, an AfricanAmerican girl, asked Miss Crandall if she could get educated to teach colored children and began receiving lessons. During the interim time when slaves were free but thought by some not to be American citizens, Miss Crandall became the object of public scrutiny. Her supporters believed that she broke the law only because the United States Constitution denied African-American citizens the basic rights granted to all American citizens. However, some believed that these rights were only for white people. Despite ridicule, personal attacks and vandalism, Miss Crandall pressed on toward her goal

armed with a strong belief in her mission and faith in law and liberty. Eventually, anti-slavery societies voiced encouragement and Prudence inspired other teachers. Although she was cleared by the court, the school was ravaged by vandals and later sold. Miss Crandall endured shattered dreams and a devastating marriage but fifty years later, she was cleared by the Connecticut state legislature and paid for her financial losses. Suzanne Jurmain includes many photographs that bring this interesting historical biography to life for readers. Recommended. Grades 9 - 12.

2008 Gale/Library Media Connection TEAMS* Award:

FAME Congratulates the Florida Winners! Cengage Learning announced this week that two Florida schools won this prestigious award for the 2007-08 school year. Brooks Spencer, library media specialist at Osceola Middle School in Ocala and Carol Faas, library media specialist at Eastside High School in Gainesville are the driving forces behind these winning collaborative projects. Collaboration between the teacher and media specialist is critical to the learning process. Research shows that collaboration increases student achievement and helps develop 21st century skills. The Gale/Library Media Connection TEAMS* Award recognizes and encourages the important role collaboration plays. Only three schools in the US were selected for this award. The winning schools will receive a $2,500 (U.S.) cash award; Gale products (approximate value $500 U.S.); a one-year subscription to Library Media Connection; Educator’s Professional Bookshelf (approximate value $800 U.S.) from Linworth Publishing; and the winners will be featured in an article in Library Media Connection in the 2008 school year.

A panel comprised of education industry professionals and Gale staff evaluated the nomination based on: • Demonstrated collaboration between media specialists and teachers during the 2007/08 school year • Effective techniques that positively impact student learning and achievement • Support received from school leadership • Ability for others to replicate this best practice

Awards will be presented at a special reception held in conjunction with the American Library Association conference in Anaheim, California in June. Congratulations to the students and teachers at these schools and especially to the library media specialists.

*Teachers And Media Specialists Influencing Student Achievement

IN MEMORY Please take a moment to remember Barry Myers, formerly with Mumford Books, who recently passed away. You will remember that Barry retired a couple of years ago. He was known by many of us who went to Mumford Books, or saw him annually at the FAME Conference. Barry was always friendly and personable, extending himself to help everyone. He will be greatly missed.

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Can teachers legally donate to the school videos they have purchased for use in their classrooms? Does the “Home Use Only” notice really matter or should we only be concerned that it meets the educational exception criteria of being part of curriculum and instruction?


The videos may be donated to the school, but may only be used for direct, instructional purposes, if used on school property. In addition, the donated videos could be housed in the media center and charged out to students for reward, motivation, etc., as long as the videos were only used at home. The videos could be used at the school, for non-instructional purposes, if your school has a public performance license and the license includes the production companies representing the donated videos. Movie Licensing USA is the official licensing representative for approximately sixteen, major video production companies, including Disney, Dreamworks, Universal Studios and others and provides a public performance license that would permit noninstructional use at your school. It should be noted that anyone may donate videos to the school, but they must be originals and not copies.


My question concerns teachers using and copying material from books and other sources no longer in adoption. These materials are still under copyright protection. A specific example is a worksheet that accompanied the textbook.

May I make a copy of a black line master and make copies from that when I do not hold the original?


If a textbook is purchased as part of an adoption process and later dropped from adoption, the text could still be used as a source for text, images, photos, drawings, etc. to the same degree it was when under adoption, as adoption status has no connection to copyright privileges or permissions unless additional rights were negotiated as part of the adoption process. Therefore, the photocopying guidelines and general Fair Use apply both during and after the adoption cycle. When it comes to materials designed to be consumable, such as worksheets, reproduction masters, etc., copyright law prohibits reproducing such works. However, as part of an adoption cycle, negotiations often result in granting districts permission to reproduce such materials, but usually only for the life of the adoption. Therefore, terms of the adoption contract govern what may be done during the adoption and what may or may not be done after the adoption has ended.

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Gary H. Becker National Copyright Law Consultant

A “Question of Copyright” is an ongoing column authored by Gary H. Becker, national Copyright law consultant and retired public school system technology administrator. If you have a question, pleased send it to You will receive an individual response and your question may appear in a future edition of FMQ. Requests to withhold names will be honored.

May 15, 2008 Final 2008 Legislative Session Report The 2008 Legislative Session will be remembered for one of the worst state budgets in Florida history. Public education took its share of cuts including some cuts to FAME priority issues. Both the library media materials item and the SUNLINK project took meaningful cuts, but it was the cuts to the base public school funding that might prove to be the worst for school library media services. FAME worked throughout the Session to limit the impact on school library media programs and public schools in general. Now, we will turn our attention to supporting local efforts to protecting library media programs as school districts conduct their budgeting processes for 2008-09.

Library Media Materials When the 2007 Session ended, Legislators planned to budget $15 million for library media materials, but after two rounds of mid-year cuts, $14.7 million was ultimately distributed in March 2008. The Legislature approved a budget for 20082009 of $14,307,419. So, in a little more than twelve months, the item has been shaved by nearly $700,000 or 4.67%. This is certainly not the right direction, but given the impact of the 2008-2009 budget on district operations, the outcome is not catastrophic either.

Bob Cerra FAME Governmental Consultant 206-B S Monroe Street Tallahassee, FL 32301 Phone: (850) 222-4428 Fax: (850) 222-4380 Email:

SUNLINK Funding for SUNLINK was also reduced in the 2008 Session. When the handkerchief dropped signaling the end of Session, $800,111 was the amount provided to support SUNLINK operations for the 2008-2009 fiscal year. This is reduced from $878,240 that was originally planned for 2007-2008 prior to the mid-

year cuts. Certainly, a cut of nearly 10% will have an impact on the level of service that the program can provide, but after discussing the situation with leadership at the program, I am confident that a meaningful project will remain.

Public School Operations What happened with regard to the State’s budget can only be described as a bait and switch. As late as January 25th when the Governor released his Budget Recommendations for 2008-2009, there was little talk about the fiscal crisis that was to swamp the Capital only weeks later. The Governor’s budget suggested a $1 billion increase for public schools to a total of $20 billion statewide. Instead, the Legislature both cut the 2007-2008 schools budget and reduced the 2008-2009 budget to a total potential of $18.4 billion. This is an 8% difference between what the Governor recommended and what the Legislature provided. How could the finances of the state crash that badly in such a short period of time? School districts are going to have to make significant cuts to operations because of the decisions made in Tallahassee. The Legislature claims that the cuts amount to only 1.84% per student compared to the final (after two rounds of cuts) 2007-2008 budget; however, they include within their remaining base two major items that are not within the current base for school districts. The new MAP program was funded at over $30 million. In addition, the Legislature provided almost $170 million for increased class size reduction costs that also cannot support the existing school district base budget. As such, most districts will need to cut 4% to 6% out of

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their base budgets in order to simply balance their current programs without any pay raises. This is not the fault of the local school boards or superintendents, but they will bear the brunt of making the cuts that impact programs and services needed by students and parents. By and large, districts statewide are making some cuts to school library programs, but a handful of districts have really targeted library media programs for devastating and disproportionate cuts. FAME is working with our members statewide to research the planned cuts and assist local groups of media specialists to mitigate the impact of any cuts on students. We know that strong library media programs support improved student performance. We know that the suggestions of groups like the Partnership for 21st Century Skills have recognized the skills taught as part of library media programs as being a key to students in the United States competing in a world economy. We know that even the Sunshine State Standards have been amended to reflect a growing respect for the needs for students to learn exactly what a good library media program would be teaching. FAME will work to deliver these messages to local policy makers in a positive manner to guide their decisions on local cuts.

Excellent Teacher Program Major cuts were made to this program. Those teachers and library media specialists who have the national certification will still receive a significant bonus in 20082009 for having the certification, but mentoring bonuses will only be prorated based upon how much money is left over after paying for the certification bonuses. As such, it is expected that many eligible teachers will simply reject performing any mentoring services. The state will not pay 90% of the application fee or the portfolio fee to teachers applying for national certification in 2008-2009. This is likely to virtually freeze the program’s growth of future participants.

Teachers Lead Program This program was cut statewide from $48 million in 20072008 to $36.8 million in 2008-2009. The total statewide allocation should support about $187 per instructional personnel for purchases of school supplies. The allocation in the 2007-2008 year was based upon $250 per instructional personnel. The program does include school library media specialists.

Constitutional Amendments

public education. I expect that the FAME Board of Directors will consider each of these amendments with a strong eye toward recommending a position to our members, but this has not happened as of yet. Amendment #5 will ask the citizens of Florida to direct the Legislature to eliminate the main school property taxes with a combination of additional sales taxes, eliminated sales tax exemptions and or budget cuts to other areas. Amendment #7 would remove a prohibition in the Florida Constitution to the government providing any direct support to a religious institution. Amendment #9 would authorize the Legislature to create any school voucher program that they deemed useful and would mandate certain minimum spending thresholds be met by local school boards (65% Solution). While the FAME Board of Directors has not taken positions on any Constitutional amendments at this time, I am particularly concerned about both the “tax swap proposal� (Amendment #5) and the voucher/65% solution proposal (Amendment #9), both amendments could adversely impact both public school funding in general and school library media programs for years to come.

Conclusions With the session over, FAME will continue to help our members to advocate locally with their districts to maintain viable, school library media programs. Please feel free to send information to me at to support the FAME effort to support and monitor local cuts to library media programs. The legislative committee will begin working on the 2009 FAME legislative Platform in late June and early July. If you have suggestions for any new issues or other changes to the positions that the organization has developed, please contact our committee chair, Helen Zientek, at or me at John Cerra and I are very proud of our relationship with FAME. We believe in the power of library media specialists and successful school media programs. We encourage our members to become actively involved in supporting local candidates for the Legislature that support library media programs and public schools in general. We also urge you to become very aware of the implications of the various Constitutional amendments before the November general elections.

In November, citizens will be asked to consider a number of proposed amendments to the Florida Constitution. Three of these amendments will have direct impacts on

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Dear FAME Member, As the lobbyist for FAME, I am very aware that the state budget provided by the Legislature to the school districts will result in substantial cuts to all types of education services. If your districts is making disproportionate cuts to school library media programs and/or positions, please let us know what the proposals are and the rationale for cutting school libraries more than the rest of the education program. FAME is doing its best to help to keep unfair cuts from being accepted into final district budgets. In order to assist, we need to have a good handle on what is being done at the district level. Please feel free to send a private email (not using your district’s email system) to my email at We want to make sure that we do not attack superintendents and/or school boards for having to make cuts. The Legislature has decided that they were unable or unwilling to provide for the current system. However, we do not want to watch certain districts to destroy their library media programs without doing something about it. Regards, Bob Cerra FAME Governmental Consultant

Interested in being a Florida Power-Library School? Come hear more about this distinguished recognition at a free session at FAME on Thursday, September 25, 2008 at 1:00 - 2:45 p.m. Bring your administrator and key collaborative colleagues.

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Florida Media Quarterly (FMQ)

is the Florida Association of Media in Education (FAME) electronic magazine published quarterly. Each issue includes articles of interest to all media specialists. Special columns focusing on technology, copyright, and book reviews, as well as feature articles on topical issues are written by colleagues and specialists to keep media specialists on the cutting edge. FMQ is available online in .PDF format from the FAME website at

How to Submit Articles

How to Submit Book Reviews

Have you completed a research project you want to share with other media specialists? Have you just returned from a trip where you witnessed exciting innovations for media specialists? Have you learned a new technique, found a new product or service, or just have information that you want to share?

Please follow the steps below to submit book reviews to FMQ. Submissions should be in Word or Word Perfect documents and be clearly written.

Format Submissions should be in Word or Word Perfect documents. Articles should be clearly written and may be accompanied by black and white photographs, charts, or graphs; however, please do not embed your visuals into the text.

1) Read the book. 2) Include the following in your review: • author • title • illustration • publishers • copyright • ISBN • grade level appropriateness

All photographs, charts, and graphs accompanying articles should be submitted as .jpg or .eps files and must be submitted along with the article. You may indicate where you would like them placed, if you have a preference, by simply noting it in BOLD in your text.

3) Email the review to Pat Dedicos, FMQ Editor, at including • a .jpg of yourself • the name of your school • address of your school • your position • your email address


Deadlines and Focus of FMQ

Materials, once submitted, become the property of Florida Media Quarterly (FMQ). The editor reserves the right to publish the article in the most suitable issue. Materials will not be returned. Authors are responsible for the accuracy of the material submitted and for any and all copyright permissions necessary.

The publication dates and focus of each FMQ issue has been provided below to help you plan article submissions; however, you may submit articles at any time of the year. The FMQ editor will select from the articles submitted for placement in the most suitable issue.

Photographs and Graphics

How to Submit Articles Submit articles via email directly to Pat Dedicos, FMQ Editor, at Please include the following information with your article: • a .jpg of yourself • the name of your school • address of your school • your position • your email address


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Emergent Trends in Media Programs

August 1

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Promoting Your Media Program

November 1

December 1


Evaluating Your Media Program

February 1

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Summer Tips for a Successful Media Program

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