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Press Release | Announces Mackin Sponsorship of Emerging Tech PLC for School Librarians

Not K-12 distance, online and blended learning related…  but I wanted to pass this on as I figured that some of my readers would be interested. - A professional social network for the education community
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Announces Mackin Sponsorship of Emerging Tech PLC for School Librarians

PRINCETON, NJ, December 5, announces Mackin Educational Resources as the new sponsor of Emerging Tech, a free professional learning community (PLC) that helps librarians integrate technology into school library programs. The Emerging Tech community began in 2010 and has over 10,000 members who are on the leading edge of transforming libraries into centers for 21st century learning. Librarians have been increasingly recognized as leaders in using technology and digital resources to transform learning.

The Emerging Tech PLC was launched through the collaboration of founder, Lisa Schmucki, and Michelle Luhtala, Department Chair of the New Canaan, CT, High School Library and a 2015 Library Journal Mover & Shaker. In 2010, Lisa and Michelle met at a conference and launched the idea of an online community that would host monthly, interactive webinars to help school librarians share ideas on transforming their roles and student learning. Some of the more recent culminations of this movement include Transforming Your School Library and Future Ready Librarians.

Mackin Educational Resources kicked off their sponsorship of the Emerging Tech community with the webinar, “Future Ready Librarians,” with Michelle Luhtala; Mark Ray, Chief Digital Officer for Vancouver Public Schools; and Sara Trettin, Open Education and Digital Engagement Lead, Office of Educational Technology, U.S. Department of Education.

In November, Emerging Tech presented the webinar, “Building a Digital Collection,” with Michelle Luhtala and Andrew Marcinek, Former Chief Open Education Advisor for the U.S. Department of Education. They discussed the latest in digital collection development, including the #GoOpeninitiative, and how to make all resources accessible and usable for all learners.

Emerging Tech’s next webinar, “Personalizing Instruction Through the Library,” will take place on January 18th and will discuss how school librarians can enhance their learning communities’ capacity for personalized learning experiences through collaboration, instructional partnership, direct instruction, professional development, and leadership.

Lisa Schmucki, founder of commented, “We are delighted that Mackin Educational Resources is sponsoring the Emerging Tech community as part of all the wonderful work they do to support librarians in transforming their role in the learning ecosystem and their library spaces, in both the physical and online world.”

“Representation at this esteemed level by such renowned professionals is in keeping with our desire to continually offer relevant information related to library growth and transformation,” stated Randal Heise, co-owner of Mackin. “This community that we are sponsoring provides us with the perfect channel to speak to educators who possess the same passion and focus.”

Librarians are invited to join the free Emerging Tech professional learning community on edWeb.netfor invitations to upcoming webinars, online discussions, and access to resources.

For more information, contact: 

Lisa Schmucki, Founder and CEO,
908-407-2755 |

Troy Mikell, Director of Marketing & Communications, Mackin Educational Resources
800-245-9540 |

About is a free professional learning and social network that is a highly engaged community of connected educators who are on the leading edge of innovation in education. edWeb members are teachers, faculty, administrators, and librarians at PreK-12 and post-secondary institutions who are working together to provide peer leadership, training, and support. Educators are creating their own communities on edWeb, and also participating in edWeb’s professional learning communities and webinar programs. edWeb’s growing ecosystem is a collaboration space where educators and thought leaders in the education industry gather and share ideas that can improve learning for all students. Learn more at or follow on Twitter @edwebnet.

About Mackin Educational Resources
For more than 34 years, Mackin Educational Resources has provided library and classroom materials for grades PK-12. Working with over 18,000 publishers and a database of more than 2.5 million printed titles and more than 1.5 million digital titles, Mackin supplies print books, eBooks, online educational databases, audiobooks, video resources, Makerspace resources and more, along with digital content management and custom collection analysis services. A true partner in education, Mackin’s continued success and unblemished reputation is known by thousands of teachers, administrators, and librarians across the country and throughout the world. Learn more at, 621 Executive Drive, Princeton, NJ 08540

[AECT] News & Notes – December 5, 2016

Another regular newsletter from yesterday’s inbox…

December 5, 2016

NEWS&NOTESThe purpose of each weekly issue is to provide information and to engage members in the diverse opportunities and activities of your association.

CHALLENGE #1. The White House and the U.S. Department of Education have launched the EdSim Challenge with $680,000 in cash prizes and sponsor prizes from IBM, Microsoft, Oculus, and Samsung. The Challenge calls for concepts for educational simulations, using the latest virtual and augmented reality technology, that will help students prepare for the high-demand jobs of the future. Check out this opportunity.

CHALLENGE #2. Georgia Tech and IDEO have partnered to sponsor a Future of Higher Ed Challenge, which will give faculty, staff, and students the opportunity to submit their ideas on how both Georgia Tech and the global higher ed community can innovate and meet the challenges of tomorrow. For details, click on the challenge website.

JACKSONVILLE IN 2017. Be a vital participant in the AECT International Convention next year in Jacksonville, Florida, by proposing a session. The theme is “Leading Learning for Change.” Start planning now and look for the call for session proposals on the AECT website.

LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES. Division elections go live in January. Would you like to have a leadership role? The AECT Divisions are key to the association’s success. Contact your Division president and find out how you can become one of AECT’s future leaders. Check the Divisions section of the AECT website for more information.

HANDBOOK DEADLINE EXTENDED. The deadline to respond to the Call for Proposals for the 5th edition of Handbook of Research on Educational Communications and Technology has been extended to January 15, 2017. For details click on the website link.

CORRECTED DATES – TEACHER EDUCATION FOCUS. The 2017 International Teacher Education Conference (ITEC) will be held August 16-18, not September 6-8, as previously stated, at the Harvard University Faculty Club in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It’s not too early to begin thinking about your participation in this AECT-co-sponsored event. For information go to the ITEC website.

Bookmark the AECT website and make it your go-to place for information about your professional association. Check in often. There’s always something new!

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