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By Tim Staal


Many of us who have been MACUL members for a long time remember that the journal used to include a column entitled “Technology and the Media Center” written by a distinguished Library Media Specialist by the name of Ric Wiltse. In this column I hope to follow in the steps of our fearless leader and share some perspectives on technology from the point of view of a school librarian. As a long time member of both MACUL and MAME I have long seen the many ways in which the worlds of technology and libraries intersect. We Librarians

The REMC Association of Michigan (REMCAM) members are the 28 regional educational media centers (REMCs). REMCs provide programs and services locally through the intermediate school districts. They also work collaboratively, through the Association, to identify and fund statewide projects that support quality teaching and learning and provide equity to Michigan’s preK-12 students (



Statewide projects address improving educational opportunities for students, supporting the needs of member REMCs


have long known that information comes in many formats; print, digital, audio, video, personal. Because of that we called ourselves “Media Specialists”.

In this column I will be exploring the future of libraries, especially school libraries in technology rich situations, so it will be called Achieving Library 2.0.

First a little background: I am currently the executive director of MAME, the Michigan Association for Media in Education. I was formerly Director of Media and Information Technology at Jenison Public Schools for a number of years, where we had a vision of technology being integrated into all subjects. I have just accepted a position as Librarian at the American School of Bombay, where among other things, the Superintendent has tasked me with helping to conceive and implement a new Library 2.0 for digital global learners in an international school with a one-to-one laptop program.

and having both statewide application and impact. Our current projects include:

Ø Blended Learning in the Classroom – provide teachers with the professional development and support they need to become successful in their transition to a blended model of teaching. Anticipated launch: Fall 2012

Ø Connected Educator Series – Brings the ideas and practices of exceptional technology using educators directly to teachers and administrators in an easy to access, easy to use video format. Available at MI Streamnet (www. and Michigan’s MI Learning on iTunes U (www.macul. org/milearning). [ connectededucator]

Ø Michigan Learns Online – Information and resources about participating in, developing or delivering online learning. Includes a growing repository of lessons, units and courses for use in teaching online (www.milearnsonline. org).

Ø MI Streamnet - Live and on-demand video resources for educators including Michigan Merit Exam administration,


Very exciting stuff! Over the course of the next few columns, I hope to be able to discuss what essential conditions are necessary to begin to implement a Library 2.0 within a school, and some of the perils, pitfalls and practicalities of doing so. We’ll look at space issues, resources issues, staffing issues, and of course the issues related to the role of the school librarian within the instructional process. We’ll examine how new technology has changed and is changing that role and how we need to change to take best advantage of new technologies as they become available. We should even be able to explore how schools and libraries and technologies have become global and international and how to thrive in this flat village of the world in the 21st Century.

Tim Staal is a past-president of MACUL and currently serves as the Executive Director of MAME. He will be moving to Mumbai, India to become Librarian at the American School of Bombay. Email:

State Board of Education meetings, MACUL conference sessions, the REMC Connected Educator Series plus a wide variety of classroom curriculum material (

Ø $AVE Bid Project - Volume bid pricing for Computers, Peripherals and Hardware, Network Electronics, Supplies, Software, Equipment and Paper. Michigan schools saved $51,000,000 in 2010 (www.remcbids. org).

Ø Streaming Video Project (RSVP) - Online access to relevant instructional video and the Michigan Comprehensive Health Model video at no cost to schools (

Ø 21Things4Students – Virtual/hybrid classroom course for students in grades 6-12 to learn and demonstrate basic technology proficiency (

Sue Schwartz is the Executive Director for The REMC Association. If you have any questions about the REMC Association or its projects, contact Sue at


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