MACUL_SIGLIB September Newsletter


Back to School!

MACUL SIG LIB would like to wish everyone a great start to the new 2018-2019 school year. We're looking forward to seeing everyone at this year's SIG LIB sponsored MACUL Workshops on March 20, 2019 at Cobo Hall or at the MACUL Conference on March 21-22. Read on for details!

Updated Future Ready Librarian Framework

An updated Future Ready Librarian Framework was announced at ISTE this past summer. The new framework has the learner and literacy at the center. Literacy now touches all eight wedges of the Future Ready Librarian Framework as it is at the heart of what school librarians do. You can find the new framework at the Future Ready Library webpage.

An ISTE Librarian Site was also announced at ISTE. The new site contains tools, strategies, and resources. You can find it at

AASL Standards Crosswalk with Future Ready and ISTE Standards

AASL has published crosswalks between the National School Library Standards and the Future Ready framework, ISTE Student Standards, and ISTE Educator Standards. You can find the crosswalks at:

2019 MACUL Conference Registration is Open

2019 Macul Conference

March 20-22, 2019

Cobo Center, Detroit Michigan

The MACUL conference gives attendees an opportunity to explore new tools, discover the latest trends, gain valuable resource and network with like-minded educators.

Keynote Speakers: Stephen Ritz and Gerry Brooks

Registration and hotel reservations are now open!

Register here.


MACUL SIG LIB is Sponsoring Five Workshops!

1) Future Ready Librarians: Leading Beyond the Library AM

2) Digital Citizenship in Action! PM

3) Online Resources to Support the Literacy Essentials AM

4) Promoting STEM through Literature PM

5) Designing or Renovating your Makerspace PM

March 20, 2019

Cobo Center, Detroit Michigan


Future Ready Librarians - Leading Beyond the Library

AM Session: 8:30am - 12:00pm

A Future Ready Librarian is an integral part of a Future Ready organization. Join Dr. Kristen Mattson, a member of the Future Ready Librarian leadership team and 2018 ISTE Emerging Leader, for this workshop to help you identify your strengths as a leader, your opportunities to make an impact, and to equip yourself with plenty of strategies and ideas for expanding your influence.

Sponsored by Follett.

Digital Citizenship in Action! Digital Citizenship in Action!

PM Session: 1:00pm - 4:30pm

Expand your concept of digital citizenship education with this workshop designed to help you think beyond rules and risks while empowering your students to reflect on opportunities, community building, and civic engagement through the use of digital tools. This hands-on, engaging session with ISTE Author and 2018 ISTE Emerging Leader, Dr. Kristen Mattson, will give you plenty of ideas and activities to use with students right away!

Sponsored by Follett.

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Online Resources to Support Literacy Essentials

AM Session: 8:30am - 12:00pm

Teacher-librarian Maggie Rohde and a MeL representative will look at a variety of online resources that will support the Michigan Literacy Essentials best practices ( Attendees will learn how to use these resources with students and will have some hands-on time to explore. New MeL resources will be included during the presentation as the new MeL contract goes into effect October 2018.

Promoting STEM through Literature

PM Session: 1:00pm - 4:30pm

Use literature to get your students excited about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by actively involving them in the design thinking process. Develop their inquiry and problem-solving skills, while helping them see that with perseverance, anyone can be innovative and invent new things! Judy Bowling and Kerry Guiliano will walk you through a lesson that begins with a reading activity and moves into the design thinking process, focusing on one of the Maker Kit items available for free checkout through your local REMC in Michigan. All of the STEM through Literature lessons are also available for free.

Designing or Renovating your Makerspace

PM Session: 1:00pm - 4:30pm

This hands-on workshop will be led by Nicholas Provenzano, Makerspace Director at University Liggett School in Grosse Point Woods and Angela Loewecke, Interior Designer with Demco. If you are looking to create a Makerspace or update an existing space within the next 12-18 months, this pre-conference session is for you. Nicholas and Angela will provide an overview of the renovation of the University Liggett School Makerspace that opened in the fall of 2018. The latter half of this session will provide an opportunity for you to begin working through your Makerspace project plans with guidance from Nicholas and Angela.

You will leave this pre-conference session with a plan on how to tackle your Makerspace project.

Partnership with SIG PL.

Sponsored by DEMCO.




School Librarians Critical to Student Success

The critical role of school library media specialists in education was featured in an 8/2/2018 Detroit News opinion article.

Representatives Adam Zemke, Darrin Camilleri, and Christine Greig are supporting a school librarian in every school. You can read about it here and take action to support this effort here.