Randal Heise

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Randal Heise

Co-OwnerMackin Burnsville, MN

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For more than 34 years, Mackin has provided library and classroom materials for grades PK-12. Known the world over for exemplary service and a stringent attention to detail, Mackin has access to more than 18,000 publishers and a collection of more than 2.5 million printed titles, MackinMaker makerspace products, and 1.5 million digital titles including eBooks, audio books, databases and video resources available through their free, state-of-the-art digital resource management system, MackinVIA.  This highly sought-after digital management tool has been awarded distinctive awards including Best of Show at ISTE and Awards of Excellence by Tech & Learning in both 2015 and 2016, as well as the Modern Library Award in 2017.  Today, MackinVIA is found in thousands of schools and accessed by more than nine million students around the world. For more information, visit www.mackin.com or call 800-245-9540.

What trends do you see in the library market?
Today’s school library market is presently enduring the largest paradigm shift it has experienced since the introduction of the stand-alone online automated catalog. K-12 school libraries are being challenged to remain relevant in the digital world and I believe that this is the very biggest opportunity ever for school libraries and professional school librarians to showcase their importance and relevancy within the educational process. Teacher Librarians must seize the moment and take the lead as purveyors of knowledge and vital information sources and resources that will serve to accelerate and increase the ability of every classroom teacher and administrator to improve and enhance learning. 

In response, Mackin has created and supports their new initiative, Transform Your School Library (TYSL). This movement serves as a common ground for libraries and educators to share ideas, concepts and practices that support the concept of change in the library. Visit the website for more information: www.mackintysl.com.

What motivates you to be a member of TLA?
All of us at Mackin have been motivated for almost twenty years to support and be active members because TLA makes a real difference. TLA is the future of education in Texas and educators across the nation look to TLA members as exemplary leaders with real passion and an endless dedication to children and students of all ages.

Created on Apr 5, 2015 | Last updated September 18, 2017