Mary Anderson

Phone: 507/452-1180

Mary Alice Anderson teaches Teaching Digital Media Literacy in the Content Areas.

She received a Top Online Educator recognition from Walter McKenzie's Surf Aquarium.

Mary Alice was a Library of Congress American Memory Fellow in 1999. She and her American Memory partner developed a lesson about German immigration to the upper Midwest. In 2008 she was appointed to a Library of Congress Curriculum Review Panel. She volunteers for the Winona County Historical Society as a member of the education committee, area history day coalition, and helps with special events. She recently worked with a team of educators to develop educator guides for primary resources in the Minnesota Reflections collections.

She writes the "Media Center" column for Internet @Schools and reviews professional materials for Library Media Connection journal. She also published articles in School Library Journal, LMC Connection, and other journals. Read selected articles of Mary Alice's on her blog. She has recently written “Discovering Local History Resources in Your Own Back Yard,” a chapter for Interacting with History: Teaching with Primary Source. (Kathy Lehman, editor, ALA Fall 2012). Other book publications include a chapter on staff development in the Educational Media Technology Yearbook 2000 (Libraries Unlimited) and Skills for Life: Information Literacy for Grades 7-12 (co-editor, Linworth 1999). She has contributed to several other publications such as Collaborating to Meet the Standards 7 - 12 (Toni Buzzeo, Editor. Linworth, 2002) and Whole School Library Handbook, (Blanche Woolls and David V. Loertscher, editors, ALA, 2005).   

Mary Alice previously worked for Winona Area Public Schools, Winona, Minnesota as a Media Specialist at the middle school and in a district-wide position.  She collaborated with the County Historical Society to develop a website about Winona's early history and in implementing a grant project that brought primary sources and programming into the middle school.

Mary Alice was an "early adopter" of technologies such as media center automation, online encyclopedias, the Internet and school web pages. She worked with her principal and teachers to develop a school media/technology program that was well known for its technology rich environment and high degree of technology integration throughout the curriculum. The program was the recipient of the National Gale Discovering/Multimedia Schools Information Technology Award. Mary Alice and her principal also received state awards from the Minnesota Educational Media Organization (MEMO). She also chaired many of the district's technology staff development initiatives including an annual summer technology staff development academy for educators in Southeast Minnesota.

As the District Lead Media Specialist she worked with teachers and media staff district-wide, planned and conducted technology workshops, worked with media staff and architects to plan three new media centers and collection improvement initiatives. She also worked with the District Communications Office to develop and coordinate the district website.

Mary Alice speaks and provides workshops at conferences on topics related to primary sources, web 2.0 tools and other issues of interest to educators. She was a member of the World Book Publishing Editorial Advisory Board and has worked with other several publishing and software companies.

Mary Alice taught Integrating Technology in the Elementary Curriculum at Winona State University and has served on education advisory committees for the university. She also teaches for Minnesota State University-Mankato.

Mary Alice has been an active member of MEMO for many years and held many leadership positions including state vice President and Telecommunications chair. She also worked with teams that developed the Minnesota Standards for Effective Library Media Programs and criteria for the Census of Minnesota Media Programs.

Mary Alice received Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in English from Winona State University. Her library and media supervisor licenses were earned at Winona State University and St. Cloud State University, also in Minnesota.

Mary Alice and her husband, Bob, have two Siamese cats, Nudder and Cody. They enjoy gardening, bike riding, exploring technology, entertaining, attending Winona State basketball games, and visiting with friends. Mary Alice also enjoys scrapbooking and is an avid Friend of Will, a volunteer group supporting the Great River Shakespeare Festival. Mary Alice compiles and edits the Friends of Will e-newsletter in addition to serving on the Friends steering and advancement committees and working at the Festival.

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Visit her blog, Random Thoughts: Change & Other Stuff

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