MaryAlice Anderson

Teaching, Learning and Leadership
College of Education, Hospitality, Health and Human Sciences

Office: NA Vocational Rehabilitation Building
Phone: 507-452-1180
Personal website:

Brief Biography

Mary Alice Anderson teaches EDUC 642 Teaching Digital Media Literacy in the Content Areas. She has over forty years experience as an educator and 12 years as an online educator. She worked as a middle school media specialist and as the District’s Lead Media Specialist. As a school media specialist she worked with teachers to help them integrate media/technology throughout all curriculum areas and coordinated technology staff development activities. The middle school media program was recognized for technology innovation at the state and national levels. As a lead media specialist she worked with architects and educators to plan several new media centers and the co-webmaster for the district’s web site. She worked with several software and print technology companies including World Book Publishing as they were developing new products, presented workshops on media/technology topics throughout several Midwestern states and worked with the Minnesota Department of Education, The Minnesota Digital Library, and other organizations in areas such as curriculum writing. She has published over 100 articles in journals such as Multimedia Schools, School Library Media Connection and School Library Journal and contributed chapters to several professional books. She was a Library of Congress American Memory Fellow and a member of the Library’s Professional Development task force. She currently writes an ongoing column for Internet@Schools and reviews professional materials for School Library Connection.

Teaching Interests: Using Digital Primary Sources to enhance student learning

Professional Interests: School Media Centers, Primary Sources, Using technology as a teaching and learning tool, Writing


    • School Media Supervisor License
      St. Cloud State University
      St. Cloud, MN, United States, 1989
    • MA English
      Winona State University
      Winona, MN, United States, 1975
    • BS English
      Winona State College
      Winona, MN, United States, 1968

Intellectual Contributions

    Journal Article

    • Anderson, M. The New Media Center (ongoing column). Internet@Schools, Information Today.

    Book, Chapter

    • Anderson, M. (2014). Discovering Local History Resources in your Own Backyard. .

Reviewer / Editor

    Reviewer, Book

    • Library Library Connection (formerly LMC)

      Write review of professional materials (September 2010 - Present)

    Member, Editorial Advisory Committee

    • World Book Publishing (January 1990 - December 2006)

Awards, Fellowships, Honors, and Scholarships


    • American Memory Program Fellow, Library of Congress (July 1999)


    • National School Media/Technology Program Recognition, Gale / Information Today (April 1997)


    • Library Media Technology Leader Award, Minnesota Educatinal Media Organization (October 1994)



    • Judge, Southeast Minnesota History Day (March 2012 - Present)
    • Member, Library of Congress Education Outreach Committee (September 2008 - October 2011)


    • Board of Directors, Great River Shakespeare Festival (November 2015 - Present)
    • Volunteer, Minnesota Marine Art Museum (November 2015 - Present)
    • Volunteer Steering Committee Co-Chair, Communications Chair, , Great River Shakespeare Festival (September 2011 - Present)
    • Committee Member, Winona County Historical Society (January 2011 - Present)