Digital Collection Development

 In Past, Webinar

Wednesday, March 20, 5:00pm EDT

Purchasing digital educational content is tricky business. The big trade publishers can change licensing agreements in ways that impact schools because K-12 is not their priority market. Textbook publishing, which seemed simple and profitable in the print format is far more complex for eTexts. The term “eBook” calls to mind an alphabet soup of delivery formats (EPUB, MOBI, AZW, IBA, PDF, and more). Purchasing as we have traditionally known it is replaced by a wide array of “leasing” models where a dropped contract can result in collection depletion. Managing a digital collection requires attention to detail. The screen reading vs. print reading debate rages on.

In the meantime, software developers scramble to innovate e-reading for education with varying degrees of success. A decade ago, the eBook market was labeled as the wild west of publishing, and while much has changed, volatility has not. In this edWebinar, join Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair at New Canaan High School in Connecticut, and Mesa Heise, Director of Digital Services at Mackin Educational Resources, for a discussion about effective digital collection development in K-12 schools.


Michelle Luhtala

Director Library Department Chair, New Canaan High School, CT

Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair at New Canaan High School in Connecticut, was one of five school librarians named as a “Mover and Shaker” by Library Journal in 2015. She is the winner of the 2011 “I Love My Librarian” Award and the Library Association’s 2010 Outstanding Librarian Award. The New Canaan High School Library won AASL’s National School Library Program of the year in 2010. Follow Michelle on Twitter @mluhtala.

Mesa Heise

Director or Digital Services, Mackin Educational Resources

Mesa Heise, Mackin’s Director of Digital Services, brings a wealth of experience to the company and the customers it serves. Her expert infusion into this family-owned business is evidenced by the deep knowledge and dedicated passion she shares every day with school administrators, librarians, media specialists and teachers. An experienced and vivacious presence, Mesa serves as Mackin’s chief public speaker. Throughout the year, she travels the country, attending national and local conferences, educating the public on the virtues of Mackin and their free digital resource management system, MackinVIA. Her contributions to Mackin go beyond public education. Mesa has been instrumental in the design of the user interface and functionality of MackinVIA and the eBook reader. It is through her persistent efforts and tireless energy that Mackin has remained at the forefront of the print and digital realm within PK- 12 education.

Mesa Heise