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Mackin Sponsors Food and Donations Drive

This holiday season, Mackin is sponsoring a food drive and a gift card/monetary donations collection for two local community organizations. From Friday, December 6, through noon on Monday, December 16, Mackin will receive donations during the work week at its Burnsville, Minnesota, headquarters.

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Findaway World, Mackin Partner to Launch PreK–12 Audiobook Platform

By Karyn M. Peterson on November 12, 2013

Findaway World and Mackin Educational Resources have partnered to provide access to more than 31,000 digital downloadable audiobooks for PreK–12 schools and their students directly through MackinVIA. This audiobook library will be completely customizable, and will allow schools to to purchase only the titles they want without needing to pay for any annual subscription or hosting fees.

“This significant opportunity is just one of many that has helped to propel Mackin into position as a solid industry leader by providing schools with relevant digital audio content,” says Randal Heise, Mackin’s president, in the announcement. “Unlike other systems, these audiobooks are accessible inside their free MackinVIA portal and won’t require other applications or logging out to enjoy.”

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Mackin Celebrates 30 Years, Supports Local Literacy

By Claire Kirchon November 12, 2013

Mackin Educational Resources has a lot to celebrate while it marks its 30th anniversary this fall as a distributor of books and educational materials for the school library market. The company, which was launched in 1983 out of the trunk of co-owners Kitty Heise and Randal Heise’s station wagon, netted $40 million in revenues in 2010, according to Twin Cities Business, and employs between 350 and 420 people (depending upon the season) in its 110,000-square-foot facility in the Minneapolis outer-ring suburb of Burnsville, Minn. More than 50% of U.S. school districts, the Heises say, buy their opening-day collections from Mackin. Company executives report that 3.5 million titles appropriate for the pre-K to 12th-grade market...

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School libraries: A shift to digital

Research has proven that students with early access to printed materials and to technology, as well as to endorsed librarians, earn higher scores on standardized reading tests. With a growing emphasis on increasing student learning and developing technology options in districts across the country, teachers and librarians are finding their traditional roles changing and becoming more collaboration based. In “School libraries: A shift to digital” (eSchool News, September 4, 2013), the managing editor, Laura Devaney (@eSN_Laura), explores this educational evolution and resources available to teachers and librarians. The article features a case study of Van Meter Community School’s efforts led by Shannon Miller (@shannonmiller), district teacher librarian and technology specialist, and the popular MackinVIA content management system.

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School Turns Another Page Austin Herald

Randal, who co-owns Mackin Educational Resources along with his wife Kitty Heise, grew up not far from where the new I.J. Holton building now stands. He and ...

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New Holton School Library Gets Stocked

"Today we're actually putting up the collection," said Randal Heise, CEO of Mackin Educational Resources. “We are a company that provides library books to ...

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