MAME Community Collaboration Award Presented to Gale’s Christine Schneider

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Michigan Association for Media in Education (MAME) is Michigan’s professional association for highly effective school librarians. The general purpose of the Association is to increase student achievement by supporting high-quality school libraries in Michigan. In doing so, MAME has increased their advocacy for certified librarians in every school throughout the state. During their annual conference this past November in Lansing, various awards were presented to MAME members and those who support the aims and goals of the organization.  One of the awards is the Community Collaboration Award, which recognizes exemplary collaboration between school librarian(s) and a community member(s) not affiliated with the school district in implementing effective connections that benefit the school library programming and/or students in the school library setting.  The 2017 Community Collaboration Award recipient was Gale employee, Christine Schneider, who is the Michigan eLibrary (MeL) K-12 Education Specialist.

What an honor to have received this award! I was completely surprised and thrilled to be recognized by MAME and school librarians for my support and contribution to their profession. Despite the loss of so many school librarians over the past decade, MAME continues to advocate for the importance of school librarians as an integral part of a student’s K-12 education. It has been my privilege to support their efforts. I am so appreciative of Gale and the Michigan eLibrary for the vision to have created and enabled my unique position, so that I can help drive the use of quality, subscription content into the classroom. Gale databases have been a major focus of my training efforts, especially since Gale resources account for approximately two-thirds of MeL’s database content. I look forward to continuing to grow the awareness of Gale and MeL, especially in the Michigan K-12 community.

-Christine Schneider

Please join us in congratulating Christine for all of her influential efforts this year.


About the Award Recipient


Christine joined Gale as the MeL K-12 Education Specialist in December 2015, following nearly ten years as a high school math and English teacher in the Metro Detroit area. As the MeL K-12 Education Specialist, Christine travels throughout the state, and works with educators so they understand the value of MeL and how to integrate MeL resources into the curriculum. In just under two years, Christine has trained well over 6,500 Michigan educators and presented at numerous education conferences. In addition to in-person and virtual training, Christine has developed the MeL Teachers portal, which includes several centers such as a Training Toolkit and Parent Resources Center.  Outside of work, she loves spending time with her 13 year-old twin girls, and is a competitive bowler.


Banner image from left to right:
Kladuia Janek, MAME President 2018; School Librarian for International Academy in Bloomfield
Erica Trowbridge,  School Library Media Specialist & Technology Coach, Oakridge Public Schools (Muskegon)
Christine Schneider
Randy Riley, Michigan State Librarian
Deb Renee Biggs, MeL Outreach Coordinator, Library of Michigan
Lisa Kelley, Information Literacy Specialist, Rochester Community Schools

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