The name of this organization shall be the Ohio Educational Library Media Association (OELMA) hereinafter referred to as the Association or OELMA.  The Association is incorporated according to the laws of the State of Ohio.


Section 1.  This Association shall exist exclusively for educational, literary and scientific purposes.  Its objectives shall be to undertake, sponsor, or promote programs for improvement of learning in Ohio through the effective and efficient use of educational media.

Section 2.  No part of the net earnings of the Association shall inure to the benefit of an individual member.

Section 3.  This Association accepts and subscribes to the provisions of the Code of Ethics of the Education Profession, adopted by the NEA Representative Assembly, July 1975, and to the Mission and Goals of the American Association of School Librarians, ALA, 1999.


Section 1.  Any person, regardless of age, race, sex, religion, or national origin, in accord with the objectives of this Association shall be eligible for active membership upon payment of the annual dues.

Section 2.  The fiscal and membership year shall extend from January 1 to December 31.

Section 3.  The dues structure for OELMA shall be determined by a surface mail vote of the general membership.

Section 4.  Any member whose dues are thirty (30) days in arrears, and who has received official notification of this provision and all membership benefits for which said member has paid, shall automatically be dropped from membership in this Association.

Section 5.  The Board of Directors may confer honorary or complimentary memberships by three-fourths vote at any Board meeting.  An honorary member shall have none of the obligations of membership but shall be entitled to all the privileges except that of holding office.


Section 1.  The officers of this Association shall be a President, a Vice-President who shall be President-Elect, a Secretary, and a Treasurer.

Section 2.  The officers shall be elected according to the procedure in Article IX and shall assume office on January 1 following the Annual Membership Meeting.

Section 3.  Each officer shall hold office for a term of one (1) year or until a successor is elected except the Secretary and Treasurer, who shall hold office for a term of two (2) years.  The Secretary and Treasurer shall be elected in alternating years.  No officer shall be eligible for immediate re-election to the same office.

Section 4.  A vacancy in any elective office other than the President or Vice-President may be filled by appointment by a majority vote of the Board of Directors.

Section 5.  Should the office of President become vacant, the Vice-President shall become President.

Section 6.  Should the office of Vice-President become vacant, the Nominating Committee shall present the Board with a slate of not more than two (2) candidates, the position shall be filled by appointment by a majority vote of the Board of Directors.

Section 7.  In the normal succession of elected officers to fill unexpired terms as described in Sections 5 and 6, should the unexpired term be of more than six (6) months, it shall be considered as a full term of office, and should the unexpired term be of less than six (6) months, it shall not be considered a full term, and the individual succeeding should expect to complete the unexpired term plus one (1) year in office.


Section 1.  The President shall preside at all meetings of the Association and the Board of Directors; conduct all business of the Association under the direction of the Board; appoint committee chairs as needed in consultation with the Board, be an ex-officio member of all committees, represent or designate a representative of the Association to other organizations; sign contracts, agreements, and legal documents.

Section 2.  The Vice-President shall perform the duties of the President in the President's absence or incapacity, serve as chair of the Annual Conference held in conjunction with the Annual Membership Meeting, and perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the President or Board of Directors.

Section 3.  The Secretary shall keep minutes of all membership meetings and of the meetings of the Board in separate books provided for that purpose, prepare and submit summaries of the minutes for publication, and perform such other duties as prescribed by the President or Board of Directors.

Section 4.  The Treasurer shall oversee and be responsible for the receipt, disbursement, and accounting of all funds of the Association; shall submit a written financial statement at each regular Board meeting and at the Annual membership Meeting; chair the budget and Finance Committee; present the financial records for audit at least once a year; and perform such other duties as prescribed by the President or the Board of Directors.


Section 1.  One (1) meeting each year, designated by the Board, shall be the Annual Membership Meeting and shall be for the purpose of receiving reports, introducing officers, and conducting any other general business that may arise.

Section 2.  Special meetings may be called by the President.  The purpose of the meeting shall be stated in the call.  Except in cases of extreme emergency, at least thirty (30) days notice shall be given.

Section 3.  If issues arise in the interim between general meetings which require a vote of the members, such a vote may be conducted by mail in a manner determined by the board of Directors.

Section 4.  Fifty (50) members shall constitute a quorum.


Section 1.  The Board of Directors shall be composed of the elected officers, the immediate Past President, and one or more directors from each geographical region - those regions and number of directors having been determined by the Board.  The terms office for regional directors shall be two (2) years with at least one-half being elected each year.  No regional director may be elected as director more than two (2) consecutive terms on the Board.

Section 2.  Regional directors shall be elected according to the procedure in Article IX and shall assume office January 1 following the annual Membership Meeting.

Section 3.  A vacancy in any Board position other than elected officers may be filled by a majority vote of the Board of Directors.

Section 4.  The Board of Directors is responsible for approving policies of the Association and for overseeing the implementation of such policies.  The Board receives reports from committees, takes action on recommendations of the committees, and proposes action as necessary.

Section 5.  The Board shall meet at the call of the President.  Notice of the meeting shall be sent to each director at least three weeks before the meeting.  Special meetings of the Board may be called upon written request of one-half of the membership of the Board with at least seven (7) days notice given in cases of extreme emergency.

Section 6.  One-half of the Board members including at least two (2) officers shall constitute a quorum.

Section 7.  The Board may vote by mail, surface or electronic, when necessary or desirable.  Results of the vote and any action taken under these circumstances shall be reported at and included in the minutes of the next regular meeting of the Board.

Section 8.  Summaries of Board action shall be published and distributed to the membership.

Section 9.  The Board may appoint an Executive Director to serve as the administrative officer of the Association functioning within the policies established by the Board.  This position shall be reviewed annually by the Board.


Section 1.  There shall be an Executive Committee composed of the elected officers, immediate Past President, and one director elected by the regional directors.

Section 2.  This committee shall serve in an advisory and planning capacity for the Association, shall act within the control and direction of the Board, and shall bring its recommendations to the Board for action.

Section 3.  The Executive Committee shall meet at the call of the President or upon written request of one-half of the members of the Board.



Section 1.  A Nominating Committee composed of one (1) member from each geographical region shall be appointed by the President from a list of names submitted by the Board.  The Nominating Committee shall prepare a slate of not more than two (2) candidates for each office to be filled.  The consent of each nominee shall be obtained in advance.

Section 2.  At least sixty (60) days before the Annual Membership meeting, the Nominating Committee shall prepare and disseminate to each member a ballot including the names of each candidate, biographical information, and platform statement.  The Board of Directors shall determine whether paper or electronic ballots shall be used.  Ballots will be tallied and verified at least twenty (20) days before the Annual Membership Meeting.

Section 3.  A paper ballot election will necessitate that the President appoint two (2) tellers to count the ballots and to report the results to the Director of Services.   These tellers shall not be members of the Board of Directors or the Nominating Committee.  The Director of Services will provide the President with the final tallied/verified results of the election. The President shall declare the candidates receiving the majority of votes cast to be the elected officers and/or regional directors and shall notify all candidates within one (1) week.

Section 4.  Nominations may be made only through the Nominating Committee.  Any member of the Association may submit suggested names of candidates to the Nominating Committee for consideration.  Additional candidates may be nominated by a petition bearing the signatures of twenty-five (25) members.  This petition, together with the written consent of the nominee, shall be submitted to the chair of the Nominating Committee no later than thirty (30) days after the candidates are announced.



Section 1.  The standing committees of this Association shall be the nominating Committee, the Budget and Finance Committee, the Membership Committee, and the Bylaws and Policy Committee.  Such other standing committees as may be deemed necessary to carry on the work of this Association shall be established by the President with the approval of the Board.

Section 2.  Chairs of standing committees shall be appointed for one (1) year and may not serve for more than three (3) consecutive years in the same capacity except with the approval of the Board.

Section 3.  Each committee shall submit a written report to the President prior to the Annual Membership Meeting.



Groups of at least twenty-five (25) members in good standing with common interests and concerns may petition the Board of Directors for recognition as divisions under policies approved by the Board of Directors.



The most current edition of Robert's Rules of Order shall be the parliamentary authority for this Association in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with the Bylaws.



Section 1.  Amendment to these Bylaws may be made at the Annual Membership Meeting or by a voting method determined by the OELMA Board of Directors.  Amendments may be proposed by the Bylaws and Policy Committee of the Association for the approval of the Board of Directors or by a petition signed by at least twenty-five (25) members.

Section 2.  Proposed amendments must be submitted in writing and members will be notified at least thirty (30) days before voting may occur.

Section 3.  To pass, amendments must receive a two-thirds vote of those members voting.  Amendments shall become effective upon adoption unless otherwise specified



This corporation is a result of consolidation of the Ohio Association of School Librarians and the Educational Media Council of Ohio.  Whatever rights as existed to the use of these names is vested in the corporation.



Section 1.  INDEMNIFICATION.  This corporation may indemnify or agree to indemnify any person who is serving or has served as a trustee, officer, or employee of the corporation, or who is serving or has served at the request of the corporation as trustee, officer or employee of another corporation, against expenses, judgments, decrees, fines, penalties or amounts paid in settlement in conjunction with the defense of any pending or threatened action, suit or proceeding, criminal or civil, to which he is or may be made a party by reason of being or having been such a trustee, officer, or employee; provided the trustee acting at a meeting at which a quorum consisting of trustees who are not parties to or threatened with any such action, suit, or proceeding is present, determine that such trustee, officer or employee:
       a.  Was not and has not been adjudicated to have been negligent of or guilty of misconduct in the performance of his duty to the corporation of which he
            is a trustee, officer or employee;
       b.  Acted in good faith in what he reasonably believed to be the best interest of such corporation, and
       c.  In any matter the subject of criminal action, suit or proceeding had no reasonable cause to believe his action was unlawful.
Any trustee who is a party to or threatened with any such action, suit or proceeding shall not be qualified to vote, and if for this reason a quorum of trustees who are not disqualified from voting by reason of being parties to or threatened with such action, suit or proceeding cannot be obtained, such determination shall be made by three (3) attorneys-at-law, who have not heretofore represented the corporation in any matter and who shall be selected by all of the officers and trustees of the corporation who are not parties to or threatened with any such action, suit or proceeding.  If there are not officers or trustees who are qualified to make such selections, the selection shall be made by the judge of the Probate Court of Franklin County, Ohio.  Such indemnification shall not be deemed exclusive of any other right to which such trustee, officer or employee may be entitled under the articles, the regulations, any agreement, any insurance purchased by the corporation, votes of the members or otherwise.

Section 2.  INSURANCE.  The Board of Trustees of the corporation may secure and maintain such policies of insurance as it may consider appropriate to insure any person who is serving or has served as a trustee, officer or employee of the corporation, or who is serving or has served at the request of the corporation as a trustee, officer or employee of any other corporation, against liability and expenses arising out of any claim or breech of duty, error, misstatement, misleading statement, omission of other acts done or attempted solely by reason of their being such director, officer or employee of the corporation.



            The interest of a member in the property of the Association is limited to its use for Association purposes.  If the Association is dissolved, all of its property not needed for the payment of its debts and expenses shall be transferred or conveyed to one or more organizations that engage in activities related to the improvement or development of educational media services and that qualify for exemption under Section 501 (c) of the Internal Revenue code of 1954 (or similar statutes hereafter enacted).  The Board of Directors shall select the organizations to which such transfer or conveyance is made and shall determine how the property is apportioned between them.  In the absence of such a selection or determination by the Board, it may be made by a court of competent jurisdiction.

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