OELMA was created in 1976, when the Ohio Association of School Librarians and the Educational Media Council of Ohio joined together.  It quickly became and remains the premier Ohio organization for school library media personnel. Members include pre-K-12 teachers and library media specialists, educational aides, college students, university professors, technology specialists, vendors, authors and literary specialists throughout Ohio and other states.


The organization is governed by a President, Past-president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer and a board representing various geographical areas of Ohio. Additionally, we employ a Director of Services, from Accent On Management, at the OELMA office in Columbus.


All dues paying members are voting members, who receive updates via email, newsletter and the yearly magazine.  All members are eligible to serve in any capacity of service.


The following summarizes our purpose for the past year and several years to come.


Mission Statement

The mission of the Ohio Educational Library Media Association is to meet the needs of Ohio’s learners as we advocate for and provide professional development to school librarians.

Vision Statement

The Ohio Educational Library Media Association is Ohio’s preeminent professional association for highly effective school librarians and libraries.

Value Statement

Commit to educational excellence and academic achievement.

Serve the needs of 21st Century learners and workers in a global society.

Respect and promote diverse people and ideas.

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