This week, Laurie Katusin Swallen, the 2014 J. Allen Oakum Scholarship recipient, tells us why she “hearts” OELMA:
As Laurie points out in her video, being a school librarian can sometimes feel isolating, which is why the networking, support, and professional development provided to members of OELMA is so critical.
Here are some of the opportunities for networking, support, and professional development OELMA has scheduled for the next month:
· April 10 – 6:00 – 8:00 pm – Library, Computer, and Research Skills for College Success – Jerome Library, Bowling Green State University
· April 18 – 9 am – 3:45 pm – Assessment Ready: Collaborations to Impact Student Achievement – Hilliard Bradley High School, Hilliard, Ohio
· Become an OELMA Mentor – We’re looking for “seasoned” librarians who are willing to be available, by phone or email, to offer support and encouragement to some of our newest members. If you are interested, please email me at email@example.com
Happy Spring, OELMA, and Thanks for Everything!
Our featured “I HEART OELMA” video this week is of Sarah Thornbery, a 2014 Leadership in Action Award winner:
As I listen to Sarah, I am again impressed by how OELMA role models reached out to her and encouraged her when she was starting out in library leadership, which helped inspire her to become the strong advocate for school librarians at the local, state, and national levels that she is today (Sarah is our current chair of OELMA Advocacy Committee and is also currently serving as the AASL Region 3 Director!).
My challenge for each of you is to think about a school librarian you know who might just need that gentle nudge of encouragement to take on a new leadership role and let their talents shine! Consider nominating them to serve on the 2016 Board of Directors or nominating them for an award to honor their talents! Nominations for Board Members are open until April 10, 2015 and can be submitted to Kate Brunswick at firstname.lastname@example.org. Award nominations are open until April 1, 2015. Find more information at https://www.oelma.org/awards/overview-article.
**Other 2014 award winners will continue to be featured over the next several weeks.**
In this week’s video clip, the 2014 Follett School Solutions Award winner, Cheryl Cartwright, explains why she “Hearts” OELMA and how OELMA members have influenced her throughout her career:
As you can see in Cheryl’s video, in the videos of other award winners we’ve seen so far, and in the ones we will be seeing in coming weeks, OELMA mentors have played a big role in inspiring these library leaders.
In its efforts to serve new members and reach out to colleagues just starting out in the profession, the OELMA Board and Membership Committee have decided to develop a list of OELMA members who are willing to be mentors to new members. Sometimes, the listserv can be intimidating for a newbie, so having one person to reach out to first when you have a question can ease some anxiety while you’re trying new things and building your confidence. OELMA mentors will offer advice and encouragement to help our newest members during that transition.
Our first step in starting these mentorship connections is creating a list of our experts who are willing to be mentors. WE NEED YOU! If you are willing to be connected with a new member as a mentor, please email me at email@example.com. Please include your name, school(s), grade levels you work with, your OELMA region, and contact information.
Thank you in advance for being willing to inspire out next generation of Library Leaders!
Our featured “I HEART OELMA” video this week is of Michelle Lombardi, a 2014 Emerging Leader Award winner:
In addition to managing her library in two languages (she works at a bilingual school!), Michelle is also co-chairing this year’s Awards and Scholarship Committee. Do you know someone who is doing amazing work for school libraries in Ohio? Consider nominating them for one of this year’s many awards and scholarships. Applications are due April 1st.
Why do YOU “Heart” OELMA? Send your short video or typed comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. We are using your ideas to refresh and update our promotional materials.
**Watch for other 2014 award winners to be featured throughout the coming weeks.**
This week, we will hear from Dr. Christina Dorr, winner of the 2014 Leadership in Action Award about why she loves being a member of OELMA.
I am inspired by Christina’s video to think: “Do I know a school librarian that might benefit from the friendships and professional networking OELMA offers?” If your answer is YES, consider inviting that person to one of our upcoming events:
· Innovative Learning Spaces EduConference– March 14, 2015, Rootstown, Ohio
· Assessment Ready: Collaborations to Increase Student Achievement – April 18, 2015 – Hilliard, Ohio
· Any of your Regional meetings (check www.oelma.orgfor updated offerings)
Also, remember to submit your own short video telling us Why You HEART OELMA! We are going to use submissions to create membership and advocacy materials. Send your videos to email@example.com
*Not Ready to be a Movie Star? E-mail your comments in writing, so that they can be used in our print promotional items.
Thanks for everything, OELMA,
Proud Member Since 2006
In honor of Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d share a segment of a video, made for the 2014 OELMA Awards Ceremony, in which I was asked to describe what I love about OELMA.
Recently, I was asked to chair the OELMA Membership Committee and I was inspired to ask all of you to also answer:
Why Do You “Heart” OELMA?
Create a short video and email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are going to use what is shared in some of our new membership materials.
Not ready to be a movie star? We’d love for you to still email your favorite things about OELMA, so that we can add them to some of our other marketing campaigns.
**Watch for the “Why I Love OELMA” clips from our other 2014 award winners over the next couple of weeks!**
Happy Valentine’s Day, OELMA!
Proud Member of OELMA since 2006