Follett School Solutions Award

2015 Award Recipient:

Sarah Thornbery, Teacher-Librarian

Springboro Junior High School, Springboro Community City Schools

Springboro, Ohio





The OELMA/Follett School Solutions Award recognizes a licensed Ohio school librarian, who develops an exemplary school library program, collaborates with classroom teachers, implements technology-integrated instruction, and advocates for school libraries.  


Previous Follet School Solutions Award Recipients




This Award is sponsored by Follett Library Resources, which provides a $ 150 stipend and commemorative plaque for the recipient.  The honoree will be recognized during the Awards Program at OELMA's 2015 September Educonference. The recipient’s name will be announced via OELMA’s E-mail list and posted on the Scholarship & Awards section of OELMA’s Web page.





OELMA’s Scholarship & Awards Committee is charged with reviewing applications for all Association awards.  The Committee is comprised of a representative from each OELMA Region, the Immediate Past President, and the Scholarship and Awards Co-Chairs, who are appointed by the President.  OELMA’s Board of Directors makes the final decision on all awards.  





The OELMA/Follett Library Resources Outstanding School Librarian Award recipient will be selected from nominees who meet the following criteria:


  • OELMA membership for the previous five years;
  • A  licensed Ohio school librarian, who demonstrates notable performance in the following areas:  collaborating with classroom teachers; implementing technology-integrated instruction; and advocating for school libraries; and
  • Demonstrates outstanding performance in at least one of the above-listed categories.
  • Meets at least minimum score on OELMA’s Follett School Solutions Award Rubric. Click here for the Follett School Solutions Award Rubric.





Application packets should include the following materials:


Completed OELMA Scholarship &  Awards Program Application Form;


Application letter, which explains how the candidate meets award selection criteria; this letter needs to provide specific evidence of collaboration with classroom teachers, implementation of technology-integrated instruction, and school library advocacy; and

Career-related details (e.g. resume), including the following: current and previous professional positions; education; professional organizations and offices held; outstanding achievements; honors and awards.



Late materials will not be accepted.



All application materials must be submitted to the OELMA Office in a single packet or .pdf file. The following three submission methods may be used:


·         Hand-deliver award application materials to the OELMA Office by 5 p.m. April 1st;


·         Mail award application materials.  Award materials must be postmarked by 5 p.m. April 1st;


·         Submit award application materials online at by 5 p.m. April 1st.


              o   You will be able to upload supporting materials to the online form.



Send completed application materials to: OELMA Office, c/o Scholarships & Awards Committee, 17 South High Street, Suite 200, Columbus, OH  43215   E-mail:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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