OELMA is fortunate to have many dedicated individuals who contribute their knowledge, talent, creativity, and energy toward the promotion and development of the educational library/media profession in Ohio. OELMA annually presents awards to members who reflect the excellence of the organization and the profession and shine in the spotlight as distinguished and outstanding educators.


As an OELMA member, this is your opportunity to bestow honor upon deserving colleagues. Nomination forms are available from the OELMA Office or the OELMA web page. Nomination forms must be returned to the OELMA Office by no later than 5:00 p.m. on April 15th. No Late Applications will be accepted. All awards and scholarships are presented at the Annual Conference, unless noted otherwise.


Printable Application for all awards except Library Leadership Ohio Scholarship

Printable Library Leadership Ohio Scholarship Application

Online Submission Form



Award Descriptions


Emerging Leader Award recognizes OELMA members who have recently assumed an OELMA leadership role for the first time. This Award honors members who demonstrate leadership potential and encourages members’ active participation in OELMA. 


Information Technology Innovation Award recognizes school librarians who design, develop, and implement innovative uses of technology in instruction.  This award spotlights the  importance of emerging technologies in supporting student learning.


Intellectual Freedom Award recognizes Ohio school librarians and/or other Ohio educators who demonstrate support for the American Library Association’s principles of intellectual freedom. 


Leadership-in-Action Award recognizes Ohio's school librarians pursuing active leadership roles in local schools, in OELMA, and in national professional organizations (e.g. AASL, ALA).  This award honors OELMA members demonstrating an ongoing commitment to  leadership in the school library profession. 


Literacy Leader Award recognizes community members and/or community organizations for  exemplary support of literacy.  This award honors individuals  and/or groups supporting literacy, which reinforces student learning.



OELMA offers two annual scholarships: J. Allen Oakum Scholarship and OELMA Scholarship.  These scholarships are $ 500 stipends awarded to Ohio residents enrolled in accredited library school programs, who are pursuing licensure in school library/media. 


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


Outstanding Administrator Award recognizes an Ohio school administrator, who has made significant contributions to the planning, implementation, and/or support of school library programs, resulting in improved program quality and  increased student learning. 


Outstanding Contributor Award honors an Ohio licensed school librarian who has made outstanding contributions to school librarianship.  The honoree has demonstrated a long-term commitment to the school library profession, while serving in OELMA leadership roles.





Congratulations to the 2014 OELMA Award Recipients


Outstanding Administrator Award

Dan Girard, Principal

Brookside Elementary School, Worthington, OH


Literacy Leader Award

Morgen Wade

Columbus Housing Partnership Bright Ideas Book Bank, Columbus, OH


Emerging Leader Award – Two Recipients

Jessica Klinker, Library Media Specialist

Franklin Heights High School, Columbus, OH


Michelle Lombardi, Library Media Specialist

Columbus North International School, Columbus, OH


Leadership-in-Action Award – Two Recipients

Christina Dorr, Library Media Specialist

Horizon Elementary School & Alton Darby Elementary School, Hilliard, OH


Sarah Thornberry, Library Media Specialist

Springboro Middle School, Springboro, OH


Outstanding Contributor Award

Krista Taracuk, Head Library Media Specialist, retired

Thomas Worthington High School, Worthington, OH

School Library Representative, State Library of Ohio Board


OELMA/Follett Library Resources Outstanding School Librarian Award
Cheryl Cartwright, Library Media Specialist/District Library Coordinator

Greensview Elementary School, Upper Arlington, OH


OELMA Scholarship

Karen Mossing, Library Media Specialist

Southeastern Junior/Senior High School, Chillicothe, OH


J. Allen Oakum Scholarship
Laurie Katusin Swallen, Teacher/Librarian

Tuslaw High School, Massillon, OH


View a complete list of past Award Winners



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