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 1st. No Late Applications will be accepted. All awards and scholarships are presented at the September educonference, unless noted otherwise.


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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 organizations for exemplary support.  This award honors 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 School Solutions 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 Individual School Library Award recognizes an exceptional building-level library program that is integrated across the total curriculum, thus meeting the diverse needs of all learners.


Outstanding School Library District Award recognizes an exceptional district library program. Honorees demonstrate a district culture that advocates for the integral role of the school library program in student achievement at the building and district level.


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.





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